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US Men's Olympic Football Dream Team: Offense

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What if football was an olympic sport?

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This past weekend, former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best was selected to be a part of the men's track team for St. Lucia. Best will compete in the 100-meter dash. With Jahid being the first Summer Olympic athlete to have prior history in the NFL, I began to think about what it would be like if football were an olympic sport.

This may seem a little far fetched, but it is possible. With the CFL and the European Federation of American Football, there's no reason to think that other countries won't be able to form teams. Granted those teams may not be very good, but if this all came to fruition, what would the US Dream Team look like? That's what we're here to find out. I asked football fans on Twitter to vote for players at each offensive position. Without further adieu, here's the offense of your 2016 US Men's football team.

Quarterback: Tom Brady

Is there a quarterback out there that makes you think of America more than Brady? The man plays for a team called the Patriots for crying out loud. It's too bad he'll be suspended for the game against Canada. Regardless of deflated balls and whatever else is wrong with Brady, there's a ton that's right about him. It may be fair to say that when all is said and done, we are looking at the best quarterback in NFL history. Of course we have to send him to Rio.

Back ups: Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford

Okay, I know what you're thinking. Matthew Stafford? When looking at the crop of quarterbacks in the NFL, I felt that so many were either too old or too young. So I threw in Stafford thinking nobody would vote for him anyways and he wound up beating out Rodgers by a percentage point. Let's just say he will still wind up third string anyways.

Running Back: Le'Veon Bell

I can't think of any better choice to play running back for the US. Le'Veon Bell has showed in the last few years that he is the best running back in the game. This is why why he wound up getting 57 percent of the vote and beat out Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Doug Martin to get the nod. Imagine Bell running all over the German defense.

Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown

Another Steeler making the team. So far this is one formidable offense and only three players have been announced. The question "Is Antonio Brown the best receiver in the game?" has been floating around for the last two years. Every time the guy is on the field, he makes a case for taking up the mantle from Calvin Johnson.

Wide Receiver 2: Odell Beckham Jr.

I really thought that Beckham's popularity would win him the vote over the superior Antonio Brown. There's no doubt that Beckham is a baller. That's why he's perfect for this team and beat out Dez and Hopkins.

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski

Of all the polls I put out on Saturday, none of them were as dominant as this one. It's quite clear that the world wants Gronk in Rio. That's why he won 93 percent of the vote and poor Greg Olsen and Jordan Reed will have to stay home. Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen both got 3 percent of votes. So I decided to make the call myself. Graham goes as the backup and Olsen goes back home. Brady now has his favorite target on the team.

Offensive Tackles: Joe Thomas and Tyron Smith

Joe Thomas never seems to get worse with age, which is why the 2016 Pro Bowler will be protecting Brady's blind side in Rio. There was no way one of the Cowboys lineman wasn't making this team. Tyron Smith is one of the best tackles in the league. But will he be able to switch over to the right side for Thomas? Or does Smith win the job on the left side? Camp should be exciting.

Guards: Zack Martin and Kyle Long

Another Cowboy makes the list, and I'm sad that America's so-called team will be represented at more than one position. But maybe I'm a little more sad because a Chicago Bear made the team. Regardless of my tears, these two guys can open up some serious holes for Le'Veon Bell. So I guess it's for the best to ensure a gold medal comes home.

Center: Maurkice Pouncey

Yet another Steeler joins the party. It really is perfect though that the guy who is used to blocking for Bell, will be blocking for Bell. Will Pouncey's twin brother be able to hide his jealousy?

So what do you think of this team on the offensive side of the ball? What other players would you throw in to fill up the depth? Who shouldn't be here? Who should be here? Does this team win a gold medal? Be sure to leave your comments below and be on the lookout for the defensive polls this week to cast your vote.