Professional athletes are, in the most liberal sense, employees who do a job. Beyond this very generic description, however, it's a disingenuous exercise to try and draw any comparisons to how the average person makes a living.
Like many of us, they get paid by someone to do something. But the expectations between the two couldn't possibly be any more different.
This isn't to say that pro players shouldn't reap the benefits of their unique talent and lifelong preparation, or that they don't get stressed out, fed up or screwed over. Of course they do.
Professional sports aren't just a game; they are businesses, and athletes have to deliver to keep their jobs.
However, if you're employed as an accountant, cook, salesperson or lab research technician—or in literally any career field that isn't professional sports—it's not likely your boss' rival will clamor for your services if you get fired for not showing up for a big meeting.
Or not showing up at all!
In the real world you can get fired for pretty much anything—being late, dressing inappropriately, using colorful language or just generally being a horrible person to be around. That's something many athletes have absolutely no concept of.
Here are 20 athletes who would have trouble holding down a job in the real world.