Beloved sports heroes get all the glory, girls and gobs of positive press heaped on them by the whole of the sports media. Worlds like "hero," "role model" and "American treasure" are often used to describe many in professional sports.
Well, maybe I'm the only one who throws around "American treasure" on the regular, but the rest is true.
That's because every great, or even mediocre, story needs a hero. Some tall, handsome and built character to come in to kill a bunch of bumbling wannabe assassins, slay the dragon and get the girl. But a story with just a hero is really no story at all. Every story worth reading needs a villain.
Throughout sports history, there have been plenty who are ready, willing and able to play the villain. Some relish in the role, others just can't fight it and some find themselves in it completely by accident. But how they get there is irrelevant; what matters is that they're there.
Here are the 25 greatest villains in American sports history.