Self-confidence is a common trait among successful athletes, but some jocks love themselves just a little too much. For many, their hubris is all about the Benjamins, strategically used to maximize their off-field earning potential. Others are simply too clueless to realize that it’s not always about them.
Today’s media climate—fueled by the Internet, social media and a 24-hour news cycle—makes it possible for anyone to become an instant celebrity. This is especially true for those athletes who ascend to the highest levels of their respective sports.
Some athletes, even seemingly obscure ones, take full advantage of any opportunity to be seen, heard or read. They always know what to tweet, when the cameras are rolling and when to drop the perfect quote in a room full of microphones.
With so many ways to get noticed, it is difficult to keep track of all the athletes clamoring for attention. Thankfully for us, a special few are so over-the-top with their cries for attention that the sports world can’t help but take notice.
I happily present to you the 21 most self-centered athletes currently vying for our attention. For those athletes who were snubbed, I fully expect to have my inbox flooded with angry emails from their publicists.