Football season is approaching, but not fast enough. Luckily, Game of Thrones is about to start and will give people something to look forward to on the weekends between now and football season. I figured I might as well have some fun and combine the two. So in this article, I will be comparing some Game of Thrones characters to some New Orleans Saints players. Some may be a bit of a reach, but it was fun to do.
Arya Stark - Michael Thomas
Both Arya Stark and Michael Thomas have a lot of comparable features. Both got overlooked in the beginning, but after awhile people started noticing them. Nobody expected Arya to still be alive after everything she’s been through, just like nobody expected Michael Thomas to be as good as he was his rookie year. Arya hasn’t stopped training whether it’s with her “Dancing Instructor” (Syrio Forel) or with the many face God. Thomas has been training so much this offseason and has gained 10 pounds of muscle to become better this year. If you screw up covering Thomas he’s going to kill you on a quick slant, a double move or another route. If you screw over Arya Stark she’s going to kill you literally, just ask Walder Frey.
Jon Snow - Drew Brees
Probably the most alike out of characters and players are Jon Snow and Drew Brees. They both have clear-cut traits of being good leaders, one being The King of The North and the other the Leader of the New Orleans Saints. They both do a great job of leading by example. Just like Jon Snow doesn’t care where your from, whether your wildlings, watchers on the wall, or whomever he will go to war with you if it’s for the right reason. Drew Brees doesn’t care whether you’re a tight end, receiver, running back or full back he is going to throw you the ball if your open. Both stand behind walls ready to fight, one wall being around 700 feet tall and the other around 6 and a half feet.
The Hound - Cam Jordan
They have more in common than both being big in stature. The hound has great footwork and upper body strength when he is fighting. Cameron Jordan has those same traits when he is going up against an offensive lineman. He uses multiple moves to affect the quarterback and they always seem to work, which is why he is the Saints best pass rusher. After the first few seasons most people hated The Hound because he was so mean and just seemed like a bad dude, but once the third season came around and he was with Arya Stark you seen that he’s not really a bad guy and can be funny at times. Just like when you see Jordan be mean on the football field, but you watch any interview of the guy you can tell he is a really good guy and completely different person off the field.
The Mountain - Sheldon Rankins
I’m expecting both The Mountain and Sheldon Rankins to have enormous seasons this year. I think The Mountain is going to kill a lot of people this year just like Rankins is going to kill a lot of offensive linemen. Both are very strong guys and can be very dominate. Rankins missed a lot of his rookie year, but when he was on the field he played very well and now that he’s healthy expect him to play even better. Having a
healthy Rankins will help make all the other guys on the defensive line lives a lot easier. The Mountain has been out for a little while as well, but now that he’s back (kind of) expects him to be brutal to whoever crosses Cersei’s path and make her life a little easier.
Cersei Lannister - Delvin Breaux
If we can agree with one thing it’s if Cersei Lannister sets her mind to do something she is going to do it. Like when she decided to take matters into her own hands last season. Everyone knows Delvin Breaux had a horrific neck injury in high school that would have stopped most people from pursuing a career in football, but not Breaux. He kept working hard and wouldn’t stop until he achieved his goal to play in the NFL. So in a way they both never give up even when times are bad. I would also say both are pretty ruthless. Cersei doesn’t care whether you’re a child or an old man; if you’re in her way she will get you out of her way. Breaux on the other hand is ruthless on the football field; whether it’s a big wide receiver or a smaller quicker wide receiver he doesn’t care he’s going to do whatever he can to stop you from catching the ball.
Little Finger - Alvin Kamara
Little Finger is very manipulative and does everything with a purpose. The rookie Alvin Kamara is the same way, but he does it on the football field. I’ve seen a few plays where he manipulates the safety into making him think he was going one way and he goes the other way. Kamara is going to be an all around weapon both in the backfield and on special teams. He helps add a dynamic kick returner and a catching running back out of the backfield, which we all know Sean Payton loves to have. Little Finger is an all around weapon too, but with his mind. He bounces from place to place tricking people into thinking he is behind them, but all he is really looking out for is himself, just ask Ned Stark.
Jaime Lannister - Marshon Lattimore
Jaime Lannister is one of the best swordsmen in the Game of Thrones series. He has all the skills and smarts in battles and isn’t afraid to go up against the biggest and best. Marshon Lattimore is one of the best cornerbacks in this years past draft and is not only very fast and athletic, but he has intelligence on his side as well. Lattimore isn’t afraid to go up against the best, which is exactly what the Saints need at the cornerback position. Jaime lost his dominant hand, but that didn’t stop him. He trained and learned how to fight with his other hand. Lattimore has had some injuries early on in his college career, but that didn’t stop him. He came back strong his last year in college, which led to him being the first cornerback drafted. Both are extremely talented and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do this upcoming season.
Tyrian Lannister - Willie Snead
Nobody really gave Tyrian Lannister a chance to show off his talents and how smart he was in Westeros, he was kind of overlooked and nobody really cared about him, but then when he fled Westeros and met up with Daenerys Targaryen she gave him hope and believed in him. Just the way the New Orleans Saints believed in Willie Snead after he had been cut by both the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. Snead didn’t really get a chance to show his talents off, but in New Orleans he has and he has played great.
Snead has become one of Drew Brees most reliable wide receivers. If Brees is in trouble he usually looks for number 83 and Snead doesn’t let him down. Now that Brandin Cooks has been traded expect Willie Snead’s role to bigger and expanded. Just like Snead’s role will be expanded expect Tyrian’s to be expanded too. Now that Daenerys is about to be in Westeros she is going to be looking to Tyrian more for help since he is more knowledgeable when it comes to how things work in Westeros.
Tormund Giantsbane - Adrian Peterson
Tormund is a complete beast on the battlefield just like Adrian Peterson is in the backfield. Tormund is from North of the Wall and is a bit of an outsider when it comes to Game of Thrones, but Jon Snow took him in and made him apart of his army. Which is kind of like Peterson being a part of the Minnesota Vikings his whole career and coming in and being a part of the New Orleans Saints. Not to mention Tormund is a wildling and kind of looks like a Viking.
Peterson still has some gas left in his tank and could be a force in the running game. Peterson is trying to win his first Super Bowl and hasn’t really had a chance except when he had Brett Favre as his quarterback, but now he has Drew Brees and could have a chance again. Tormund is trying to win the biggest battle of his life against the White Walker army, which could be compared to the Super Bowl in a way. Peterson and Tormund are both great additions to both sides and can really help sway their teams/army.
Bronn of Blackwater - Marcus Williams
Bronn of Blackwater is a person that you want to have your back. The guy is always up for a fight and never disappoints. If it’s not Tyrian needing him to fight for his life then it’s Jamie needing him to fight beside him. Which is why I chose Marcus Williams to be his comparable player. If you want someone to have your back it’s going to be Williams. He is a playmaker and a ball hawk. If a corner screws up expect Williams to help out with a pass breakup or an interception. This rookie is going to be all over the field and going to be fun to watch. Bronn is a dangerous person with a sword and has the skills it takes to win battles. Williams will bring multiple skills to the Saints and could be that piece they’ve been missing at the safety position.
Brienne of Tarth - Kenny Vaccaro
A true warrior in Game of Thrones is Brienne of Tarth. She doesn’t take anything from anyone. She is a beast when it comes to fighting and nobody can stop her. Her physicality is one thing that really stands out. When you think of that description, but on the football field the player that comes to mind is Kenny Vaccaro. The guy plays multiple positions and plays them all well. Vaccaro isn’t afraid to take down someone that’s bigger than him like a full back or tight end. If he needs to lay someone out he will or if he needs to cover someone he does it. Just like Brienne will take on someone like The Hound or Stannis, she doesn’t care who they are as long as it is the right thing to do.
Daenerys Targaryen - Mark Ingram
One of the main reasons I chose these two together is because they’re both have been getting overlooked. The NFL is constantly overlooking Ingram and not giving the credit he deserves. He rushes for over 1,000 yards and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is another trait of his that gets overlooked. Daenerys has been getting overlooked her whole life, whether it’s by her own brother, masters, and tons of other people. They also both share the trait of being very powerful. You have Ingram with his powerful running ability and Daenerys with her ability to walk through fire. Expect both Ingram and Daenerys to have a huge role in their upcoming seasons.
Everyone needs something to do until football season gets here and I strongly encourage you to watch Game of Thrones if you haven’t yet. It’s an amazing show with great characters and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.