Sports, whether as a competitor or spectator, are an outlet for mankind's joy, heartache, and grievances. This is why the Olympic Games transcend a nation's GDP, and why Super Bowl Sunday has become a ritual gathering for friends and neighbors.
Since 99.9 percent are merely faces in the crowd, rather than a player on the field, athletes become our heroes, villains and lightning rods. We live vicariously through their triumphs and channel our anger through their failures.
Certain players seem to join the rest of us in wearing their emotions on their sleeves. Here are 15 such athletes.