The 50 Most Adorable Pictures in Sports
I'm not sure if you're aware of this or not, but professional athletes on Twitter are an endless source of entertainment. Maybe you did already know that but you're too busy and important in your regular life to keep up with a bunch of strangers on Twitter.
Well thankfully I'm not too busy and important to do it for you. It's only because I care so damn much.
When an athlete is engaging in an ill-advised Twitter feud, I am there. When an athlete is Twitter ranting about "haters" "hatin," I am there. And when an athlete is posting sexy, hilarious or ridiculously adorable pictures on Twitter, I am there.
Well, in this instance, we're talking adorable—like seriously adorable. Let's take a look at 50 of the most adorable pictures in sports.
50. Darnell Dockett, Arizona Cardinals
49. Scottie Upshall, Florida Panthers
Twitter ID: @ScottieUpshall
Awww: Panthers left wing Scottie Upshall is obviously an animal lover, protecting his lovely Labs' eyes from the hot Florida sun.
48. David Akers, San Francisco 49ers
Twitter ID: @DavidAkers2
Awww: 49ers kicker David Akers and teammates Brian Jennings and Andy Lee did a video welcome for the holidays. I am absolutely loving the sweater with the overly enthusiastic dreidels.
47. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
46. Collin Balester, Detroit Tigers
45. Erik Ainge, Retired NFL
Twitter ID: @ErikAinge3
Awww: Recently retired Erik Ainge played two seasons as backup quarterback with the Jets before hanging it up for a career in broadcasting. Here's his little one with Jets coach Rex Ryan at a Tennessee football game.
Normally Vols fans just irritate me, but I'm okay with this one.
44. Bryan Petersen, Miami Marlins
Twitter ID: @Peteypipes
Awww: Marlins outfielder Bryan Petersen and teammate Logan Morrison had the opportunity to meet some adorable little monkeys. Professional athletes get to have all the fun.
43. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Twitter ID: @StevieJohnson1
Awww: What? Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is just enjoying some orange juice…and oranges…at a teeny tiny little table. I love him...
42. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Twitter ID: @MilesAustinIII
Awww: If you're anything like me, you probably wonder how Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin deals with all those soul-crushing losses. Well, thankfully he has a support structure at home, in the form of Fergie, a little French Bulldog.
41. Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
Twitter ID: @ndamukong_suh
Awww: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is one of the most feared and imposing forces in the NFL today. Thankfully, off the field he is substantially less frightening. Here is Suh at a Pistons game posing for a picture with his cutest fan.
40. Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
Twitter ID: @Hasselbeck
Awww: Titans quarterback Matt Hassebeck got a ridiculously cute chocolate Lab puppy to keep that crazy Boxer company.
39. Nyjer Morgan, Milwaukee Brewers
Twitter ID: @TheRealTPlush
Awww: I tend to think of the Brewers Nyjer Morgan as an escaped mental patient with some baseball ability. Seeing him with his daughter (MEME Plush…awww!) after a night of trick or treating has made me reconsider that assessment.
38. Carl Landry, New Orleans Hornets
37. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
36. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
35. Nick Young, L.A. Clippers
Twitter ID: @NickSwagyPYoung
Awww: Clippers forward Nick Young was born and raised outside of Los Angeles and dedicates some of his time to helping local kids. Here he is making reading fun at a child literacy event.
34. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
Twitter ID: @santonio10
Awww: Jets superstar receiver Santonio Holmes isn't exactly known as a warm and fuzzy character—actually, he seems kind of mean usually—but apparently he's kind of a sweetie in his real life. Holmes has done charity work in Africa and he has an adorable puppy named Bella that he dotes on.
33. Alana Blanchard, Surfer
32. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Twitter ID: @blakegriffin
Awww: For every day Clippers superstar forward Blake Griffin ruins with a monster drunk straight to the grill, he makes the day of at least one sick child. So everything evens out and all is right in the universe.
31. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Twitter ID: @PKSubban1
Awww: During the NHL's 2011 offseason, Habs defenseman P.K. Subban took some time to give back. He visited the earthquake ravaged nation of Haiti and visited a number of local families and schools, leaving Habs gear among the many gifts he brought.
30. Brent Lillibridge, Chicago White Sox
29. Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets
28. Daniel Negreanu, Professional Poker Player
Twitter ID: @RealKidPoker
Awww: Not only does poker pro Daniel Negreanu have an adorably teensy little dog, he says the hardest thing about going out on the road is leaving his son (the teensy little dog!).
27. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Twitter ID: @Jones_Drew32
Awww: This was posted by Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, but it's actually the Jags' No. 2 back DuJuan Harris (@Ol_sLy_Foxx) making some time with a fan. It's awesome that he's signing autographs for fans and it's even more awesome that the fan wanted him to sign his forehead.
26. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
25. Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets
24. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
Twitter ID: @PatrickWillis52
Awww: 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis with his little brother and sister—the son and daughter of his adoptive parents Chris and Julie Finley. The adorable trio are kicking back and relaxing while mom makes dinner.
23. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
22. LeBron James, Miami Heat
Twitter ID: @KingJames
Awww: Heat superstar LeBron James is not very self-aware and he's so very bad with public relations—which is a shame, because it's quite clear that under all that, he's really a pretty great guy. James is a family man and a doting dad who always has time for fans—especially pint-sized ones.
21. Damien Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
Twitter ID: @dwilkins3000
Awww: The Hawks' Damien Wilkins doesn't let all those losses that they rack up in Atlanta get him down. Wilkins tweeted about his son: "May have lost our game tonight but he sure makes me feel like I won!"
20. Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions
19. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Twitter ID: @KDTrey5
Awww: The Thunder's Kevin Durant isn't just a superstar basketball player, he's obviously a superstar human being as well. Durant tweeted of his hospital visit: "Everybody please pray that my boy Garrett gets well, had to have his legs broken! Thank you!"
18. Lou Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
17. Brian Westbrook, Retired NFL
Twitter ID: @36westbrook
Awww: I really liked former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook when he was playing football. I really love former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook now that I know he's a farm owning horse enthusiast who raises the most adorable Rottweilers in the entire world. Hands-down the most adorable Twitter gallery I've ever seen.
16. Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Twitter ID: @paugasol
Awww: Lakers big man Pau Gasol tweets mostly in Spanish, but his photos with kids at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital don't require translation. Gasol tweeted about his visit: "Before I go to bed, I wanted to share a picture with one of the patients on my visit at @ChildrensLA ! True inspiration"
15. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
14. Matt Leinart, Oakland Raiders
Twitter ID: @MattLeinartQB
Awww: That adorable little mug next to Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart almost makes you forget that he was one of the biggest draft busts of the decade. Almost.
13. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Twitter ID: @mindofAI9
Awww: This is 76ers forward Andre Iguodala taking in a game with his son. Father and son in matching shirts making matching silly faces! Awww!
12. Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders
Twitter ID: @bookert2116
Awww: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo uses this photo for his Twitter avatar. So cute. Seriously, nuff said.
11. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
10. Dallas Braden, Oakland A's
Twitter ID: @DALLASBRADEN209
Awww: A's pitcher Dallas Braden is usually more frat boy funny than adorable funny, but putting boots on his pet Great Dane is definitely cross over humor with a little something for everyone.
9. John Wall, Washington Wizards
Twitter ID: @John_Wall
Awww: The Wizards might not be having a memorable year (what else is new?) but at least John Wall has something good waiting for him at home. Wall's got more than canine companionship, too—he's the proud uncle to a couple of adorable little kids.
8. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
7. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Twitter ID: @DwightHoward
Awww: I really wanted to dislike Magic superstar Dwight Howard after his months-long trade saga and ridiculous self-serving press conference. Unfortunately, I couldn't, and this picture (and most of his Twitter photos) is why. I just love this guy.
6. Mark Schlereth, ESPN Analyst
Twitter ID: @markschlereth
Awww: As the owner of a pair of Italian Greyhounds, I know there are very few dogs that are more ridiculous. It takes a secure man to embrace such a ridiculous little dog, and retired NFL guard Mark Schlereth is all the more appealing to the ladies for doing so.
5. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Twitter ID: @paulpierce34
Awww: The Celtics' Paul Pierce is active in children's charities like St. Jude's Children's Hospital because he obviously adores his own children. In Pierce's Twitter photos from Halloween and family vacations, he looks just as (if not more) thrilled than his kids to be there. He literally looks like a kid at Christmas just to be living his life.
4. Glen Davis, Orlando Magic
3. Benjamin Utecht, Retired NFL
Twitter ID: @BenUtecht
Awww: Obviously there is life after football. Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht has certainly been keeping busy—juggling the responsibilities of parenting twins while pursuing an entertainment career. Clearly it's exhausting for all parties involved!
2. Erin Andrews, ESPN
Twitter ID: @ErinAndrews
Awww: ESPN reporter, and national treasure, Erin Andrews with a Golden Retriever puppy—doesn't get much more adorable than that.
1. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Twitter ID: @MarcGasol
Awww: The Grizzlies' Marc Gasol recently spent an afternoon visiting with children at St. Jude's. Gasol didn't just stop in for a few bedside photo ops—he actually stayed for a tea party! I think he just won over every woman in the world with this one.