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10 Athletes Who Rise Above the Hate

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Athletes get hated on for many different reasons. The key is to be able to rise above that hate. Here are 10 athletes who are able to do that better than any others.

10. A.J. Pierzynski

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10. A.J. Pierzynski

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Pierzynski is irritating. He gets under the skin of opposing players and at times, his own teammates. Sometimes he even appears on TV and challenges John Cena to a steel cage match. At the end of the day, however, he is a former All-Star and World Series champion who is still a contributing big league player at age 37.

9. Rajon Rondo

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9. Rajon Rondo

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Rondo is arrogant and cocky. He is one of the main reasons Ray Allen left Boston for Miami a few years back. There's nothing wrong with being arrogant if you can back it up, and Rondo does just that. He is one of the top point guards in the NBA and will gladly let people hate as he continues to play at an elite level.

8. Dwight Howard

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8. Dwight Howard

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The hate Dwight Howard gets is impressive. Anyone can get former teammates and coaches to dislike them, but it takes a special player to have two complete fanbases hate them. Howard doesn't seem to mind, as he continues to dunk over the opposition and do it with a big smile on his face.

7. Mark Sanchez

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7. Mark Sanchez

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When you're famous for something called "the butt fumble," you know your fanbase likely hates you. Mark Sanchez was bad with the Jets and got a lot of hate for his poor play. That hate could have easily taken away all his confidence and ended his pro career. Instead, Sanchez embraced it and is having a resurgence in Philadelphia.

6. P.K. Subban

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6. P.K. Subban

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People hate P.K. Subban because they aren't P.K. Subban. He is young, successful and one of the best defensemen in NHL. Opposing fans despise him but would take him on their team's roster any day of the week. The former Norris Trophy winner doesn't let any of the hate faze him.

5. Michael Vick

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5. Michael Vick

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Vick was at one time the most hated athlete in all of professional sports. He was suspended from the NFL, sitting in a jail cell and didn't know if he would ever play professional football again. Vick paid his debt to society and worked his way back to being a starting QB in the NFL. He still has the haters who believe he should be out of the league, but Vick continues to overcome that hate.

4. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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4. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Money Mayweather is easy to hate. He's cocky, flamboyant and has no problem letting everyone know how successful he is. The undefeated Mayweather can back up all of his talk, however. If Mayweather can knock out the Big Show, then he can certainly rise above hate.

3. Ndamukong Suh

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3. Ndamukong Suh

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Suh is arguably the best defensive player in the NFL. He is also arguably the most hated defensive player in the NFL. He is a dominant force who plays with a lot of attitude. That attitude has gotten the best of him in the past, but his reputation as a dirty player is overblown. Suh will always have haters, and he will always overcome that hate with great play.

2. John Cena

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2. John Cena

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John Cena wears shirts that say "Rise Above Hate." No more needs to be said.

1. Swaggy P

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1. Swaggy P

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Nick Young, aka Swaggy P, is hated on more than any other athlete. When your nickname is given to you in a dream by God, how can you not be hated on? The self-proclaimed best three-point shooter of all time is forced to rise above hate on a daily basis. The world would be a better place if we were all more like Swaggy P.