Why Are Quarterbacks Considered Handsome?

Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim and Tufts University's Sam Sommers examine the appeal of quarterbacks in their new book "This Is Your Brain on Sports."
2:26 | 02/04/16

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We're back with football and that burning question which isn't burning me up at all, I don't know, but from Tom Brady to cam newton, why do these star quarterbacks always seem to be so good looking? Yeah, why, Michael. I don't think they are actually but "Sports illustrated" is on the case and on the case for us as T.J. Holmes has the story. Strahan, a weird night at the Holmes house as she catches me looking up pictures of handsome men. It was just research, baby. But these so-called handsome men, these quarterback, turns out they're not even the best-looking dudes on the they're the face of the NFL. Faces aren't bad either so easy to see why many associate the role of quarterback with good looks. Tom Brady at the highest level but it's also the good-looking higschool kid dating the cheerleader. But are they really the most attractive players on the field? John Wertheim and Sam Summers try to answer it in "This is your brain on sports"? Took media photos of all the quarterbacks and had a random sample of people who weren't big football fans look at them. On a scale of one to ten how attractive are these guys. Reporter: They ran it again using photos of wide receivers then defensive backs so which group was deemed most attractive? Wide receivers like Eric decker came out on top and defensive backs like Charles Woodson. If anything they came out at the bottom. Reporter: The pretty boys came in last? I thought the quarterbacks for the most part are above average in the looks department. They aren't. We just assume they are. It's called the halo effect because the quarterback seemingly has all the power on the field, that leadership and success amplifies their attractiveness. It's all in your head. It's all in your head. All right, so they did this poll a couple of times. The best looking quarterbacks were Alex smith of the chiefs, then Brady then Tannehill of the dolphins so did this for college guys too. Quarterbacks came in last. They didn't put defensive linemen. They didn't want to because you guys were too bulky. Who doesn't love a little

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