You always hear about the ones spewing profanity, getting arrested or cheating on their spouses.
But the respectful athletes, the humble ones, tend to get ignored. It's become too easy to be cynical about athletes like Manny Pacquiao. You want to appreciate their gentle, soft-spoken nature, but then there's part of you that knows better than to put them on a pedestal, too. Tiger Woods showed everyone that even the greatest champions, the ones who appear to be great role models, are still very human and imperfect.
That's why I admire Josh Hamilton so much: He took responsibility for his issues, has talked publicly about them but also has been even more forthright about where his priorities are.
While you'll probably not see anything like this elsewhere in the media (because it's not shocking or alarming enough), I figured why not stop and celebrate athletes like Pacquiao and Hamilton.
So here it is. It's in no specific order or ranking. Feel free to comment and leave your suggestions, too.
Here's a look at the 25 classiest athletes in sports: