Playbook: Who is the NFL’s LeBron?

Since NBA commissioner David Stern just announced the first two weeks of the basketball season are no more, we had an interesting corollary for all you roundball-lovers.

Who’s the NFL’s Lebron James?

In a league where there aren’t enough cameras to watch one of 53 guys warm up and toss powder into the sky, is it fair to say any football player can match James’ global persona, star power or his physical domination of the sport?

After watching tape of these players on the “All-22” camera, a study amongst ourselves could at least start the conversations with all of you.

According to a blind vote of the six members of the Playbook research staff, four players were mentioned: Calvin Johnson (two votes), Peyton Manning (two), Tom Brady (1) and Adrian Peterson (1).

An argument can be made for each of these players.

1) Manning – Whether he’s pitching a football or a Sony television with Justin Timberlake, Manning is a star both on and off the field. Before his injury, he was bar-none the most spectacular player to watch on tape, too. His ability to put the ball wherever he wants is Alien-like.

2) Johnson – While Johnson might not have the global star-power of a Manning, he has the cooler nickname, Megatron, and a phenomenal skillset to back it up. With his size (6-foot-4, 237 pounds) and speed, he runs to the football with nothing less than the determination of the Decepticon’s leader on the hunt for an Allspark cube. He just produces explosive touchdown sequels, not overdone Michael Bay films.

3) Brady – Brady’s appeal is undeniable, on the field and off it. He’s won three Super Bowls and is married to a supermodel. He’s probably the craftiest handler of the ball in the NFL (when it comes to play-fakes, hand-offs, etc.). And who else gets a full spread on his hair in People Magazine?

4) Peterson – Peterson has been as-advertised since high school. Nicknamed “All Day,” Peterson runs the ball with a fearlessness and effortlessness that is unmatched in the game. He’s also the face of Nike.

So, now that you’ve heard our opinion, what is yours? Tweet at us about it @NFLN_Playbook or post feedback below.

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