The 50 Most Adorable Pictures in Sports

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterMarch 29, 2012

The 50 Most Adorable Pictures in Sports

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @ddockett

    Awww: Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett isn't all man eating pets and live streaming Internet showers—he's also great with kids! Dockett is a proud father and (apparently) a 100 percent Grade-A Go Getta. 

49. Scottie Upshall, Florida Panthers

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @RajonRondo

    Awww: Celtics superstar point guard Rajon Rondo has taken some heat recently for being moody and high maintenance. True or not, at least he's not too moody to give back to the community—here he is with the kids attending "Camp Rondo," his summer youth basketball program.

46. Collin Balester, Detroit Tigers

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    Twitter ID: @ballystar40

    Awww: Tigers' pitcher Collin Balester's lovely wife Ashley made these fantastic cookies for Christmas. Obviously impressed with her skills, Balester tweeted: "Look how talented my wife is love her :) RT @AshleyBalester Sorry about your luck little Frosty! #Christmascookies"

45. Erik Ainge, Retired NFL

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @CarlLandry24

    Awww: Hornets forward Carl Landry can always count on support from his No. 1 fan—his sign-making grandmother. Grandmas are seriously the best.  

37. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

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    Twitter ID: @Revis24

    Awww: Jets superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis might be an island on the field, but off the field he's a doting dad to his adorable little daughter. Here they are together after she scored first place in some kind of throwdown competition. 

36. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

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    Twitter ID: @DwightHoward

    Awww: Magic superstar Dwight Howard has two of the most adorable dogs in all of Florida. Puff Daddy is on the left and Zeus is on the right. Zeus is obviously Howard's baby, though, because he's the one that gets dressed up as Superman

35. Nick Young, L.A. Clippers

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @alanaRblanchard

    Awww: You might think that stunning surfer Alana Blanchard is your dream woman—but would you reconsider that if you knew she had not one but three goofy Pomeranians? Oh, and apparently they all travel with her and get to ride shotgun.

    She's definitely my dream woman.

32. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @BSLillibridge

    Awww: The White Sox' Brent Lillibridge has no shortage of adorableness in his life at the moment—a cute wife, a precious little baby boy and a ball-obsessed (and sock-obsessed) Labrador make for a pretty charmed existence. 

29. Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets

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    Twitter ID: @ACromartie 

    Awww: We all learned on HBO's Hard Knocks that corner Antonio Cromartie has an awful lot of children—too many for him to even keep track of. Well, he might not know all their names, but this little beauty is little Jurzie—she and daddy are big Heat fans. 

28. Daniel Negreanu, Professional Poker Player

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    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!).

    Swoon. 

27. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @DUSTINKELLER81

    Awww: Jets tight end Dustin Keller thinks that his little man is the greatest dog ever…judging by this picture alone, I'm not really inclined to argue with the man. Naturally he was unspeakably adorable as a puppy as well. 

     


25. Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

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    Twitter ID: @DeronWilliams

    Awww: That actually isn't Nets superstar Deron Williams in the photo—but those are his little girls attacking Jazz forward C.J. Miles


24. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @SteveNash

    Awww: Suns point guard Steve Nash posted this picture of his Boxer puppy Charlie chillin' out on the steps. Puppies are unquestionably the most adorable things on the planet. 

22. LeBron James, Miami Heat

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    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

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    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!"

    So sweet!

20. Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions

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    Twitter ID: @J4hvidbest

    Awww: This is Lions running back Jahvid Best's baby Bulldog puppy at 13 weeks! Best introduced the pup as the "newest member of the family" and refers to him as his "best friend." Naturally the dog is spoiled rotten at Christmas. 

19. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @TeamLou23

    Awww: 76ers guard Lou Williams napping with his little girl and enjoying some quiet time. Just one of a number of ridiculously cute photos he's posted of the two of them enjoying quality father-daughter time. 

17. Brian Westbrook, Retired NFL

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    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

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    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  ! True inspiration"

15. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    Twitter ID: @ArianFoster

    Awww: Nothing more adorable than a tough guy like Texans running back Arian Foster being not so tough with a little girl! This is Foster at Venice Beach with who he describes as "the love of my life."

    Lucky little girl! 

14. Matt Leinart, Oakland Raiders

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @DezBryant

    Awww: Apparently Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is also a proud papa! This is little Dez Bryant Jr. and he is seriously unhappy about something. Babies are always unhappy about things. 

10. Dallas Braden, Oakland A's

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @StevieJohnson13

    Awww: Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson has earned a reputation of being a bit of a clown on the field, but off the field he's a devoted family man. Judging by the photos he posts on Twitter, he seems like the funnest dad ever. 

7. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Twitter ID: @iambigbaby11

    Awww: The Magic's Glen Davis really loves his dog Deebo—the pictures he posts of the two of them playing are ridiculously cute. I love Deebo, too, and follow Big Baby on Twitter just to keep up with him :) 

3. Benjamin Utecht, Retired NFL

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    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

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    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

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    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.