Football Linemen Painting Art NFL

Football Linemen Painting

 In football linemen get little glory but the real football battles are fought there, as they say, "in the trenches" My favorite linesmen’s were from the "old school" Green Bay Packers. During late summer of 1963 I spent a couple of weeks in Green Bay and had the opportunity to watch the Packers daily
practice. In those days the practices were open and we could actually sit on the player’s bench and talk with them.

 My Favorite Linemen

 My two favorite players were Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston and Jerry Kramer. They were key member of the Packers' offensive line during the team's glory years from 1959 through 1967, when they won five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. Kramer was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL's 50th anniversary team in 1969. Thurston was named to the 1961 and 1962 All-Pro teams. Kramer , 6'3", 250 lb. right guard, (and "Fuzzy" (Fuzzy was at left guard) were an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep", a signature play in which both guards rapidly pull out from their positions on the line and lead-block for the running back going around the end.
"Fuzzy" is famous for his quote in response to a sportswriter's question asked of him how he prepared for the famous Ice Bowl game (where the game-time temperature was 15 degrees below zero). Thurston's response was "about 10 vodkas."

This photo gives you a sense of the actual size of the painting.  Painting of football linemen by sports artist John Robertson is approximately  88" x 60" (approx. 7 1/2 feet by 5 feet)

New York Giants / New England Pairiots image

Sports art. Football art. Painted a small football painting of players from the Superbowl – Image is of New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw 44 and New England Patriots linebacker Tracy White 58. The painting is 8" x 10" on a 11" x 14" piece of drafting film. Ink, acrylic and watercolor.

New York Giants Eli Manning painting


I had painted this larger than life sports art football painting of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning a little while back but it seemed appropriate to post it after their win today and their advancement to the championship game.  This large-scale image of Eli is approximately 3 1/2 feat by 7 1/2 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Denver Broncos Tim Tebow New England Patriots Matthew Slater

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is hit by New England Patriots free safety Matthew Slater (18) on his way to a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game.

Painting is 8" x  10"  watercolor and acrylic on a 11" x 14"  sheet of drafting drafting film

Art Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks football painting

Painting Art Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy #25 Running Back 5' 11", 208 lbs and Seattle Seahawks linebacker LeRoy Hill #56, 6' 1", 238 lbs  The football art, painting is 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas backed paper.  Here is a quote from Leroy Hill.    “It's the noise. On game day, it sounds almost the same. I want to say Death Valley is louder, but sometimes, I don't know, man, it gets loud, like really loud out here.”

A Cool Brees Forcasted for the Super Bowl in Miami

Football Sports Art by Artist John Robertson
charcoal drawing of football players
Regardless of the Score or Situation Drew Brees Exudes Leadership
If I made sixty million dollars for six years to play football for the New Orleans Saints and was starting to run out of time, the last position I would want to play is quarterback - even if I was Drew Brees playing in the Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. I would like to keep my teeth and legs in one piece. You would not find me walking onto a field and saying to guys like, Indianapolis Colts’ tandem defensive ends, Dwight Freeney (who will probably start) and Robert Mathis, "I’m standing here. Catch me if you can." Because they can catch me – I would not want to walk away from each football game having to ice my whole body. There are easier ways to make ten million dollars a year.
I fully understand guys that take the money and run. But Brees just stands in that pocket – waiting. Drew waits like some hunter waiting for a charging elephant to get close enough before firing off a shot. Me? I’d be out of that pocket so fast. I am not hanging around for that three hundred and twelve pounds of the Colts Defensive Tackle Daniel Muir to come plowing through the Saints’s line. No way.
I would not assume that middle linebacker Gary Brackett is too small to be effective. You may not know this – although the male lion is larger and is the king, it is the lioness that eats first. Brackett has the same great instincts and is "hard-nosed" enough to dominate – whether it is blitzing or covering a receiver he can intimidate a quarterback.
There are safer activities than playing quarterback in the NFL – jumping off a bridge with a big rubber band tied to your ankles or free climbing the face of El Capitán (look mom, no rope) - There must be a better way to finish off the last couple of years of the sixty million dollar contract. If it were me I’d want to be on the sidelines sending in hand signals to a back-up quarterback or, if I must be in the game I’d like to be the placekick holder.
Why is Drew Brees out on the field taking the hits? He likes to throw a football. It is what he is about. Runners run. Kickers kick. Fighters fight. Quarterbacks throw. Brees leads, others follow. I watch.

The Man With the Platinum Arm - Peyton Manning - That Ever-Loving Ciche

Sports Art
Quarterback, Quarteracks, football images, football art, Payton Manning
Peyton Manning Charcoal Drawing by
Sports Artist John Robertson
13" x 19" charcoal on paper

Peyton Manning is taking his game to Miami – back to the future for Super Bowl 44 – the All-American quarterback with the whole shebang. Four times NFL Most Valuable Player. Sporting News named Peyton in 2009 the number one player in football. Fox Sports also named him the best player of the last decade. He could not be anything else but the best. He radiates leadership and mythic appearance.
In college Manning won the Johnny Unitas Award. And where does Peyton end up playing? With the Indianapolis Colts who had a notable history with that great quarterback. If Unitas was "the man with the golden arm" then Peyton is "the man with the platinum arm." In the future there will be a "Peyton Manning Award" for quarterbacks.
If you wanted a quarterback for a commercial your first choice would be Peyton. Most athletes are stiff as Astro-Turf and unsuitable for anything more than sponsoring used cars. But Manning is perfect for the role of an athlete. Both on and off the field he has great, deadpan timing. His expressionless, cat-like manner gives him control of the line of scrimmage, he reads the defense like a lion on a hunt, and his pass release devours the opposition.
If the technology industry were building a football robot, they would use Peyton Manning as the model. The passing machine would be six feet, five inches high and weight two hundred and thirty pounds. The right arm would be a shotgun and the brain would be run by G10 technology – the all-pro model.
Can the great, the future great Peyton Manning take his team to another Super Bowl win? 2007 was the last time for the Colts. The Saints have never been there. So what happens depends on the New Orleans Saints and who decides to show up for the game. Peyton will be there with his shotgun arm, and the All-Pro G10 brain. With Manning there are no odds to defy. They are always in his favor. Every game he plays in he expects to win.

Brett Favre Has Back-Stepped Comfortably Into the Pocket with Minnesota

Sports Art by Artist John Robertson

Quarterback, Quarteracks, football images, football art, brett favre

This football painting of Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre is 6 feet by 5 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. Football Art by Artist John Robertson
We can identify football heroes by the number on their back. The Minnesota Vikings may be playing a team sport but number 4 is their hero. Brett Favre led Minnesota to finish the regular football season with a 12-4 record. And with their home-field advantage the Vikings embarrassed Dallas Cowboys with a 34 –3 rout. "I know we're not done yet," Favre said after throwing four touchdown passes in last Sunday’s game. "The New Orleans Saints, they're explosive."
We do not know what would have happened if the Vikings had not paid Favre what seemed to be a foolish price of $12 million dollars for the season. But heroes are not cheap. They are skilled and superior. So, if you are running a football team and someone says to you that they have an old quarterback who has played for nineteen years and has started 289 consecutive times and is in condition and willing to play – and you don’t think you should spend the money – think again. The detractors did come out after a couple of tough losses. But, not only did Favre have a good season – he is having one of his best - and at the age of 40. For those who like heroes it is not a complicated story.
For most of the season Vikings fans have been dancing in the streets. But Favre is not invincible or ultimately indestructible. When Favre is on target - damage to the opposition. When he is off – oops! And he has had a couple of those games – witness the 30-to-17 loss to the Cardinals.
Favre is not looking to end his career going gently into the night. That was not an idle chat he had with coach Brad Childress during that Panthers game. Those nineteen years of experience says, "keep me in coach!" And after the loss to the Bears he came gunning back and blasted the visiting New York Giants 44-7 and last Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys. On a white horse, Favre wants to lead the charge in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.
The elder Favre was a cult hero in Green Bay. After this season he certainly has his followers in Minnesota. We love leaders. We love heroes. We will see him in New Orleans. And if we do not see our hero in the Super Bowl we may see him again, for the last time in the Pro Bowl. It will be Favre's eleventh.

Football Art Quarterback Joe Namath Charcoal Drawing

Quarterback, Quarteracks, football images, football art, Joe Namath Preliminary drawing for a large painting of Joe Namath of the New York Jets. The drawing is 24" x 18" charcoal on paper. If you want to see the finished painting tht is 8 feet tall by 3 ½ feet wide please visit my web site at