15 Professional Athletes I’d Love to Go on Summer Vacation With

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15 Professional Athletes I'd Love to Go on Summer Vacation With

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

There are numerous professional athletes we would all love to hang out with. NBA superstars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, for instance, would show up on a lot of people's lists.

I would really enjoy picking the brains of some of the top NBA, NFL and MLB players, but there are a litany of others I certainly wouldn't turn down the opportunity to meet.

That's why this task was so difficult. I had to think about my favorite athletes and combine some of them with the most popular sportsmen to compile a group with which I was satisfied.

In the end, I didn't have any of the three aforementioned basketballers on my list, just because they didn't make the cut when I took everything into account. With that said, as I stated, I wouldn't turn down an opportunity to meet any of them — you know, as long as it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to do so.

In addition, I stuck with active players, so there will be no Michael Jordans or Brett Favres or Chipper Jones-es showing up, even though the latter is my favorite athlete of all-time in any sport and the first two are arguably the greatest basketball player ever and one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.

This is my list, and you can love it or hate it, but that's all it's meant to be.

Here are 15 professional athletes I'd love to go on summer vacation with.

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Adrian Peterson

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I'd love to know how Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was able to maintain such a positive attitude through a devastating ACL tear and return to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and nearly break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

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Cam Newton

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Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Given that we're just a year apart in age, I think there would be plenty for me and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to discuss, pertaining to both the game of football and life in general.

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Drew Brees

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints All-Pro signal caller Drew Brees would be a fun person to talk to. Not only is he a super nice guy, but I would like to know more about his decision to move from the San Diego Chargers to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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Evan Gattis

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

El Oso Blanco, aka "The White Bear," aka Atlanta Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis, has been one of the best stories in baseball this season, but I would be even more interested in his life story and the incredible journey he took to the majors.

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Freddie Freeman

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Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Although Freddie Freeman is my age and an All-Star first baseman for the Braves, this pick is purely for the hugs.

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Jeremy Lin

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Known as the Tim Tebow of the NBA, Jeremy Lin burst onto the scene with the New York Knicks in early 2012, impressing against some of the best teams in the league. I would ask him how he felt when the Knicks let him sign with the Houston Rockets after such amazing performances as a 38-point, seven-assist effort in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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J.J. Redick

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Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Meeting my current favorite athlete, with whom I seem to have much in common, would be an absolute dream for me. I've been a fan of Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick ever since his days with the Duke Blue Devils, which means I have cheered for him for over half my life.

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Josh Hamilton

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton's autobiography is one of the best books I have ever read. Just like Gattis, I'd want to know more details about how he made it to this point in his life.

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Mariano Rivera

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

With 638 saves and counting, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has a record that will be one of sports' toughest to break. Even though he plays for the hated Bronx Bombers, he's a heck of a player and a heck of a person.

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Philip Humber

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

This is undoubtedly the most "out of left field" pick of them all, but I've been a fan of starting pitcher Philip Humber ever since he tossed a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox on April 21, 2012. Although he was designated for assignment by the lowly Houston Astros in May due to an 0-8 record and an ERA near 10.00, I'm pulling for the 30-year-old right-hander to make it back to the big leagues.

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Robert Griffin III

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I love Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as both a player and a person, but I'd just want to get some ideas as to how he proposed to his wife, given that I'll be looking to pop the question to my beautiful girlfriend within the next few years.

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Stephen Curry

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been the deadliest shooter on the planet ever since his days with the Davidson Wildcats, who he led all the way to the 2008 Elite Eight and to a near upset of the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks.

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Steve Smith

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is small in stature but big in heart. I would want to know more about what drove him to become one of the best wideouts in the NFL.

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Tim Hudson

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Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Braves starter Tim Hudson does as much for charity as any professional athlete and he's one of the funniest guys in sports. I wouldn't mind pulling a few pranks with him — as long as he didn't pull any on me.

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Tim Tebow

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Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots quarterback Tebow is one of the most recognizable names — not just in sports, but the world in general — and I'd love to hear more about how he's able to stay upbeat despite being widely hated by so many. On the other hand, it'd also be interesting to hear how he's able to stay humble despite being widely loved by so many.


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