Brodie Croyle

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Brodie Croyle

Mention the words NFL draft, and we think of boring Chris Berman yakking away for eight hours straight on ESPN. But this year's recruitment actually registered a slight blip on our radar screen o' love, thanks to one of the Chiefs' top picks: Brodie Croyle.

OK, so his position is of no interest to us — outside the bedroom, that is. We like that he's tall (6 feet, 2 inches, to be exact). And he has seriously great hair. But in all honesty, our flutters of affection are inspired by the myriad accounts of his virtual sainthood.

He grew up on Big Oak Ranch, a home for abused and neglected kids that his father founded in Rainbow City, Alabama.

As one story goes, Croyle's parents were taking care of a child who had shown up at the door one night with nothing but the dirty clothes he was wearing. Five-year-old Croyle walked into the bathroom unannounced, laid pajamas and T-shirts at the little kid's feet and said, "You don't have any clothes. Take mine." Um, swoon. (That he was 5 in 1988 is sort of troubling, but whatever.)

Croyle has said in interviews that his childhood on the ranch gave him a sense of perspective and taught him to "appreciate things." Big, tough football player with a sexy sensitive side? That's something we can appreciate.

That's why this week we love Brodie Croyle.

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