Just like the NBA, the NFL has become more diverse in the 21st Century. Even though the influx of Latino’s into the NFL isn’t as big as the NBA’s, the league has still been able to tap into new marketing opportunities.
Those opportunities include Spanish advertising, Latino marketing campaigns, exposure of the game in Latin America, and even Spanish language game broadcasts. As the Latino population in the United States continues to grow by the day, so will the marketing opportunities.
What that being said, here are the top five Latino players currently playing in the NFL:
5. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez
Jets QB Mark Sanchez made Latinos presence known in the NFL during the social media age.” His time with the New York Jets may have ended in infamy, but it began with a lot of promise when Sanchez –a Mexican-American- was taken fifth overall by the Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Those are pretty lofty expectations for guy who was chosen to replace Brett Favre in the Big Apple. In the beginning Sanchez came close to doing just that. He led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010.
But after back-to-back losing seasons in 2011 and 2012 (a combined 14-18 record), followed by an injury plagued 2013, the former USC standout was replaced by Geno Smith. Now Sanchez has a chance to start over in Philadelphia.
If he can master the science of Chip Kelly’s “Oregon Offense” (see video here, it could re-energize his career.
4. Denver Broncos offensive guard Louis Vasquez
Protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is no easy task. But Vasquez, a proud Mexican-American, makes the job look flawless as evidenced by two accomplishment’s in 2013. For starters, Manning threw for career highs in passing yards (5,477), touchdown passes (55) and completions (450).
This led the Broncos to the AFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl 48. Because of everything the Broncos achieved last year, Vasquez has made the Top 100 Players of 2014 list (ranked No. 97).
3. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
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