Troy Aikman was the quarterback of the 1990s, winning three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s not atop the list of the most used in lyrics. That honor goes to Brett Favre, who wins by a landslide with more than 64 mentions compared to Aikman in the 30s range.
Quarterbacks, not surprisingly, are the most referenced. Rounding out the top five are Dan Marino, John Elway and Steve Young. Joe Montana is the most used name in lyrics from signal-callers from the 1980s.
But it hasn’t always just been rappers giving a shoutout in their songs. Some NFL players attempted to break into the music industry themselves.