Who should be the true face of an NFL franchise

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

As the 2019 season rolls around most teams already have their potential face of the franchise ready to go for interviews and team representations. But is that one player, chosen by the front office, the true face of the franchise?

Many times teams get it wrong. They put a player in that role whom they feel fits “the mold”. They assume he is the one everyone wants to see.  

But what constitutes earning the right to be the face of the franchise? Does it always have to be a quarterback? Or should the face of the franchise be of the one who truly represents the team?

Well, in my opinion, the one representing the team should display the following criteria:

  • Team player, not self-serving
  • Takes ownership when makes mistakes
  • Answers media questions with respect and dignity
  • Helps the team in any way possible, even if that means outside of regular position
  • Plays with high velocity, professionalism and earns the respect of NFL players.

With that being said, here is an attempt to list those that I believe should be the face that represents their team:

AFC East
New England Patriots: – Linebacker Dont’a Hightower
Miami Dolphins – Wide Receiver Kenny Stills
Buffalo Bills – QB Josh Allen
NY Jets – QB Sam Darnold

AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs – quarterback Patrick Mahomes
LA Chargers – QB Philip Rivers
Denver Broncos – LB Von Miller
Oakland Raiders – QB Derek Carr

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens – QB Lamar Jackson
Pittsburgh Steelers- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
Cleveland Browns – QB Baker Mayfield
Cincinnati Bengals – QB Andy Dalton

AFC South
Houston Texans- LB JJ Watt 
Indianapolis Colts- QB Andrew Luck
Tennessee Titans- DT Jurrell Casey
Jacksonville Jaguars- QB Nick Foles 

 

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys – Tight End Jason Witten
Philadelphia Eagles – QB Carson Wentz
Washington Redskins – TE Vernon Davis
NY Giants – Running Back Saquon Barkley 

NFC West
LA Rams – DT Aaron Donald
Seattle Seahawks – QB Russell Wilson
San Francisco 49ers – TE George Kittle
Arizona Cardinals – WR Larry Fitzgerald

QBs *Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray still has to prove themselves

NFC North
Chicago Bears – QB Mitchell Trubisky
Green Bay Packers – DT Kenny Clark
Minnesota Vikings – WR Stefon Diggs
Detroit Lions – QB Matt Stafford 

NFC South
New Orlean Saints – QB Drew Brees
Atlanta Falcons – QB Matt Ryan
Carolina Panthers – RB Christian McCaffrey
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – C Ali Marpet

You probably have questions on some of these wondering why I didn’t pick the obvious choices in quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers or Eli Manning. It is not that they haven’t “earned” it, but they lack some of the bullet point requirements to represent their team fully. 

Outside the obvious, who would you put in as the face of the franchise following the above criteria? Have fun discussing!

 Do you agree with who Wanda has as the face of your franchise?  Chat with her on Twitter @WandaW63

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