One trait that star athletes often share, which separates them from other celebrities, is that they come from relatively humble beginnings if not an outright struggle.
Their fame can vaporize nearly as suddenly as it materialized.
This means a sports celebrity is usually more like one of us than someone who wants to become the first billionaire to go on a spacewalk.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that athletes seem to gravitate to what many people would consider to be "D-list celebrities"—one showbiz blogger's D-lister is another average dude's childhood memory.
We all know Saved By The Bell is far from "high art," but Zach, Kelly, A.C. Slater and the rest of the crew were there every Saturday morning.
Athletes, like us, don't let a celebrity's resume dictate his or her place on our big board of who would be awesome to hang with.
These are athletes who hang with D-list celebrities.