NFL stars carry a lot of pressure into every game because they’re always playing for their future. Some of these athletes deliver on their promise and change the fortunes of a franchise through their performances. They’ve been brilliant and helped their team to win in big spots that the teams’ fans were previously accustomed to them losing in.
However, sometimes franchises pin their hopes on specific players who fail miserably. In this guide, we’ll look at 30 NFL athletes who had a massive influence on the fortunes of their franchises. Check out the list below via Bleacher Report.
30. Evan McPherson
Placekickers aren’t the most obvious candidates to change the fortunes of a franchise. However, McPherson’s displays for the Bengals have been nothing short of outstanding. He’s proven that he’s one of the most clutch players in the league. First, he’s the only player in NFL history to enter the Super Bowl with 40 points on the board (via SBNation).
Meanwhile, the rookie maintained a perfect record throughout the 2021 postseason. This was crucial because the Bengals won their three games by just a single score. This included a game-winning field goal over the Chiefs to win the AFC Conference title. He kicked the team into their first Super Bowl since 1989. The pressure on his shoulders was astounding but he didn’t wilt.