Like it or not, we live in a SportsCenter world. The sports media narrative is often driven by controversial soundbites, scandals and highlight-reel worthy feats of athleticism. With the rise of Twitter and the 24/7, hyper-information environment, stories about sports and the athletes who play them are compressed into little sensational nuggets accessible by any smartphone.
This is the reality we live in, and perhaps the biggest casualty is nuance. Today, nuance is boring, and boring athletes stand out like an untouched tree after a forest fire. It's a strange paradox: Those people who shine in the spotlight and self-promotion become stories themselves by virtue of trying not to make headlines.
While the world watched former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson's marriage and career fall apart in almost real time, plenty of athletes manage to win championships and build successful careers without pomp and circumstance.
Hey, maybe boring is the new celebrity.
These are the 25 most boring athletes.