Who is your QB's musical spirit animal?
NFL quarterbacks are the biggest rock stars in pro sports. They cash the big checks, attract the hottest women and bring stadiums full of fans to their feet with a sensational performance. They also face the harshest critics. That said, which rock or pop star does your favorite team's QB truly embody? With the Grammys on CBS (7:30 p.m. ET Sunday), we thought it would be fun to boil down the essence of starting passers around the NFL and find their musical equivalent. Here's our list. ·Credit: Mike Meredith/CBSSports.com
Carson Palmer is Axl Rose
Why him? Hell hath no fury like a redhead scorned. Both of these guys earned their rep in the L.A. scene on their way to superstardom, then took their balls and went home when they got fed up with their original team -- right at the height of their prime. Palmer forced a trade to the Raiders after a nasty divorce with the Bengals. Rose snatched the rights to the Guns N' Roses trademark and toured with a mercenary crew of hired guns after all of his original bandmates either quit or he fired them. Both chased late-career glory, but they were never as great as they were in their heyday.
Key lyric: "I'm gonna watch you bleed"Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Matt Ryan is CeeLo Green
Why him? There's the Atlanta connection, but the real reason CeeLo and Matt Ryan share the same essence is that they're much better when paired with a great producer. For CeeLo, that's Danger Mouse, who is the second half of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley. CeeLo's got his own hits, but nothing tops "Crazy" -- the Gnarls Barkley debut single that set chart records for digital downloads and was named Rolling Stone's song of the decade for 2000-2009. For Ryan, he reached another level in 2016 with Kyle Shanahan calling the plays, winning NFL MVP and leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl. The duo had a nasty split, of course, after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead, and Ryan hasn't been as great since.
Key lyric: "And although there's pain in my chest, I still wish you the best with a F--- you! Oo, oo, ooo"Credit: USATSI
Joe Flacco is Katy Perry
Why her? Talk about perfect timing. Perry was the highest-paid musician in the world in 2015, right around the same time that Flacco signed a contract extension that made him the highest-paid QB in the NFL. While they both turned in great Super Bowl performances, it's still up for debate as to whether they're truly elite.
Key lyric: "Are you ready for, ready for, a perfect storm, perfect storm?"Credit: USATSI
Tyrod Taylor is The Weeknd
Why him? The Weeknd was that dude that anybody in the know was talking about before he blew up. He wrote the best songs on Drake's 2011 sophomore album, "Take Care" -- don't front, Drizzy -- and his early mixtapes made him one of the most buzzed-about artists in the industry before he went full-on Starboy status. Taylor was pretty much the same guy when he was Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore from 2011-14. Rex Ryan wanted him as his starter with the Jets, while Gary Kubiak wanted him in Denver after his stint as the Ravens coordinator. Ryan, of course, eventually got him in Buffalo.
Key lyric: "Look what you've done, I'm a motherf-----' starboy"Credit: USATSI
Cam Newton is Kanye West
Why him? The sorest of losers. The most outlandish dressers with the most-talked about shoes. Yeah, that's Cam and Kanye. They're transcendent, generational talents, for sure, but people get so sick of hearing them reminding everybody of just that.
Key lyric: "People talk so much s--- about me in barber shops, they forget to get their hair cut"Credit: USATSI
Mitchell Trubisky is Chance the Rapper
Why him? Chance is the guy who makes you feel good every time you watch him, he lifts your spirits, and can elevate everyone else. Long-suffering Bears fans -- Chance among them -- feel the same way about Trubisky after running Jay Cutler out of town, then watching Mike Glennon bumble his way through four starts. It's a new day in the Windy City.
Key lyric: "I'm pre-currency post-language, anti-label, pro-famous, I'm Broadway Joe Namath"Credit: USATSI
Andy Dalton is Ed Sheeran
Why him? Maybe it's the red hair. Maybe it's the "nice guy" label. Whatever it is, people hate Ed Sheeran in the same way that people hate Andy Dalton. That's to say, passionately and relentlessly. Each of these two have plenty of fans, sure, but that support is no match for the deafening chorus of haters on the internet who go berserk whenever, say, Sheeran makes a cameo in a "Game of Thrones" episode or Dalton tosses a crushing pick in another Bengals playoff loss.
Key lyric: "Well, I'll just keep on making the same mistakes, hoping that you'll understand"Credit: Twitter/@edsheeran
DeShone Kizer is Jake Paul
Why him? If you don't know who YouTube star Jake Paul is, you don't want to know. Trust us. You know those funny DirecTV ads where they talk about how some people like drinking spoiled milk, camping in poison ivy, getting a paper cut or having their arm trapped in a vending machine? Yeah, watching Jake Scott on YouTube is like all of those things. It's brutally awful -- just like watching DeShone Kizer play QB for the Cleveland Browns. If you like sitting in gum or being rammed by a shopping cart, well, maybe you disagree.
Key lyric: "Ohio's where I'm from, we chew 'em like it's gum"Credit: USATSI/YouTube
Brock Osweiler is Milli Vanilli
Why them? You can make a lot of money pretending to be something you're not, but eventually you're going to be found out as a phony.
Key lyric: "Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling, blame it on the stars that shine at night, whatever you do, don't put the blame on you"Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Matthew Stafford is Jason Isbell
Why him? Have you ever seen Matthew Stafford and Jason Isbell in the same place together? No. Our point exactly.Credit: USATSI
Aaron Rodgers is Justin Timberlake
Why him? Game recognize game. Seriously, what aren't these two good at? Find one thing -- one thing! Not only that, but they were completely underestimated and pigeon-holed early in their careers. Not to mention, Timberlake is a huge Packers fan who goes to games at Lambeau and Rodgers was once confused for Timberake at a celebrity golf tournament. The superstar QB and the pop superstar text and hang out -- don't tell Clay Matthews -- and they both had flings with Olivia Munn at one point.
Key lyric: "What goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around"Credit: USATSI
Deshaun Watson is SZA
Why her? Nobody had a better debut in 2017 than these two. Watson looked on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors before blowing out his knee, while SZA shot to fame with her debut album and is up for five Grammys.
Key lyric: "This may be the night that my dreams might let me know, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer"Credit: USATSI
Andrew Luck is Jim James
Why him? Andrew Luck may be a $140 million quarterback, but he's really the NFL's biggest hipster. He's a flip phone-rocking, soccer-loving, stinky cheese-consuming bohemian who likes to travel the world with a backpack, started his own book club and owns the NFL's best neck beard. That makes him a perfect match for the My Morning Jacket frontman. These two would be perfectly cast as opposing generals in a Civil War epic with those beards. And you can practically see Luck, who lived in an Indy loft after he was drafted No. 1 so he could bike around town and see shows, in the front row of an MMJ show, surrounded by a sea of flannel. When Luck signed his monster deal, he said his first big purchase was going to be a ping-pong robot to play against himself. Enough said.
Key lyric: "I'm glad I did it all then, I know what I ain't missing, glad I went and got it all outta my system"Credit: USATSI
Jared Goff is Anderson .Paak
Why him? Do you remember Anderson .Paak's' debut? Yeah, probably not. But his sophomore effort? Bangin'. "Malibu" proved .Paak is going to be a musical force for years to come. Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, had a forgettable rookie year, but his second season was a revelation. He was even mentioned as an MVP candidate while leading the Rams to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.
Key lyric: "It took too long to get this high off the ground, don't run, just stay awhile"Credit: USATSI
Jay Cutler is John Mellencamp
Why him? What are the three things that pretty much everybody knows about Mellencamp? That he's from Indiana, he smokes like a chimney and he could give a crap about what other people think about him. Jay Cutler, everybody.
Key lyric: "And there's winners and there's losers, but they ain't no big deal"Credit: USATSI
Case Keenum is Chris Stapleton
Why him? The definition of shooting your shot. Stapleton paid his dues for years in Nashville before getting his break and grabbing on tight and not letting go. That's basically Case Keenum in 2017. The veteran journeyman was forced into action with the Vikings and balled out, leading them to the brink of the Super Bowl.
Key lyric: "Fire away, take your best shot, show me what you got, honey, I'm not afraid, rear back and take aim, and fire away"Credit: USATSI
Tom Brady is Jay-Z
Why him? Political leanings aside, Tom Brady and Shawn Carter couldn't be more alike. They're both old men who absolutely dominate a young man's game. They're self-made gazillionaires. And their gorgeous wives are arguably more internationally famous than they are.
Key lyric: "I will not lose"Credit: USATSI
Drew Brees is Pink
Go ahead and overlook Brees as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but at the end of the day, his numbers stand up to anybody's. There's no denying him. The same couldn't be more true of Pink, the often-overlooked, unstoppable pop star, whose longevity as a monster hitmaker is only matched by her lifting, powerful voice.
Key lyric: "So raise your glass if you are wrong, in all the right ways, all my underdogs, we will never be never be, anything but loud, and nitty gritty, dirty little freaks"Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Eli Manning is Janet Jackson
Why her? Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings. He's heading to the Hall of Fame whenever he retires. And, yet, the very first thing you think about him is that he's the younger sibling of an all-time legend. Yeah, Janet can relate.Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Josh McCown is Willie Nelson
Why him? What's Josh McCown's permanent address? An airport terminal. And everybody knows that Willie Nelson pretty much lives on a bus. These two Texas boys are always on the move -- and they're old as dirt. Nobody gets around more than McCown in the NFL. Since being drafted by the Cardinals in 2002, he's played for 11 teams, which included a one-year stint with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL. As for Willie, he's always on tour.
Key lyric: "On the road again, goin' places that I've never been, seein' things that I may never see again, and I can't wait to get on the road again"Credit: USATSI
Derek Carr is Billy Joe Armstrong
Why him? Two Oakland guys who rock -- one a transplant, the other a native -- who look like they're wearing eyeliner all the time, even though only one of them is.
Key lyric: "I want to take you through a wasteland I like to call my home ... Welcome to paradise"Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Ben Roethlisberger is Kid Rock
Why him? Of course Big Ben makes it into the story about Donald Trump sleeping with a porn star at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. And, of course, Kid Rock is the one celebrity musician you can name who has dined with Trump at the White House. It's not hard to picture either of these two guys kicking back a few or playing a round of golf together. Also notable: both are guilty of heinous crimes against fashion, especially when it comes to hats.
Key lyric: "I play their game, and then they scream my name, I will show no shame, I live and die for this"Credit: USATSI
Jimmy Garoppolo is Adam Levine
Why him? Devastatingly handsome.That's the calling card for the Maroon 5 frontman and the new franchise QB for the 49ers. Both are known as much for their good looks as they are for shining in the spotlight. Ladies love them and guys can't help but want to be them.
Key lyric: "I don't need to try to control you, look into my eyes and I'll own you"Credit: USATSI
Russell Wilson is Taylor Swift
Why her? If you think Taylor Swift is the greatest thing in the world, then you probably feel the same way about Russell Wilson. You're convinced that all the haters are just jealous. And if you think Taylor Swift is a master manipulator whose squeaky clean image is just too good to be true, the product of carefully-crafted social media and marketing, well, then you probably feel the same way about Wilson. Seahawks players reportedly feel like there is one set of rules for Wilson in Seattle, and another set for everybody else -- and that nothing is ever Wilson's fault. That's basically, the same way Kanye West fans or Katy Perry fans feel about Swift. Is she a snake? Or just an innocent bystander, as she would have you believe, in the controversies that continually surround her?
Key lyric: "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, I shake it off, I shake it off"Credit: USATSI
Jameis Winston is Chris Brown
Why him? It's like Aziz Ansari said on "Saturday Night Live" about Donald Trump: "I'm sure there's a lot of people that voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to the music of Chris Brown, where it's like, 'Hey, man! I'm just here for the tunes. … I don't know about that other stuff. I just like the dancing and the music. I don't condone the extracurriculars.'" Yeah, Jameis fans are just here for the football. Just the football, OK?Credit: USATSI/Getty Images
Marcus Mariota is Bruno Mars
Why him? The best that Honolulu has to offer. Mariota is the first Hawaiian to win the Heisman and proudly reps his home state, while Mars earned his musical chops playing gigs with his family, starting at age 4, around Honolulu before coming to L.A. to make it as a pop star. They're both sensational dual-threat players.
Key lyric: "We too fresh, got to blame it on Jesus, hashtag blessed"Credit: USATSI
Kirk Cousins is Scott Stapp
Why him? Cousins genuinely likes Creed. He tweeted about it when Creed was on blast in the Redskins weight room. Creed! You like that? This seriously might be the most Cousins thing ever for a guy who still lives in his parents' basement in the offseason -- with his wife, no less -- and drives a 2000 GMC conversion van that he got from his grandmother. You know, totally normal when you just made nearly $44 million while playing on the franchise tag the last two seasons. Dude's probably got all of Nickelback's albums, too.
Key lyric: "Well I just heard the news today, it seems my life is gonna change, I close my eyes, begin to pray, then tears of joy stream down my face"Credit: USATSI/Getty Images