Adorable isn't a word often used to describe athletes who aren't wearing leotards and chalking up their hands. In fact, most adult men and women in sports seem to go out of their way to avoid being perceived as adorable.
Who can blame them? Competition is the lifeblood of sports, and unless cradling a puppy during warm-ups has proven to provide a clear edge over an opponent, all puppy-cradling is going to achieve is giving your rival a good reason to include the puppy in all the vile, obscenity-laced things he says about you.
So, being adorable has obvious risks and more likely to give a puppy—which is in the business of being adorable—self-esteem problems.
Despite the pitfalls, there are plenty of circumstances when being adorable is not only acceptable, but a refreshing (and welcome) change. Despite what Ray Lewis would like you to think, most of an athlete's life unfolds off the field and after the game.
Thanks to wondrous magic of social media, sites and apps like Twitter and Instagram offer fans an often candid glimpse into the daily lives of our favorite athletes; even capturing those moments of dangerous adorability.
Here are 20 athletes being adorable! Enjoy.