Joe Flacco is the handsomest man in the NFL, says a group of 400 “impartial assessors.”
For whatever reason, fan gear retailer Fanatics wanted to know who people think is the best-looking player in professional football, so they showed headshots of NFL players to a group of 400 respondents and had them rate each one from one to 10. In the end, Joe Cool came out on top.
Officially speaking, he’s an 8.2 in looks, according to the survey, which equals roughly one-seventh of his 19th-place quarterback rating (58.6) for 2016, per ESPN. He just barely squeezed past a three-way tie for second between Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Barkley, Detroit Lions fullback Michael Burton and San Diego Chargers linebacker Kyle Emanuel.
One other Raven made the top 10: Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk. He clocked in at 7.4, tying Washington Redskins running back Mack Brown.
While the classic 1-10 attractiveness scale isn’t exactly scientific, Fanatics put a good bit of time into this survey. According to their methodology, they surveyed 400 people, showing them more than 1,600 NFL players’ headshots until each photo had been rated 10 times by 10 different people.
Flacco is already one of the highest-paid players in the league. He earns $22.1 million annually on average heading into the 2017 season, good enough for fourth in the NFL. However, that didn’t seem to inspire his play too much last season — he wasn’t bad, just not necessarily “elite.” Perhaps this new rating, however superficial, will give him the extra boost he needs to help bring his Ravens deep back into the playoffs.
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