The Biggest Criers in Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

The Biggest Criers in Sports

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    It's not the manliest thing to admit, but every once in a while I find myself getting caught up in a sports moment and letting a few tears fall down.

    Sure, I try to hide it the best I can by just covering my face and making myself sweat in an attempt to hold them back, but sometimes it's just impossible.

    We know that there isn't supposed to be crying in baseball, but as we've seen over the years, sometimes emotions will get the best of even the best people in sports.

Honorable Mention: UGA Football Fan

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    If there's one thing that I just can't support, it's when sports fans take their displeasure with a team, player or coach public and actually cry when talking about their feelings.

    This UGA guy did just that earlier this season following a Bulldogs loss to Clemson, proving that sometimes football really is the most important thing in someone's life.

    Look, losing blows, but unless you're a youngster who doesn't understand, then it just comes across as pouting.

Chris Bosh

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    Thanks to the fact that Chris Bosh plays for the Miami Heat, there's always going to be a double standard when he or his teammates do something—since most fans love to hate the South Beach boys.

    Following a 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, one would think people could sympathize with Bosh and his mates for failing to win a title.

    Yeah, that didn't really happen, as most fans found pleasure in Bosh becoming hysterical afterward.

Matt Bush

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    It's always terrible when an athlete is regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in any sport, but when that athlete follows up the moniker by being a complete jackass—as former pitcher Matt Bush did here—it just adds fuel to the fire.

    Getting arrested totally blows—I would know after picking up a few PIs in my college days—but when it happens, the last thing anyone should do is bust out into a screaming and irrational tantrum.

    As a Deadspin article wrote not long after this happened to Bush, there's a right and wrong time to cry—and this was a poor time to let the tears fly, bro.

Adam Morrison

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    As I stated in my opener, athletes generally aren't supposed to be seen crying—though with smart phones and social media sites, it's pretty hard to hide it these days.

    But for former NBA player—and draft bust—Adam Morrison, he had no shame in showing how much the pain hurt after his Gonzaga Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker in the 2006 NCAA tournament to the UCLA Bruins.

    Crying following a win is acceptable, since it's tears of joy. But doing so after a loss is usually frowned upon—as Morrison found out when he actually got criticized for it.

    On a positive note, at least the dude was rockin' a sick, porn stache while doing it.

Diego Maradona

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    Although Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona might come across as a fiery bulldog, it's clearly in his nature to become emotional.

    Maradona proved that following his team's defeat to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup finals, and then he repeated the teary tirade again as his "La Albiceleste" squad again found itself on the wrong side of a match to Germany, this time as the head coach during the country's 2010 World Cup run.

New York Giants Fan

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    Much like the UGA fan I mentioned earlier who called into a radio station and let not only his frustration but also some tears come out by getting caught up in the moment, this New York Giants fan did the exact same thing—except his was actually recorded on video.

    To his credit, I can appreciate someone who is as passionate about winning as this dude showed. But, damn, maybe mixing booze and sports isn't such a good plan for him.

    This epic showcase got him on Tosh.0 for a "Web Redemption," though, so at least he became semi-famous for his tears.

    Editor's Note: Video has NSFW language.

LaDainian Tomlinson

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    Although us normal people typically count down the days to retirement, one of the most difficult things that an athlete can ever do is make the decision to walk away from the sport he loves—especially when he's an all-timer.

    So when former San Diego Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson found himself without a team a few years ago, he got caught up in the moment, showing that he truly wasn't shy about wearing his emotions on his sleeve—or, in this case, all over his face in the form of tears.

Andre Agassi

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    Following his loss in the third round of the 2006 U.S. Open, eight-time Grand Slam champ Andre Agassi let every single person in the stadium know exactly what he loved the most about playing tennis professionally for over 20 years.

    Delivering a speech following a standing ovation, a weeping Agassi thanked everyone for his or her support through the good times, bad times and the times he wore that wig.

Brett Favre

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    It's easy to dislike former quarterback Brett Favre because he was such a drama queen throughout his career, but one can't forget that this guy should go down as one of the best signal-callers to ever play.

    Holding a number of passing records—along with a 1-1 Super Bowl record—Favre's first retirement speech with the Green Bay Packers may not have been entirely true, but the emotion he showed was.

    Of course, we ended up seeing him retire a few more times, but that's neither here nor there.

Michael Jordan

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    Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player—and arguably the biggest competitor—that any of us have ever seen.

    But just because MJ seemed fearless with no weaknesses didn't mean he wasn't susceptible to letting his emotions pour out.

    While it was probably expected after he earned his first NBA title back in 1991, Jordan's biggest crying moment came following his fourth NBA title in 1996, when his Chicago Bulls closed out the series on Father's Day—a reminder of Jordan's slain dad from three years prior after an 18-month baseball hiatus in his honor.

Terrell Owens

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    While former wide receiver Terrell Owens may not have made ripping a quarterback famous, he did perfect the art of doing it throughout his career.

    So when T.O. switched stances following a 2008 NFC divisional playoff game loss to the New York Giants, it was a little bit off-putting.

    Instead of crying about not getting the ball enough, Owens was crying about the unfair treatment given to his quarterback, Tony Romo—quite the opposite of what anyone would have imagined happening.

Bubba Watson

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    Sure, PGA golfer Bubba Watson went ape on the tears after winning his first ever major tournament—the 2012 Masters—but it was actually a year later that he seemed most choked up, responding to a reporter's question before this year's tournament.

    It's clear Bubba is just a good ol' boy who isn't afraid to show how appreciative he was of winning one of the biggest golf tournements ever.

Derek Redmond

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    Not to get all emotional on you, but Derek Redmond's crying session from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics is still one of the most touching moments in sports.

    Entering the race as one of the favorites, he pulled up lame with an injury, barely able to walk, before his dad came onto the track to help his son finish the race.

    It wasn't quite the final scene from the movie Cool Runnings, but it was pretty damn close—and unscripted!

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis

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    While most of these moments of athletic tears have come due to a win or loss, current Orlando Magic big man Glen "Big Baby" Davis' moment is probably one he'd rather forget while still playing for the Boston Celtics, since it wasn't due to either.

    Living up to his nickname, Big Baby got some harsh treatment from then teammate Kevin Garnett, who lit into the young player for doing his part in allowing the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to cut into a 25-point Celtics lead.

    I'd normally poke fun of Davis a bit more for being a grown man and crying after being yelled at, but let's face it, coming from KG, we all would have probably cried too.

Dick Vermeil

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    In the history of sports, there are truly only a few people who have cried more than former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil.

    Proving that he cared about his players as if they were his own sons, Vermeil rarely found a moment that wasn't tearjerker-worthy, his voice often quivering when speaking about a player of his or just blatantly letting tears roll down his face.

    I don't know about you, but that's a guy I'd definitely want to play for.

Allen Iverson

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    One of my all-time favorite players, former Philadelphia Sixers great Allen Iverson always wore his heart on his sleeve, ignoring the congestion of taller, stronger guys inside the paint to do his thing for 17 NBA seasons.

    But while A.I. often came across as brash and selfish—which some may argue he was—Iverson has shown that he has a softer side too, crying when hearing praise from his former coach, Larry Brown.

    Say whatever you want to about the guy, but Iverson only wanted to win—even if he was a prima donna in his approach.

Tom Brady

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    In all honesty, I really thought it was a shame to see how fans mocked New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after he was seen crying in an interview a couple years ago.

    I'm not a Brady fan in the slightest, but, as a sports fan, you've got to respect the guy.

    So it was actually a little refreshing to hear him recall what it was like for him to slip in the 2000 draft and see him break down when mentioning a walk with his parents to get his mind off things, reminding everyone that he worked his ass off to get everything he has now.

    And seeing that he's married to a supermodel and has three Super Bowl rings, he definitely has a ton of good stuff.

Roger Federer

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    Although the rivalry may have lost a bit of its luster recently, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have given sports fans some of the finest matches ever witnessed.

    So it's probably not too surprising when one of them—in this case Federer—lets the tears flow following either a win or a loss.

    In this case, Fed couldn't refrain from letting those things out after losing to Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open, which was his third straight Grand Slam final loss to the Spaniard.

    Federer is arguably the best male tennis player ever, so I say he gets a pass for crying, since he's won more meaningful titles than anyone.

Knowshon Moreno

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    Good Lord.

    That's pretty much what every football fan probably thought after seeing Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno literally make it rain before the start of his team's game against the Kansas City Chiefs just last week.

    Wondering what made Moreno cry was the first thought—which he explained later—but then pondering how on earth he could cry such thick, copious amounts of saline was the other.

    At least he was having fun during the game. Otherwise, I may have been concerned about him.

Tim Tebow

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    Yes, it's super easy to hate on former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow—especially now that the "Golden One's" NFL career is seemingly over.

    But while still playing for the Florida Gators in 2009, Tebow took a loss to Alabama in the SEC title game a little rougher than some may have thought—pouring out tears of disappointment.

    Tebow was seen balling on the sideline and being consoled by a teammate and then still going at it during his postgame interview, which leads me to believe his cry sesh was just about the longest in the history of college football.

Jim Leyland

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    I mentioned former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil a little bit earlier, but when it comes to crying in sports, there isn't a man more prone to it than former MLB manager Jim Leyland.

    Seen here crying in the locker room after his team won the Central Division this past season, Leyland seems to get choked up with anything that happens.

    So it's probably not surprising that he was crying (again) when he decided to announce his retirement last month.

    Whether winning a World Series, clinching a division, standing up for one of his players or leaving the game he loves, Leyland is the ultimate sports crier.