Football season is about to, well, kick off. It’s fitting
that in a sports league with so many teams named after animals—the Bears, the Eagles,
the Dolphins, the Lions, etc.—there are plenty of players who show compassion
for our furry, feathered, and finned friends. Here are 11 current and former
NFL pros whom the animals are glad to have on their team:

Sedrick Ellis (New
Orleans Saints)

New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Ellis lives up to his
team’s name in his PETA ad encouraging folks in the Big Easy and elsewhere to make plans to take care of animal
companions before emergencies happen.

©Photo: Josh Williams Photography. Grooming: Brandie Hopstein


Arian Foster (Houston

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster makes my hometown
proud with his outstanding skills on the field and makes animal advocates cheer
for his embrace of healthy and humane vegan foods.

AJ Guel Photography|cc by 2.0

Lance Briggs (Chicago

Playing in the Windy City, linebacker Lance Briggs knows
what cold weather can feel like, which is why dogs don’t belong outside in the wintertime,
as his PETA ad explains.

©Photo: Jimmy Fishbein


Glenn Dorsey (Kansas
City Chiefs)

Also speaking up for cold dogs is Glenn Dorsey, who posed
for a PETA ad with his dog
of whom he said, “Bugs don’t care if we win or lose, he’s still gonna love

©Photo: Matthew Collins, Makeup: Melissa Blayton


Aaron Curry (Oakland

Aaron Curry posed with his rescued dog Laila for a peta2 “Be Your Dog’s
Biggest Defender” ad
urging people not to chain their dogs.

© Photo: Christopher Record, Makeup: Adrian Howe


Willis McGahee
(Denver Broncos)

When he played for the Baltimore Ravens, Willis McGahee, now
on the Denver Broncos, bucked the cruelty of fur by baring his tats—and much
more—for a red-hot PETA “Ink,
Not Mink
” ad.

© Photo: Ken Penn/, Grooming: Tomara Watkins for Stilista Agency


Terrell Suggs
(Baltimore Ravens)

Another Ravens player happy to show his skin to save animals’ hides, Terrell Suggs is one of the toughest linebackers in the
NFL, but he considers the production of fur “cruel and evil” and will
never cross the line by wearing it.

© Photo: Gabrielle Revere/, Makeup: Demi V./


Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta

Tony Gonzalez, a six-time Pro Bowl veteran, also stripped down for PETA, alongside his wife, October, to declare, “We’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear

© Photo: Robert Sebree, Hair: Eric Sebbag for The Cloutier Agency, Makeup: Camille Clark for The Cloutier Agency


Ricky Williams (retired)

Ricky Williams, a vegetarian, hosted PETA’s faux–chicken-wing taste test, crowning Gardein’s vegan
buffalo wings
the winner.


Michael Strahan

Former NFL star Michael Strahan has a new job as co-host of “Live With Kelly and
Michael,” but PETA helped keep him occupied making a public service announcement for “backyard dogs.”



Drew Brees (New
Orleans Saints)

Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, who are both lactose intolerant,
teamed up with dairy-free
brand So Delicious
for a promotion benefiting the couple’s charitable foundation—and anything that
encourages nondairy living also helps cows used for milk.

Even if you have no hope of making it to the Super Bowl, you can still be a champion for animals—learn how.

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Article source: PETA Files

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