Competition is the DNA of sports; without winners and losers, sports have no meaning. Sure, having fun is a crucial element, but it's really fun to beat the crap out of your opponent. Do you think the NFL would be the multi-billion dollar socioeconomic force it is without a score?
Appropriately, this competitive fire creates personalities—players, coaches, businessmen alike—who definitely fall on the intense side of the spectrum. Whimsy is usually relegated to the drunk streaker who gets tasered on the field.
So, in the sports universe, we get more Ray Lewises than we do Terry Bradshaws. Men and women who seem to successfully marry competitive drive with a general sense of contentment are rare indeed.
You can go to any sports section, or go on any sports website, any day and read about stars who let their passion for the game make headlines and define who they are. However, there are plenty of big names who can smile and draw a little blood--in both the figurative and literal sense.
These are the 20 Happiest People in Sports.