Tom Brady = Eminem
Arguably the best in their profession. Neither talks to the media much. Both owe great deal of credit to their superiors Bill Belichick and Dr. Dre.
Peyton Manning = Jay-Z
Clearly one of the GOATs. Many accolades, memorable moments. Their numbers don't lie, but just like people question Peyton's lack of titles, Hip-Hop purists question Jay's true MC skills.
Cam Newton = Kanye West
Big personality. Polarizing. Makes headlines with their fashion and their tirades.
Russell Wilson = Drake
Both are biracial and get the "Black Card" criticism. Can be successful multiple ways (Russell can be a pocket QB and scramble, Drake can rap and sing). Make big headlines in dating lives.
Aaron Rodgers = Kendrick Lamar
Both are products of the West Coast. Among the best in the game. Versatile. Strong, cult like followings. Bonafide superstars who deserve more credit.
Ben Rothlisberger = T.I.
Future Hall of Famers, ran into trouble in careers (Big Ben rape allegations, T.I. gun charges), still performing at high level despite veteran status. Well-respected.
Carson Palmer = Snoop Dogg
Ageless veterans who should hang it up soon.
Phillip Rivers = Nas
One of the greats. Does not get the accolades of some his more popular contemporaries. Still making great impact after many years
Jay Cutler = The Game
Remarkably talented, but hindered by lack of progression. Needs strong leadership around them to maximize their talent
Andy Dalton = Macklemore
Great numbers, undeniable skill, but mainstream media treats them like the redheaded stepchild.
Derek Carr = Vince Staples
Both are the best kept secret in their profession. Great young talents who will only continue to get better.
Eli Manning = Ludacris
Excellent, storied careers. On the decline. Still capable of being great in flashes.
Colin Kaepernick = Talib Kweli
Only in national spotlight when they create social and political headlines. Skills have deteriorated to the point where they are no longer household names.
Drew Brees = Lil' Wayne
Are living legends in New Orleans. Both have jaw dropping numbers and both had their one moment on top of the mountain (Brees Super Bowl title, Lil' Wayne classic album Tha Carter III)
Matt Ryan = Jon Connor
Not flashy. Very self-aware. Good, borderline great talent. May have reached their peak already.
Jameis Winston = Future
Both faced huge criticism breaking into their professions, but is slowly proving their critics wrong
Andrew Luck = J. Cole
Both from smaller markets (Luck plays in Indianapolis, Cole from North Carolina). Immense talents who do not get enough praise as they deserve
Matthew Stafford = 2 Chainz
Wildly entertaining, but wildly inconsistent
Michael Vick = 50 Cent
Exploded on to the scene. Changed the game. Flaws became more apparent as time wore on.
Carson Wentz = Chance The Rapper
Young talents, garnering support with each passing day. Quickly becoming household name.
Mark Sanchez = Memphis Bleek
Had all the tools and opportunities to be successful, but could never achieve a high level of success
Robert Griffin III = Meek Mill
Lacks self awareness, constantly taking Ls.
Joe Montana = 2Pac
Both became West Coast icons before sweeping the nation. Many would argue they are the best-of-all-time
Joe Namath = The Notorious B.I.G.
Dominated the scene in New York. Cultural icons. Careers cut short sooner than they should have been.