The extent to which athletes are revered, hated or shamed by fans is not just dictated by their performance on the field, but also by who they are as people, inside and out.
An athlete can be at the top of his or her game, but draw absolute venom in blogs and on message boards because of something as significant as a past crime, or as arbitrary as a perceived lack of desire.
So it's not surprising that an athlete's looks aren't insulated from scrutiny—little quirks like NBA rookie Anthony Davis' unibrow can become a pop culture fixtures, while Tom Brady's well-coiffed hair draws snickers from anyone outside of Boston.
This is why it's time to take a lighthearted look at who in sports kind of looks like a member of the animal kingdom.
These are 20 athletes that look like animals: