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The 10 Most Jacked NFL Football Players

The 10 Most Jacked NFL Football Players



Most people can agree that NFL players are the biggest and most badass athletes around. Here are what I believe to be the 10 most jacked, ripped, cut, shredded, muscular NFL football players currently in the league (in no particular order). Being that this list is very subjective, we created a list based on a combination of criteria including muscular size, vascularity, leanness, proportionality, aesthetics, and rarity of body types. We supplied you with pictures so you can see more clearly why we chose one athlete over the other and who has a better physique in our eyes.





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Note: All NFL Combine times are not official. Many results were contradictory or non-existent so I tried my best to find the most accurate statistics with what I had.




Adrian Peterson

Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

6’1, 217 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.4 sec

Vertical Jump: 38.5”

Adrian Peterson has established himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL with his natural ability and hard work ethic. During the pre-season, Peterson lifts two or three times a week, doing both upper body and lower body together, mixing in cardio. He doesn’t like running on a treadmill or riding a bike, so he chooses to run outside. Also, he tries to do lunges, single-leg squats, then gets his full squats in. Peterson tries to work every muscle in his legs from quads to the hamstrings to the calves. He hasn’t maxed out since college, in which he would max out squats at around 540 pounds. Peterson’s preferred rep range is three sets of 15, but changes it at times to add variety to his workouts. Since getting into the NFL, Peterson has changed his diet to baked foods such as a fish, chicken and potatoes. His supplements of choice are Cytosport supplements, specifically Muscle Milk.  To recover from his games, he prefers cold tubs and massages.



Reggie Bush

Running Back, New Orleans Saints

6’0, 203 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.33 sec

Vertical Jump: 40.5”

225 lb. Bench Press: 22 reps

Reggie Bush, one of the most dynamic players in football, focuses on a specific workout that mimics split-second game, or career-changing decisions, that are difficult to replicate in the gym. Bush focuses on a regimen called Fre Flo Do, invented by Los Angeles-based Kappel LeRoy Clarke. This routine is exhausting and will push the athlete beyond what he is used to. All exercises take place on something called the Launchpad, which was created by Clarke. The Launchpad is like a rotating treadmill that moves at various speeds, in which Bush works with everything from medicine balls to baseball bats. The purpose of the routine is not only to increase strength and prevent injury but also for the athlete to control his body and understand it. Bush does this routine three times per week in the off-season and increases it to an extra day as training camp approaches. 



Jevon Kearse

Defensive End, Tennessee Titans           

6’4, 265 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.43 sec

Vertical Jump: 37”

225 lb. Bench Press: 26 reps

Javon Kearse, a 3X Pro Bowl selection, is exactly what his nickname implies…a freak. Drafted out of Florida, the guy made an instant splash in the NFL, leading the Tennesee Titans to their first Superbowl during the 1999 season.  Kearse, in an attempt to gain weight during college, ate, amongst other things, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of milk before he went to sleep every night. Now, he’s a 265-pound monster.


Thomas Jones

Running Back, NY Jets

5’10, 212 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.43 sec

Vertical Jump: 35”

225 lb. Bench Press: 24 reps

Thomas Jones, a Pro-Bowl running back for the New York Jets, works out Monday through Thursday and has a personal trainer on Friday.  He takes a rest day on Sunday. He believes his workouts are most beneficial when he can get enough rest during the week. Rex Ryan said of Thomas that he was "built upside down". Look at those arms!




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Michael Pittman

Running Back (Currently plays in the UFL, played for Denver Broncos last year)

6’0, 225 lbs

40 Yard Dash: 4.40 sec

Michael Pittman may be the most bodybuilding minded of all football players.  In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Pittman disclosed some of his insane feats of size and strength. He has 21.5-inch biceps (pre-workout) and 23 inches at full flex. He was a skinny, 184-pound freshman at Fresno State to leaving college at 220 pounds and able to bench-press more than 400 pounds. The running back routinely does a 485 pound bench-press, a 505-pound shoulder-shrug and leg-presses 1,500 pounds during his off-season routine.  He also does 90-pound dumbbell curls with each arm! Pittman has admitted that around six or seven workout partners “fell by the wayside” over the years due to his high intensity level in the gym.  Pittman’s eating routine is very plain, especially during off-season training. He shies away from condiments like ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise. The only thing he puts on his chicken is salt and pepper and the only meat on his pasta is turkey. He has a lot of calories in the morning and gradually lowers it during the day. Pittman will only have “cheat meals” (pizza or fried chicken) once in a while to give him added fuel during a gruesome NFL season. In terms of supplements, Pittman relies on three products from the BSN nutritional-supplement company: Cellmass, N.O.-Xplode and Nitrix.




Vernon Davis

Tight End, San Francisco 49ers

6’3, 250 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.38 sec

Vertical Jump: 42”

225 lb. Bench Press: 33 reps

Vernon Davis is the definition of a true Sports Prodigy. He is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and is one of the best true athletes around. According to an interview with AskMen, Davis bench-pressed 465 pounds, power-cleaned 365 pounds and squatted 685 pounds while playing college football at Maryland. Not to mention he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, something unheard of for a tight end. He works out three days a week- Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He focuses primarily on his upper-body. To recover from his workouts, Davis drinks a 20-gram protein shake, floats in the pool and takes a hot-and-cold tub contrast soak. The tight end likes to use resistance bands frequently to get even more results. Davis eats around 3 big meals a day with a protein bar in between lunch and dinner. He relies primarily on eggs and oatmeal in the morning, grilled chicken or a turkey burger with veggies for lunch and dinner. Lastly, Davis hardly drinks alcohol (except for special occasions) because of the dangerous effects alcohol can have on his general health and athletic performance. 


Vernon Gholston

Linebacker, NY Jets

6’3, 264 lbs

40 Yard Dash: 4.56 sec

Vertical Jump: 35.5”

225 lb. Bench Press: 37 reps

Vernon Gholston came out of college as a top player from Ohio State. Going to the NFL, Gholston weighed 265 pounds at around 6% body fat. He put up an astounding 37 reps on the bench-press at the NFL Combine. According to an interview with Men’s Fitness, Gholston likes to keep it in the 6-7 rep range with around 4-5 sets for each exercise.  He likes to increase the weight by 10 pounds and go for the same amount of reps as before. Some incredible feats by Gholston are doing a 455-pound squat for 20 reps with around a 700 pound max.


Brady Quinn

Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

6’3, 236 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.68

Vertical Jump: 36”

225 lb. Bench Press: 24 reps

At a remarkable 5% body fat, Brady Quinn is not your average NFL quarterback. In fact, he takes fitness to a whole new level. He’s the spokesman of Myoplex for a reason…
At the NFL Combine, Quinn broke the record for most repetitions by a quarterback performed on the 225 pound bench-press (24 reps).  Quinn can even squat 500 pounds for reps. On workout days, Quinn trains his upper and lower body in every workout, focusing on basic, compound movements such as squats, presses, rows, pushes and pulls. Quinn believe squats (both front and back) are one of the most important workouts for building size, strength and to get you into shape. Besides building up your legs, Quinn believes squats have so much to do with building core strength. According to Men’s Health, "Brady Quinn's workout centers on exercises that build strength, stability, speed, and power in the least amount of time. Quinn trains his upper body and lower body in every workout, with basic, muscle-building exercises that keep his metabolism elevated." Quinn begins each workout with calisthenics, core exercises, and injury-prevention moves. After that, Quinn focuses on specific muscle groups he plans for each day. As far as Quinn’s strength training, he prefers to do five sets of five with progressively increasing the weight. Quinn sometimes drops the weight and does reps of 20-25 right after a heavy set. In terms of nutrition, Quinn is a big advocate of organic foods, preferably with vegetables and raw foods. He tries to stay within the realm of one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight (which is around 240-250 grams of protein a day). Quinn has a lot of lean beef, chicken, fish, and other kinds of meat and poultry for extra calories and protein. Quinn also relies on supplements, preferably Myoplex.


Terrell Owens

Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills

6’3, 225 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.4 sec

Terrell Owens, one of the best wide receivers of the past generation, is known for not only his athletic ability and “diva” personality but also for his training and nutritional regimen. During football season, Terrell Owens utilizes the use of resistance bands to work on his speed and core training. The bands put less strain on Owens’ joints and give a nice pump to his muscles. During the season, he works out between 2-3 times per week and nothing more so that he doesn’t burn out his body on the football field with all those daily practices. During the off-season, he trains 4-5 times a week with high intensity and concentrates primarily on dumbbells and barbells, jump roping in between sets. Quite possibly Owens’ most astonishing feat is through his eating habits. He requires between 8,000-9,000 calories during training camp and 4,000-6,000 otherwise. Around eight to nine months of the year, Owens eats clean foods (no fried food or processed sugars) and eats every 3-4 hours. He relies mostly on lean protein sources like chicken, fish and egg whites. He also focuses on complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, rice and green vegetables. During the other three to four months, Owens is not as strict with his diet but consistently watches what he eats.

Source: Men's Fitness Magazine

Greg Jones

Fullback, Jacksonville Jaguars

6’1, 254 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.55 sec

Vertical Jump: 37.5”

225 lb. Bench Press: 23 reps

Greg Jones is one of the best fullbacks in the NFL and can be partly responsible for the success of Maurice Jones Drew. The fullback Jones does a 400-pound bench press, 545-pound squat and a 360-pound power clean for reps.


Maurice Jones Drew

Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars

5’7, 208 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.39 sec

Vertical Jump: 36”

225 lb. Bench Press: 18 reps

Maurice Jones Drew is one of the best running backs in the NFL today. Part of his success can be attributed to his built-like-a-rock physique and fitness level. How else can a 5’7 running back be so dominant? According to an interview with Men’s Fitness, Jones-Drew is a big believer of the core because he believes it is essential to prevent injury and to keep your body in balance, something he learned when he did gymnastics as a child. During the season, when most of his teammates are resting on an off-day, Jones-Drew focuses on working out his stability and abs. Since the bulk of his size and strength is situated in his legs, he feels that working on his stability and core will keep himself lighter and more balanced. Jones-Drew also keeps his body in shape through regular stretching and yoga. He stretches twice a day and does hot-yoga classes in the off-season. As far as his diet goes, Jones-Drew focuses on a diet of lean proteins, vegetables, and rice with around 700 calories per meal. He stops eating past six in the evening due to his natural propensity to gain weight and the fact that his body no longer has use for the energy.


Brian Dawkins

Safety, Denver Broncos

6’0, 210 lbs.

40 Yard Dash: 4.35

Brian Dawkins, often revered for his work ethic, has been recognized as the most diligent man in the NFL. Anyone associated with Dawkins knows that he works out harder, and with more intensity than most players in the league. At 6’0” and 210 pounds, Dawkins plays on an elevated level, posting numbers that are respectable for that of a Hall of Famer. He’s the type of guy that the opposing team hates to face because of the threat he poses, but wishes they had him on their team. While he was always told he’d be too small to play football, his weight being on the lower echelon of football players, his training is so intense that his 210-pound frame delivers more force than some of the heaviest guys in the NFL. Dawkins doesn’t disclose his workouts, especially his off-season training. What we do know is that Dawkins likes to get in shape for football by running obstacle courses and training alongside martial artists. He trains in accordance with building up his athletic prowess while not focusing on building muscular size.




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