Coolest Athlete Celebration Blowouts
Anyone can throw a party, but few stations in life bring together as many party-friendly elements as does that of the athlete. Sports stars typically have some combination of youth, fame, wealth and a legit reason to celebrate.
Though none of those things is required to raise the roof, they certainly make it much easier to do so. And in situations involving possession of Lord Stanley's Cup, I’m pretty sure every person within a mile radius is legally required to join the celebration.
Social media apps like Instagram and Twitter have enabled athletes and those around them to document some prime examples of how to throw a party, regardless of whether there’s something specific worth celebrating or just a desire to have a good time.
These are a few of the biggest athlete celebration blowouts.
Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
Though he has toned things down his second summer in the NFL, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will probably always be linked with the hard-partying ways of his past. He definitely went all out for New Year's 2015.
Novak Djokovic, Tennis
Reggie Bush, San Francisco 49ers
Last year 49ers running back Reggie Bush attended one hell of a party. He doesn’t provide much context for that photo, but 40-plus bottles of Cristal for fewer than 40 people speaks for itself.
Sydney Leroux, US Women’s Soccer
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
That photo of Clippers forward Blake Griffin and his boys is Part II of an event they’ve dubbed “Boats ‘N Bros,” which seriously couldn’t be a more perfect name—this is a serious bro moment. Part I is equally bromantic but loses points because they are not yet on a boat.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is another guy who has been impressively quiet of late, though his draft party in April was in a league of its own. Selected No. 1 overall out of Florida State, Winston opted to skip the draft in favor of his very own red carpet draft party where he didn’t have to share the spotlight. #JameisDraft2015.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers may have fallen to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, but LeBron James didn’t let that derail his championship summer. Recently, James has been everywhere promoting Trainwreck, including a star-studded party hosted by GQ. And even more recently, the King held court at the ESPY Awards.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Considering the year that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had in 2014 and the ongoing drama that spilled over into 2015, most people in his position probably would have opted for a low-key birthday bash. Instead, AD opted for the exact opposite of that when he turned 30 in March with his Arabian Nights-themed extravaganza.
Tara Lipinski, Retired Figure Skater
Retired American figure skater Tara Lipinski, who won gold at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, proved she possesses some next-level patriotism during an extended Fourth of July celebration with friends and family in South Carolina. Seriously—her Instagram account was a veritable sea of red, white and blue for five straight days.
Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Bears guard Kyle Long didn’t spend too much time mourning after yet another disappointing season in Chicago. The Oregon alum celebrated the Ducks' run in the College Football Playoff with a whole mess of friends and former teammates. The party continued a week later at the Pro Bowl in Arizona. Honestly, Long's been living large ever since.
Shavlik Randolph, Boston Celtics
The Celtics cut loose NBA free agent Shavlik Randolph in April because he wouldn’t commit to a nonguaranteed deal for the upcoming season. But Randolph wasn’t going to let a little thing like a lack of a contract hamper the epic brocation he had planned this summer—the Spanish island of Ibiza may never be the same.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots; and Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
If anyone was going to make this list twice, it makes sense that it would be Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. And it would also make sense that he would team up with Patriots recreation enthusiast Rob Gronkowski for the perfect summer pool party.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Warriors standout point guard Stephen Curry has definitely had a calendar year worth celebrating. In addition to being named the 2014-15 NBA MVP, in June, Curry led Golden State to its first championship since 1975 and was honored as the year’s Best Male Athlete at the recent ESPY Awards.
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis
Few athletes have more to celebrate on a regular basis than Serena Williams, who has won every Grand Slam event since the U.S. Open in August 2014. Her Instagram page is awash with party pics, promotional shoots and her posing with trophies. Often in the mix is Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who has become Williams’ “best friend and her fiercest competitor,” per Vogue's Rebecca Johnson.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Anyone who follows Heat star Dwyane Wade or his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, on Instagram knows these two like to see and be seen—whether they’re sitting front row at Fashion Week or mugging with friends at red carpet events. And when they host their own party, they pull out all the stops. Wade’s 32nd birthday yacht party in January 2014 was nothing short of epic.