When the summer is coming to an end there really is only one thing that gets sports fans fired up for September – the start of the NFL season. Fans across the nation gear up for Sundays, thinking this could be their year.  With the season finally under way- we take a look at some of our favorite photos that remind us how much we missed the game…

Here are seven photos that remind us why we missed the NFL:

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 We Missed The Great Nicknames: Calvin “Megatron” Johnson starts the season with a vengeance scoring two TD’s in Week 1.

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We Missed The Passion: Terrell Suggs gets the crowd fired up before he is introduced for the Ravens/Steelers matchup.

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We Missed The Legends: Omaha! It’s always great to see Peyton Manning running the offense for another year.

Photo Credit: Doug Pesinger/Getty Images

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 We Missed The Up and Comers: Will this be the season Andrew Luck becomes one of the elite Qb’s in the game?

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 We Missed The Surprises:  The Buffalo Bills shocked the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Will this game define each team’s season?

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 We Missed The Cheerleaders:  Yes, we missed them as well.

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 We Missed The Fans:  Most importantly- we missed the incredible fans who don’t mind painting their skin blue and screaming at the top of their lungs. Welcome back football – we missed you.

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