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Comparing NFL Running Backs To WWE Stars

Posted by in NFL General on March 3rd, 2012 | Comment »

NFL Running Backs Compared To WWE WrestlersIf you could compare NFL running backs to WWE wrestlers, who would they compare to? We’ll break down NFL running backs and list their WWE counterparts in this series.

Adrian Peterson — Adrian Peterson is the cream of the crop of NFL running backs. Big, explosive, elusive, powerful — he has it all. In order to find his WWE counterpart, you have to look at the man who’s been at the top of the WWE for years. Although no longer an active WWE wrestler, other than his WrestleMania 28 match against John Cena, The Rock is to the WWE what Adrian Peterson is to NFL running backs — the prototype. He is the envy of fellow running backs and GMs around the league.

Chris Johnson — Although 2011 was a down year for Johnson after posting ridiculous numbers in his first three years, Chris Johnson is still the NFL’s fastest running back and the sole reason he was taken by the Titans in the first round of the NFL draft back in 2008. To find his WWE counterpart, you have to look for a WWE star with speed who is able to strike at any moment. That WWE star is none other than Randy Orton. Randy Orton is known for his quick and vicious attacks on WWE rivals. Orton is able to strike from anywhere, at any time, and often dominates unsuspecting opponents. Chris Johnson has the same ability. With a single snap, Johnson can strike opponents by taking the ball 80 yards for a touchdown and do it again on the very next drive.

LeSean McCoy — There is no doubt that LeSean McCoy was the breakout star of the 2011 NFL season. LeSean racked up 1,309 rushing yards, 17 rushing TDs, 315 receiving yards, and another 3 receiving TDs. To find Shady’s WWE counterpart, we have to look to see who WWE’s breakout star of 2011 was. WWE’s biggest rising star of 2011 was Albert Del Rio who started off 2011 by winning the Royal Rumble and later winning the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Both McCoy and Del Rio will be looking to carry the momentum they gained in 2011 into 2012.

Maurice Jones-Drew — Jones-Drew was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 with 1,606 yards despite his 5’7″ stature. In order to compare Jones-Drew to his WWE counterpart, you have to look for a WWE star with a small frame that still packs a punch. That star would be Rey Mysterio. Mysterio stands at 5’6″ tall, yet is a WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, and 2006 Royal Rumble winner. Both stars have been able to overcome their small size and still dominate their respective sports.

Steven Jackson — When I hear of Steven Jackson, I cannot think of any other running back that has had that many years in the league and has still got it. Although no longer the rusher he once was due to age and injury, when there’s a healthy Steven Jackson, there’s a back that is still capable of absolutely running all over opposing defenses. Steven Jackson still managed to finish 9th in the league in rushing despite battling a strained hamstring throughout the season. Jackson finished the year with his 7th straight year with 1,000+ yards rushing. Like Jackson, The Undertaker has been around for a long, long time and continues to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents. Although The Undertaker is battling some injuries himself, Undertaker still has the power to dominate the WWE.

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