20 Jerk Athletes You Can't Help but Root for

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20 Jerk Athletes You Can't Help but Root for
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You know you should hate them. They can be whiny, they can be obnoxious and sometimes, they even throw tantrums mid-game. 

But somehow, you just can't quit them. 

This athlete we're talking about isn't just any old jerk athlete, though. This is the elusive breed of jerk athlete that you can't help but support, despite the fact that you know they can be despicable human beings.

This is the athlete that appeals to your heart, not your head. You know they're not worth it, but somehow, whenever they're on the verge of doing something great, you can't help but root for it to happen. 

And when they do something jerk-y, you just look the other way and pretend it never did. Nobody ever said that sports fandom had to be rational. 

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