The NFL has changed from a game of giant players of African American and White Caucasian heritage and become more diverse. One can see players of many other races playing equally enthusiastically in almost every NFL game. Among these players from different races, who have made their places in the NFL, many are Mexican.
We will be talking about a few of these Mexican NFL players who have established themselves in the NFL.
The first name on the list is Tom Flores, the first-ever Mexican quarterback. Flores started his journey in the NFL with the Bakersfield Spoilers as a free agent. He then played with three different teams before ending his career after playing twelve seasons in the NFL. After retirement, Flores worked as a coach. He is the only one in NFL history after Mike Ditka, who won the Super Bowl as a player, coach, and assistant coach.
The second NFL player is another legendary former quarterback, Mark Sanches, who has Mexican heritage. Sanchez began playing football as a student at the University of Southern California and then turned professional after getting drafted by the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft. He became the PFWA All-Rookie Team in his first season. He then played for nine more seasons before retiring in 2018.
Like Flores and Sanchez, we also have Tony Romo, who is of Mexican descent. He played as a quarterback during his active years in The NFL. Romo started his career with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003. As an NFL player, he played for fourteen seasons, all of which were with the Cowboys. While with the Cowboys, he was one of its star players and even became the leader of NFL completion percentage and NFL passer rating. He even won the Pro Bowl Championship four times with his team.
Another Mexican player who made it in the NFL is the inside linebacker of the New York Packers, Blake Martinez. Marinez initially played for the Green Bay Packers for three seasons after getting drafted during the 2016 NFL Draft. In a short time, he has established himself as one of the anticipated players of the NFL. He even received the first-team All-Pac-12 title in 2015.
Rigoberto Sanchez is another NFL player who has roots in Mexican heritage. He has played as a punter for the Indianapolis Colts since 2017. The Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent and have kept him around as one of its star players. Before starting his professional career in 2017, he played football for the University of Hawaii.
The next one on the list of Mexican NFL players is Andrew Sendejo. Sendejo plays at the safety position as an undrafted free agent. Sendejo had a hard time, in the beginning, to make it to the NFL, but after joining the Sacramento Mountain Lions, a UFL team, he drew the attention of the coaches of the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys then recruited him in its practice squad before promoting him to the active roster. Since then, he has played for seven teams of the NFL in total and still is an active player.
While talking about Mexican NFL players, the placekicker of the Carolina Panthers, Zane Gonzalez, also makes it to the list. Gonzalez has been actively playing in the NFL since getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played for the Browns for two seasons before moving to the Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers recruited Gonzalez last year after his one offseason with the Detroit Lions.
The last Mexican NFL player on the list is Arian Foster, who had played eight seasons in the NFL. He is one of the star Mexican NFL players who had the interest of many teams in the NFL but chose to join the Houston Texans. He played for the Texans for seven seasons before moving to the Miami Dolphins. The running back then played only one season with the Dolphins and announced his retirement.
Though the list has included only a few of the Mexican NFL players, many others also have made it to the NFL. Having Mexican NFL players has broken the stereotypes of the NFL and has brought diversity to the NFL. It has also given hope to many young Mexican footballers and footballers from other races to dream big. It motivates the players that anyone can make it to the NFL with hard work.