They can’t all be Jeter, Beckham, or Jordan—dating supermodels, marrying Spice Girls and dunking on Bugs Bunny. Some superstars, however awe-inspiring they are on the field, manage to lose every ounce of their appeal as soon as the game ends.
Some marry young, denying us the chance to watch any of their “I’m suddenly rich, famous and single” drama to play out in the tabloids. If you’re Buffalo hockey player Patrick Kaleta, instead of popping pills, you plays with Legos. Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks phenomenon, won’t be dating a Kardashian anytime soon.
Some sports superstars are just regular guys who enjoy going to work. They are humble, noble, admirable and…totally sane.