NFL’s Best in Show: Meet NFL players and their dogs (photos)


There’s something about a good dog that can make even the most strong and fierce NFL players melt at the wag of a tail. Big or small, man’s best friend has kept the gladiators of the gridiron company since the league began, but thanks to the wonders of social media, we now get a window into the special relationships of NFL players and their dogs.

Ahead of the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show (Sunday, May 17, 8-10 p.m. ET, NBC), we’ve compiled some of our favorite good dogs with good football players. The Beverly Hills Dog Show was held on February 29, 2020 at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Its air date was postponed to May 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show in primetime on May 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on NBC, and on the NBC Sports app.

What to know about the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show

See who made “Best in NFL Show”:


Athlete: JuJu Smith Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver)

Dog: Boujee (French Bulldog)

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For years, Steelers player JuJu Smith Schuster was afraid of dogs after being chased by a Chihuahua as a kid–until a pup named Boujee came along. The French Bulldog is named after the Migos song “Bad and Boujee.” His coat is considered blue even though it’s light grey in appearance. One of the more rare colors for French Bulldogs, blue Boujee put Smith Schuster back $6,000. Boujee has a birthday bash every year for his best dog friends (including his Frenchie girlfriend Portia) and is the star of his own Instagram account with over 200,000 followers.


Athlete: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, Quarterback)

Dogs: Steel & Silver (Pitbull, Cane Corso)

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Patrick Mahomes is an MVP on and off the field. The Chiefs QB is the proud dog dad of two pitbulls: Steel and Silver. Mahomes and his girlfriend Brittany Matthews have had Steel since 2017, and Silver joined the family in 2019. Silver even accompanied Mahomes at an offseason training session in Fort Worth. Mahomes says he was scared of dogs as a kid, but now the pups even joined Mahomes on a charity fan experience for Children’s Mercy Hospital.


Athlete: Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles, Quarterback)

Dogs: Henley, Jersey and Riggs (Golden Retrievers)

Eagles QB Carson Wentz became a dad in late April but has been a pet parent for years. Wentz has a trio of Golden Retrievers who join him on wild outdoor adventures and hunting trips. Henley has been with Wentz and his wife Maddie the longest. Henley had eight puppies in 2017 and one of the bunch, now named Jersey, became a permanent member of the Wentz family. Riggs completed the pack in 2019.


Team: San Francisco 49ers

Dog: Zoe (French Bulldog)

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A tiny French Bulldog is making NFL history. 49ers teammate Zoe is the league’s first designated emotional support animal, and she seems to be doing a stellar job. Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas petitioned San Francisco’s Director of Player Engagement Austin Moss for a team pup after a 49ers employee brought a French Bulldog around during training camp in 2018. Zoe loves balloons.


Athlete: Mitchell Schwartz (Kansas City Chiefs, Offensive lineman)

Dogs: Cupcake and Pumpkin (Pomeranians)

Chiefs OL Mitchell Schwartz is 6’5, 320 pounds and a Super Bowl champ, but his two tiny Pomeranian pups outweigh him on social media (by about 60,000 followers on Instagram). Cupcake and Pumpkin live the good life with Schwartz and his wife Brooke, relaxing, being pampered and cheering their dog dad on all fall.


Athlete: Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs, Tight end)

Dogs: Rambo and Chauncey (Goldendoodle, Pomsky)

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has had pets almost his whole life, so it’s no surprise that he had two dogs. Chauncey is a 2-year-old Pomsky (Pomeranian-Husky mix) and Rambo is a 1-year-old Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever-Poodle mix). The two accompany Kelce on his offseason adventures, including running around the Hollywood hills.

“I love to go to dog parks,” Kelce says. “I got a lot of friends on the team that have dogs and obviously, we love to let the pups hang around each other.”


Athlete: Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quarterback)

Dogs: Lua, Scooby and Fluffy (Pitbull, Beagle, mix)

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A lot of football players get banged up on the field, but Tom Brady might be the only one who’s been bit by a dog on the field. Years ago during Patriots training camp, players met with members of the military who were using Gillette Stadium to train dogs, and one took a bite out of Brady’s thigh. Even after that ordeal, Brady’s family still includes three pups: Lua the Pitbull, Scooby the Beagle and Fluffy the black and white pooch. All three are rescues. He loves them so much that he even threw them their own parade after the Patriots’ 2017 Super Bowl win.


Team: Cleveland Browns

Dog: Swagger Jr. aka “SJ” (Cleveland Browns Mascot – Bullmastiff)

The Cleveland Browns have two mascots, but the cuddlier one of the two is SJ (short for Swagger Jr.) the Bullmastiff. The 1-year-old pup weights in at around 125 pounds and enjoys chewing on liver and the Cincinnati Bengals. SJ took the reins over from his father Swagger, the Browns’ previous live mascot, in fall of 2019. Daddy Swagger is now living the good, retired life.

Watch NBC’s coverage of the Beverly Hills Dog Show on May 17 on NBC from 8-10 p.m. ET on NBC, and the NBC Sports app.

NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

13. Dak Prescott (DAL)

12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)

11. Daniel Jones (NYG)

10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)

9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)

8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)

7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)

6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)

4. Justin Herbert (LAC)

3. Josh Allen (BUF)

2. Joe Burrow (CLE)

1. Patrick Mahomes (KC)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

RELATED: NFL’s 2023 international games full of “star power”

When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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