15 Professional Athletes I’d Love to Go on Summer Vacation With
15 Professional Athletes I'd Love to Go on Summer Vacation With
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Freddie Freeman is my age and an All-Star first baseman for the Braves, this pick is purely for the hugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Griffin III
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.
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.
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.
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.