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14 Super-Obvious Sports Humblebrags

Laura Depta@lauradeptaFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2015

Jordan Spieth holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The humblebrag is not dead—it's just usually more well-disguised. Not for these 14 sports figures, though.

One of the worst things about humblebrags is their regular confusion with just straight-up, outright brags. To execute a true humblebrag, one must disguise a narcissistic comment as one of self-deprecation, modesty, gratitude, etc.

Humblebrags can be intentional or unplanned. I am certainly no mind reader, but here are my very subjective opinions on the following tweets, statements and in-all-likelihood humblebrags. (All hypothetical thoughts presented are purely fictional.)

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers crushed the division rival Chicago Bears 55-14 back in November. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had this to say on his weekly Milwaukee radio show: "My low back was actually hurting, and I think I attributed that to standing around the entire time as the second half went on, not [from] anything that happened on the field."

Humble: I'm just updating our listeners about the status of my health.

Brag: We beat those Bears so good I got to stand around for half the game. Suckas!


Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston @Jaboowins

Dream come true! So happy to be @TBBuccaneers have my very own jersey @Fanatics http://t.co/DwQfzlh2XM #NFLDraft #JameisDraft2015

To provide a little context, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, to the surprise of pretty much no one. He also declined an invitation to attend the draft and instead opted to throw himself a draft party with 100(ish) guests and his very own red carpet.

Humble: I was drafted No. 1 overall by the Tampa Buccaneers, and I am so #blessed.  

Brag: I was drafted five minutes ago, and my personalized Bucs jersey is already on sale. Like a baws.   


Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr @OBJ_3

Man I just personally wanna thank all the love and support from everybody for voting today !! It's mean so much to be on the cover of Madden

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a rookie sensation, to say the least. He caught 91 passes for over 1,300 yards, 12 touchdowns and averaged more than 108 yards per game. Beckham's year was big enough to land him the coveted Madden cover. He beat out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and became the youngest player to ever receive the honor.

Humble: I feel truly grateful to receive the honor of having my likeness on the cover of Madden NFL 16.

Brag: In case you hadn't heard, I'd like to draw attention to the fact that yours truly will be on the cover of Madden NFL 16.


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy @McIlroyRory

Home... lying on the sofa, NFL on the TV and a cup of tea! #simplethings #bliss http://t.co/A3vCdqVV8j

Humble: Here I am, just sitting on my couch watching the NFL. See? I'm a regular guy!

Brag: Then again, my coffee table book is about chartering expensive yachts, so…maybe I'm not all that regular. Excuse me while I count the $8 million I made this year on the PGA Tour.


Amar'e Stoudemire

In October, then with the New York Knicks, forward Amar'e Stoudemire posted a photo of himself submerged in a tub of what appears to be red wine. According to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, Stoudemire told reporters, "The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to, it creates more circulation in my red blood cells. Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub."

Humble: I am a dedicated athlete, and as such, I will do whatever is necessary for optimal recovery.  

Brag: To all you non-rich people out there surviving on $6 bottles of wine from Trader Joe's, check me out. I can afford to literally take a bath in the good stuff.


Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

When the players you've known since they were preteens beat the vet you've known since he was a teen #vetsvet #CongratsWarriors #ThisIsNOW

Humble: Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning the NBA title and beating a very capable LeBron James in the process.

Brag: My team may have had a down year, but don't forget who was here before all of you, winning championships before you were even in the league.


Cam Newton

In a May interview with Morgan Fogarty of WCCB Charlotte, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said, "I'm not saying I'm the one-on-one type of person that this league will never see again. No, I'm not saying that, hear me out. I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person."

Humble: To be fair, Newton did preface all that by saying, "I say this with the most humility."

Brag: But with the "most humility," I'm a quarterback whose combination of talent is unprecedented in the history of the NFL.


Darren Rovell

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

NBA Finals to Triple Crown in 11 hours. The wonders of air travel never ceases to amaze http://t.co/hCvXqtvU2m

Members of the sports media can humblebrag too, oh yes.

Humble: I have so much respect for the Wright brothers, who invented air travel, and other innovators who continue to advance aviation technology.

Brag: I got to see both the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and the Steph Curry vs. LeBron James NBA Finals in a matter of hours. What'd you do today?


LeBron James

Ah, LeBron James, king of basketball and of humblebrags. There is definitely more than one example here, but let's go with a recent one. 

Humble: Congratulations to coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke men's basketball team for winning the NCAA national championship.

Brag: Yes, Duke won a title, but let's bring this back around to me. I know about Coach K's greatness firsthand because he was my coach on Team USA. In case you forgot, I'm good enough to play for Team USA, and oh, by the way, I'm also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.


Jordan Spieth

People are making a big deal about this photo from Jordan Spieth's Instagram—the one of both his Masters jacket and his U.S. Open trophy. However, to me, that's more of an outright brag. More subtle is the photo of him getting on a private jet with a green Masters garment bag slung over his shoulder.

Humble: I had a great week, and now I'm on my way to New York City.

Brag: I'm headed off to NYC on an Under Armour private plane. And in case you forgot about how good I am at golf, that garment bag isn't from Macy's.


Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey @RondaRousey

Whaaaaat!? I just realized I was nominated for a 3rd ESPY - best play for the world record breaking… https://t.co/BrSq8Lr6UY

Humble: I had no idea I was nominated for an ESPY. How exciting! Please vote for me.

Brag: I just wanted you all to know I was nominated for yet another ESPY Award, but I didn't want this obvious social media self-promotion to sound so obvious. Oh, and I also just wanted to solicit fan votes.


Gary Payton

The jersey thing is more of an obvious brag, so the real humblebrag here lies in part two of this Instagram post from legendary NBA guard Gary Payton.

Humble: I am proud, yet humbled, to be a member of the basketball Hall of Fame.

Brag: Notice how I sneaked in that bit about me having a bowling alley in my house?


Roger Federer

Roger Federer @rogerfederer

Thrilled. Humbled. You guys are the best. Thanks for voting and always supporting me and Tennis. http://t.co/QomoItdgg6

In November, Roger Federer won the ATP World Tour's Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 10th time. And while this one is super-obvious, Federer actually used the word "humble," so it counts as a humblebrag.

Humble: I'm so happy and truly honored to receive such accolades from the fans and the ATP World Tour.

Brag: Just look at all of those awards. I put them right there for you in the tweet so you could see what a winner I am.

Tom Brady

When Tom Brady and the New England Patriots received their most recent Super Bowl rings, the quarterback took the opportunity to post one of the most obvious humblebrags there ever was.

The Facebook post featured a photo of (presumably) Brady's hand not only with his four rings on it, but also with (presumably) his supermodel wife's hand over it. The caption read, "These four rings stand for ‪#‎Family, ‪#‎Team, ‪#‎Friends and New England Patriots fans. Without the support of each one, none of these would be possible. I am truly grateful and blessed. What an incredible journey."

Humble: I'm so grateful to my family, team, friends and fans for helping me achieve my dreams.

Brag: THIS ONE'S FOR THE HATERS!

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