While I've committed much of my life to the world of sports, I've always been adamant that professional athletes shouldn't typically be viewed as role models. If or when I have kids of my own, I'll make a special effort to ensure that my spawn don't idolize the players they watch for anything more than what they do on the field, ice or court.
I know a lot of real good dudes who play NFL football, NHL hockey, NBA basketball and Major League Baseball, but far too many are man-children with a penchant for abusing substances and/or womanizing and/or disobeying the law.
Once in a while, though, a player comes along who fully gets it. No ego, no sense of entitlement, no terrible knee-jerk investments.