Behind every great athlete is a snarling teammate yearning for a chance to toss those fisticuffs.
Often mammoth-sized and somewhat emotionally unstable, these "fighters" have one sole purpose: to protect their talented brethren.
In the heat of the moment, chairs can be chucked, drinks tossed, hands thrown. But no matter what the situation entails, these gifted tough guys always come to the rescue.
Let's meet the best protectors in sports right now.
The backbones behind their respective teams' success.