This smacks of both trademark infringement as well as a violation of those players right to publicity and privacy.
The NFL has rights not only in their specific trademarks (text and logos) but also in their "trade dress" (see link below for more detailed explanation of this). This means that merely using their colors on a jersey would be a infringement without their permission. Adding a player's name from that team and you have nailed in the coffin lid.
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I agree. The short answer is that there would likely be both trademark infringement as well as a violation of those players' right to publicity and privacy.
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