It’s the first Sunday of the 2015 NFL season, boys and girls. While the New England Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl victory, everyone is looking to dethrone the reigning champs and make their way to the big game.
But we’re a car site, so while we’re as excited as you for the upcoming season, we have to put a bit of a twist on NFL coverage. So, let’s take a look at some players that have automotive doppelgängers.
Marshawn Lynch: Nissan 370Z Nismo
Quick, agile, and not afraid to be a little different. You can use the same three terms to describe both Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, and the brand new Nissan 370Z Nismo. Both are a little underrated, both don’t give a damn about what the media has to say, but when it comes down to it, they perform.
Peyton Manning: Toyota Camry
There’s nothing flashy about Manning’s game. It’s simple, straightforward and puts up a lot of numbers. Manning is essentially the epitome of what everyone imagines a quarterback to be.
So obviously, his automotive counterpart would be a Toyota Camry. There’s nothing flashy about the Camry either, but it puts up big sales numbers and is probably the most reliable car on the market. You’d want a Toyota Camry on your fantasy team.
J.J. Watt: A Tank
If you watched the Houston Texans play last season, you knew exactly what J.J. Watt’s automotive doppelgänger would be. A freakin’ tank, obviously. This guy just runs over offensive lineman like they’re Geo Metros.
Johnny Manziel: Volkswagen GTI
Johnny Football may not have won over Browns’ coach Mike Pettine in season one (or anyone, frankly), but the talented youngster is hoping this season works out better for him. Like the GTI, he’s quick, nimble, and not afraid to be a little boisterous. Here’s to hoping he has as much success too.
Tom Brady: Ferrari 458
Like Manning, Tom Brady’s game is pretty straightforward. But off the field, Brady’s lifestyle might be a bit less humble. A supermodel wife, a regular at red carpet events, and probably one of the nicest abodes anyone has ever seen.
He’s like a Ferrari 458—suave, sophisticated, and sometimes in the news for not so admirable reasons. Just need to make sure the tires are inflated on this 458 before you go for a drive.
Dez Bryant: Ford F-150 Raptor
Let’s put it nicely: Dez Bryant is outspoken. He’s not afraid to get in a defenders face and let everyone know what’s up. That being said, he has the game to back it up. That’s why Dez can be most closely compared to a Ford F-150 Raptor. And plus he plays in Dallas.
The Raptor is a big, no-nonsense, off-road truck. But even with its in-your-face personality, it has the credentials to back it up. One big V8 and 411 horsepower do the trick.
Clay Matthews: Tesla Model S
Clay Matthews as a Tesla? Blasphemy, says Green Bay Packers fans. But think about this: he was in Pitch Perfect 2. Yeahhhh. It definitely doesn’t discredit him as one of the most destructive linebackers in the league, but it does prove that he has range, even if it is in a chick flick.
Like the Model S, Matthews is sophisticated off the field, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, isn’t afraid to take on a bigger foe. Remember when the Model S out-dragged the Viper and a bunch of other supercars?
Adrian Peterson: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Peterson might have had a rough season (or lack thereof) last year, but that doesn’t mean he still isn’t one of the best backs in the league. Like the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Peterson has poise, power, control, and makes defenders look like they’re standing still.
Who else can you think of that has an automotive counterpart? Let us know in the comments below.