It’s fall, and you know what that means – colorful leaves, cute sweaters and football! Even if you’re more interested in cardigans than the Cardinals, here are five hot reasons to become a football fan this season:
Team/position: New England Patriots quarterback
Stats: 32-years-old, 6’4″, 225 lbs.
Status: Married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who’s due in December.
Why he’s hot: He has played in four Super Bowls, won three and was twice named the Super Bowl’s most valuable player.
What to watch for this season: After a knee injury kept him sidelined for much of the 2008 season, Brady looks like he’s back in top form after throwing two touchdowns in a row in a come-from-behind victory against Buffalo in the 2009 season opener. Also, will it be a boy or girl?
Team/position: Dallas Cowboys quarterback
Stats: 29-years-old, 6’2″, 226 lbs.
Status: Single, after breaking up with Jessica Simpson
Why he’s hot: He’s played in two Pro Bowls and is the first Dallas Cowboy to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. In 2008, Victoria’s Secret named him the sexiest male athlete on their What Is Sexy? List
What to watch for: He broke his right pinky finger on his throwing hand last season and has been practicing on a sprained ankle. Also, whom will he date next?
Team/position: New Orleans Saints running back
Stats: 24-years-old, 6’0″, 203 lbs.
Status: Recently broken up (but still close friends) with Kim Kardashian
Why he’s hot: He won college football’s Heisman Trophy in 2005 and has more catches than any running back in the NFL since 2006 despite missing 10 games in the last two seasons.
What to watch for: He had surgery on his left knee in January and sat out the last three pre-season games due to a calf injury. A writer for the Times-Picayune called his performance in the 2009 season opener “sub-par,” but predicted a rebound. Also, will he and Kardashian rekindle their romance?
Team/position: Indianapolis Colts wide receiver
Stats:” 27-years-old, 6’4″, 220 lbs.
Status: Married to Playboy Playmate and reality star Kendra Wilkinson, who is due with their first child in December
Why he’s hot: He averages 19.5 yards per catch and in 2008 he made 33 catches, including three touchdowns.
What to watch for: He’s the new kid on the block. After getting released from the Philadelphia Eagles, Baskett was only signed to the Colts on Sept. 17. Also, baby names! And how will he and Kendra fit in in Indiana?
Team/position: New York Jets quarterback
Stats: 22-years-old, 6’2″, 225 lbs.
Status: Dating model Hilary Rhoda, according to the New York Post Why he’s hot: Check out his spread in GQ
What to watch for: He’s the Jets’ first rookie quarterback to start a game in 32 seasons. Also, more shirtless photo shoots!