Star athletes occupy a unique space in our society and culture, because despite the combination of rare physical talent, wealth and fame, these are men and women who often grew up in the same cities and communities we call home.
In a sense, they keep one foot in the world connecting them to us and the other in the one that offers them red carpet treatment and all the other accouterments of their celebrity.
Sports stars—despite the money and headlines—maintain a kind of connection with fans; one that begins with their loyalty to a particular team or other affiliation.
So much so, that when one of these same individuals ignores a fan begging for an autograph or gets into trouble, it feels like a personal affront.
But the thing is, regardless of their roots and humble beginnings, there are more than a few legit reasons star athletes are not like us.
Money—wealth—is one obvious answer, but one that really simplifies the argument.
Here are reasons sports stars are NOT like us.