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In the crowd to watch the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Duke Blue Devils in Monday's national championship game were two rather decent NFL players:

One was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native, former Badger and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who took in the game alongside tennis player Caroline Wozniacki:

JJ WattPhil Ellsworth/ESPN

The other? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who watched with actress/girlfriend Olivia Munn (not pictured):

Aaron Rodgers Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

If you don't believe Rodgers, who played at California, can be a Badgers fan, here is what he had to say about that (note: red refers to rival Stanford's colors):

That's some pretty hefty football firepower behind the basketball Badgers. Who's No. 1?

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Your 2014 NFL predictions?

The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!

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The numbers say Tom Brady no longer is a top-five quarterback. Brady, meanwhile, says only one number matters: the score. All of which is to say, the status of the New England Patriots star is up for discussion. Where does the three-time Super Bowl champion rank among the NFL's signal-callers today?

Best quarterbacks in NFL

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

Chicago Bears

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Ben R'berger

Ben R'berger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

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Richard Sherman isn't universally loved, especially after his now-infamous postgame tirade against Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers. But that doesn't mean he's without his fans; quite the opposite, in fact, as the Seattle Seahawks cornerback ranked 10th on the NFL's list of most-bought jerseys. Two of Sherman's teammates, Russell Wilson (second) and Marshawn Lynch (sixth) also made the list. No. 1? Their opponent's quarterback in Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning.

Our question: Which of the top 10 is your favorite? Whom do you like the least? Click on the images below to set your personal popularity rankings!

Popular NFL Players

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Jersey rank: 4

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Jersey rank: 5

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Jersey rank: 3

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Jersey rank: 6

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Jersey rank: 1

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Jersey rank: 7

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Jersey rank: 8

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Jersey rank: 10

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Jersey rank: 9

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Russell Wilson

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Peyton Manning has the records. Tom Brady has the rings. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers? They have some impressive credentials, too. Who is the best among the NFL playoff teams' 12 starting quarterbacks? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Tom Brady

Patriots

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Drew Brees

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Nick Foles

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Colin Kaepernick

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Andrew Luck

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Peyton Manning

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Cam Newton

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Philip Rivers

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Aaron Rodgers

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Alex Smith

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Russell Wilson

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