25 New Year’s Resolutions For Star Athletes

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25 Resolutions for Pro Athletes

Sports
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It is almost that time of the year again. Christmas is closely approaching and everyone is full of cheer. We look back at the year of 2013 and marvel at the things we did and regret the things we didn't get to do. The latter part of that sentence is the reason why many participate in the tradition of making New Year's resolutions.

Athletes, just like us, also like to make resolutions for the New Year. They like to set certain goals for themselves that usually involve the sport that they are involved in. Unlike us, however, athletes' lives are lived out in the public eye, so we see every success and every failure they endure.

I will look at some of the biggest athletes in every sport to guess what their 2014 New Year's resolution may be. Whether they had a great 2013 or a terrible one, every athlete is going to strive to get better.

There were many athletes and teams that 2013 was not nice to. There are currently 267 players that are on the injured reserve in the NFL. I am sure all of them would like to have a better 2014. A ton of stars in MLB missed a bunch of time. The NHL missed half the season, so I think they would like a reprieve on that one. The NBA let the Miami Heat win again. Every game and season cannot go how everyone wants it to.

This is why they are here. These resolutions will help them get to the next level. These are the 25 New Year’s resolutions for big-name athletes.

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25. Derek Jeter

MLB
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Resolution: Stay on the field for a full season

Derek Jeter had a bad year in 2013. He only played 17 games while he watched the likes of Eduardo Nunez and Lance Nix take his place. He saw his buddy Cano leave for the West Coast. Worst of all, he saw his team miss the playoffs while he sat on the bench. He knows his no. 1 goal this season is to be on the field.

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24. Carmelo Anthony

Knicks
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: turn this Knicks' season around

The New York Knicks are currently the biggest disappointment in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony is not to blame, but he does have some work to do to get the Knicks back into the Eastern Conference race. Luckily, the entire conference is bad. He needs to get his supporting cast going to get his team back into this thing.

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23. Rob Gronkowski

Pats
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Get rid of the injury bug

Rob Gronkowski is once again on the IR after tearing his ACL a few weeks ago. That is after a broken forearm lost him 2012 and a high ankle sprain hurt him in the Super Bowl that same year. He is getting to the point where you are just waiting for him to go down. His goal next year will be to play a full 16-game season.

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22. Jameis Winston

NCAA
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Stay out of trouble off the field

Is there anything else Jameis Winston needs to do? I am sure one of his goals for 2014 is to win the National Championship. That much is obvious, but the fact is that this scandal about him doesn't seem to be going away. He needs to stay out of trouble next year.

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21. Jonathan Quick

Kings
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Get back in time to play for USA

Jonathan Quick was the reason why American hockey fans were quietly confident going into the Olympics next year. He was the wild card that could have a Ryan Miller-type of run that could end with a Gold Medal win. Then Quick got hurt. He hurt his groin, which is crucial for goalies. Everyone hopes he can be 100 percent by the time the team goes to Sochi.

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20. Kobe Bryant

Lakers
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Become Black Mamba again

Kobe Bryant has miraculously already returned from one of the most gruesome injuries in sports, a torn Achilles. He has not looked like himself since he returned a few games ago, but he believes that is only rust. He is shooting to be one of the best in the NBA once again.

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19. Peyton Manning

Bron
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Prove he can win in cold weather

Peyton Manning is currently dealing with the cold weather stigma. It is something that has haunted him his entire career. He needs to win some cold weather games, or signing with Denver may look like a really bad idea.

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18. LeBron James

NBA
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Three-peat

There is one goal for LeBron James -- he wants to join the likes of Kobe and Jordan in superstars that were part of a three-peat.

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17. Alex Ovechkin

Caps
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Be as good in the playoffs as he is in the regular season

Alex Ovechkin is one of the best pure scorers in the history of the NHL. Lately, however, he hasn't been able to turn that to success in the playoffs. Last season especially was bad as he only scored two points in seven postseason games. He needs to do much better than that if they make it to the playoffs.

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16. Tiger Woods

Golf
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Win a major

Tiger Woods has teased the public by continuously winning the tournament before a major. He is in it in during every non-Major tournament all year, but can't seem to get over the hump when it really counts. He needs to get closer to Jack Nicklaus' record.

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15. Jimmie Johnson

Nas
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: To share

This might be some wishful thinking. Jimmie Johnson has owned NASCAR for the past decade and with another championship to his name in 2013, he doesn't look to be taking it easy any time soon.

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14. Kevin Durant

OKC
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Work for a better boss

The Oklahoma City Thunder looked like they could be a force to be reckoned with for years to come when they made it to the NBA finals with a 23-year-old Kevin Durant, a 23-year-old Russell Westbrook and a 22-year-old James Harden. They had their own big three without having to sign them. Then they traded Harden away for what now amounts to be not much. They haven't spent any money to make the team better. They are wasting a talent by refusing to bring in key free agents.

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13. Tom Brady

Pats
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Force someone to become a viable scoring option

It has been a rough year for Tom Brady. He lost his five best receiving options, and still carried his team to a 10-4 record despite having a converted QB as his no. 1 receiver. His no. 2 receiver played only seven games. No. 3 on this list missed four games himself. He needs someone who is somewhat reliable.

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12. Jadeveon Clowney

SC
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Get drafted no. 1

Jadeveon Clowney is still on the top of most analysts' draft boards, but it isn't as clear cut as it was before the season. His transcendent talent is not what is being questioned, but his effort is. He needs to show in the combine and other workouts that he is the kind of talent teams would regret not picking with the first overall pick.

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11. Sidney Crosby

Pens
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Keep your head up

Sidney Crosby has been relatively injury-free for the 2013-14 season. Between his concussions and the broken jaw from last season, he seems to have most of his injuries above the neck. He is pivotal to this Pittsburgh Penguins team. He needs to stay on the ice.

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10 .Calvin Johnson

Lions
Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Playoff success

Calvin Johnson is on pace to have his third straight 1,600-yard season, what more could he want? Probably to have a successful playoff run. In his seven-year career, he has played one playoff game. He went off in that playoff game, but they still lost. He would really like a playoff win next year.

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9. Rajon Rondo

Celt
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Excel as the best player on his team, whatever that team ends up being

The Rajon Rondo trade rumors are swirling and he isn't even on the court. He has yet to play with this new Boston Celtics team that is without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for the first time in his career. He is now the best player on the team. Even if he is traded, he will likely be brought in to be a leader. How will he respond to that?

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8. Mike Trout

Angels
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Get paid what he's worth

There was some interesting talk swirling around MLB circles this week when the question of what Mike Trout would make on the open market was proposed. The numbers were astronomical. Some had him in the range of ten years and $400 million. Not only would that be a record, but that would be well over $100 million more than the next highest ever. He is currently making $510,000. He is not arbitration-eligible until 2015. If the clear underpayment continues, that could sour Trout's relationship with the organization as a whole. Like they say, just pay the man.

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7. Richie Incognito

Dol
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Don't do that again

He knows what I'm talking about.

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6. Shawn Thornton

Bruins
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Only fight people who are facing people

Shawn Thornton is currently facing the most scrutiny he ever will after purposely injuring Brooks Orpick by pulling him down from behind during a scrum and punching him in the face. If someone says no to fighting you, just let it go, Shawn.

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5. Adrian Peterson

Vikes
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Learn to play quarterback

Is that not the only thing that this offense needs? The likes of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman just aren't cutting it. Let Toby Gerhart play running back and put Adrian Peterson under center. He couldn't be worse.

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4. David Ortiz

Sox
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Teach teammates how to hit

In the World Series, David Ortiz hit an insane .688. The best average after him was Jacoby Ellsbury with a .250 average, and he is now wearing pinstripes. Outside of Ortiz, the team hit a paltry .168. Ortiz got a little less than one-third of his team's hits for the series. His 17 total bases were 12 more than anyone else's. Need I go on?

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3. Nick Foles

Eagles
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Beat the curse of the backup Eagles quarterback

Kevin Kolb was supposed to be a real asset when he was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals three years ago. Michael Vick was Donovan McNabb's backup, then he became the starter and was supposed to be back to the guy who earned a $100 million contract. A.J. Feeley was A.J. Feeley. I could go on, but this is getting depressing. Let's just hope for Eagles fans' sake that Nick Foles' season isn't a fluke.

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2. Rick Nash

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Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Figure out what is wrong with the Rangers

When Rick Nash went to the New York Rangers, a Stanley Cup was supposed to be a given. Since then, they traded their second-best scoring option, watched their goalie go from best in the world to maybe not better than the backup, got a coach who did not have a Stanley Cup on his resume, among other things. He needs to get this team going, because if they can't make the playoffs in the pathetic Metropolitan then, this team is really bad.

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1. Robinson Cano

Mar
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Resolution: Prove he was worth it

Robinson Cano seems to always have issues with how others have values him, especially the New York Yankees. He felt he was worth the $300 million that was originally proposed. He quickly found out that wasn't happening. Now he is a member of the Seattle Mariners. He needs to be pretty darn good to live up to the money he got.


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