Either you have it or you don't. It cannot be bought. It cannot , borrowed or stolen. "Class" is something that not everyone has. Think about it.
Really, few possess it. It is something that separates the "elite" from the normal populace.
Call it "savoir faire", "duende", or whatever you choose to call it. It's something that one wears as a badge that distinguishes one from the rest of the crowd. He or she (it can be either genre) elevate themselves to a level of dignity by possessing this quality.
A person from any segment of society can have it. "Class" transcends race, creed, or economic status.
"Class" is certainly not just reserved for athletes; but it is so attractive on an athlete. When a "superstar" in Sport has "class" we want to be in their company. We listen attentively when they speak. We have a special interest in what is going on in their lives.
It's hardly gaudy or pretentious. "Class" is a subtle quality that you almost recognize immediately when that person walks into a room. As soon as they come into your presence "there is something about them". Maybe you can't quite put your finger on it but it comes to the forefront before too long.
The following list in my opinion is a list of ten current day "classy" athletes. Tell me what you think. I'd like to know.