Awesome Sports Fan Athlete Tributes

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Awesome Sports Fan Athlete Tributes
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Sports fans have something few so-called fanatics can seriously lay their own claim to—license to be an obsessive stalker.

Of course, we don't call the most over-the-top fans stalkers; we use labels like "superfan" or "Jaguars season-ticket holder." Their behavior is not only socially acceptable, but it's actually even celebrated.

Do you love movie director J.J. Abrams' ability to marry action, suspense and style without sacrificing the story? If you choose to turn your admiration into a wall-sized, self-painted mural of Abrams taking command of set and scene...you'll freak out a lot of people.

Whereas if you choose to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame Royals third baseman George Brett with a giant back tattoo depicting the pine tar incident, people are going to say it's freakin' awesome.

Though no one is in a legit competition to see who can fill their basement up with the most Lindsay Lohan memorabilia—because that's terrifying—sports fans proudly try to outdo each other when it comes to athlete tributes.

These are some of the most awesome fan athlete tributes.  

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