I want to start by saying that the way someone looks is no reflection on who they really are or how talented they are. If we all only focused on our outward appearance, the world would be a terrible place to live.
I am positive that if we all looked hard enough at ourselves, we certainly wouldn't have a shortage of flaws. Of course, the only exception to the rule is myself (obviously I am kidding, as if there was an article written about the top 10 ugliest online sports writers, I would be near the top).
With that said, enjoy the following article about phenomenal athletes who valued something more than their reflection in the mirror.
Michael Strahan is one of the best defensive linemen to ever play the game of football. With over 140 sacks in his career, Strahan was a seven-time Pro Bowler and made six All-Pro teams.
He finally won a Super Bowl in his final season when the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in 2008. His 22.5 sacks in a season is an NFL record that will be extremely difficult to break.
Strahan is currently a member of Fox NFL Sunday.
There was a time when Green Bay Packers fans thought Atari Bigby was going to be the next great Packers safety. Unfortunately, Bigby has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and seems to have been replaced by Morgan Burnett.
Bigby's best season was during 2007 when he ended the season with 86 tackles and five interceptions. That season was the only season that Bigby played all 16 games. He was one of the hardest hitters in the NFL when healthy.
Even though his career appears to be over in Green Bay, there are still many teams that could use Bigby's talents.
Jeff Faine is the anchor on the offensive line for a very dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. His career started with the Cleveland Browns.
He had his best season with the New Orleans Saints during the 2007 season when he was named a Pro Bowl alternate. Being a first-round draft pick puts a lot of pressure on a player, but Faine has lived up to his high pick.
He has had some difficulties with injuries, but every game he has played in, he has been the starter.
Faine will be the starting center for Tampa this upcoming season and will battle for a Pro Bowl roster spot.
It is debatable that Aaron Moorehead has been more successful outside of the NFL than when he actually played for the Indianapolis Colts. He only had 31 career receptions in five seasons.
Moorehead's father, Emery Moorehead, played 12 seasons in the NFL. Emery won a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1985. When Aaron won Super Bowl XLI as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, they become the first father and son to both win a Super Bowl.
Moorehead is the assistant wide-receivers coach at the University of Stanford.
Terdell Sands was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was originally drafted by Kansas City, but saw his first game with the Green Bay Packers during the 2003 season.
It wasn't until Sands became a member of the Oakland Raiders that he began to see regular playing time. In 2006, he had 41 tackles, one sack and one interception, easily his best season.
Sands is still looking for a team to call his own after the Raiders released him in 2009.
Easily one of the most recognizable personalities in NFL history, William "The Refrigerator" Perry was one of the most carefree players ever.
Even though Perry was a defensive lineman, he might best be known by casual fans as the gigantic fullback who was unstoppable on the goal line. He was a key member of the famous "Super Bowl Shuffle" and anchored one of the most dominant defenses in history.
After football, Perry attempted many different things to stay in the spotlight. Unfortunately, Perry continues to battle with his weight issues to this day.
After watching Marshawn Lynch run over every single New Orleans Saints defensive player in last year's playoffs, I have a new appreciation for his ability.
Lynch started his career in Buffalo with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and every Bills fan thought that the next great running back was on their team.
After 2008, he ran into trouble with the law and struggled with injuries. He was finally traded to the Seattle Seahawks in early October and instantly made an impact.
He will battle for the starting running-back position for the Seahawks in the upcoming season.
Arguably the greatest defensive player in Steelers history, Jack Lambert was one scary dude. He was one of the hardest hitters to ever play the game.
Lambert won four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and made nine Pro Bowls. He was a member of both the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade teams. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
There have been few players who have instilled the type of fear in opposing quarterbacks that Lambert did. He is one of the toughest men to ever play the game.
Pat McQuistan was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Weber State and was a dominant tackle along with his twin brother Paul McQuistan.
He has played in 56 career games and started his first game this past season with the Miami Dolphins. He still has plenty of quality years left in him.
Paul McQuistan was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He started the first six games of his rookie season for Oakland.
McQuistan has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, but he is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks and should get a shot to start. He has the size and ability to be an effective offensive lineman in the league.