Peyton Manning and the 15 Classiest Athletes Today

 

 

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Peyton Manning and the 15 Classiest Athletes in Sports Today

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Peyton Manning epitomizes class in the world of sports. From the way he dresses, to the way he treats opposing players before and after games. The guy just never slips up, he's always on top of his class game.

To me, it's not even close when it comes to the question of who the classiest athlete is. Manning has the most class by far. It's not that all the athletes on this list aren't extremely classy, it's just that Peyton's classiness outshines the rest. The only partially negative thing we've heard him say in years, is when he told some writers to 'shove it where the sun don't shine' over their repeated criticisms of his play in cold weather. But do you realize how many times he's heard about that and how overplayed that story is? No regular person could possibly understand.

So what makes a 'good' class act? First off, the player's actions on the field can't be of a cocky or taunting nature. It's completely okay to celebrate and to be happy, but getting in another player's face just crosses the line. Secondly, classy athletes don't give out bulletin board material or make big headlines with their words. They say all the right things and never take shots. Thirdly, they dress well and represent their teams in the best way possible. That means no trouble off the field and no sketchiness of any type.

But when it comes to classy athletes, the main attribute is probably just being a good sport. Taking losses is tough, but the classy ones do it in stride.

Here's a look at 15 of the classiest athletes in sports today:

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Dirk Nowitzki

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Dirk has never been the most popular guy in the NBA, but there's no doubt he's one of the classiest. The guy is just a true pro.

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Kevin Durant

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Durant has a fiery competitive side, but he's also very respectful of other players. He's never going to be that guy who takes shots at his opponents.

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Calvin Johnson

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They say Megatron doesn't do end zone celebrations because he can't dance, but I believe it's because he subscribes to Barry Sanders' philosophy of 'act like you've been there before'.

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Eli Manning

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Eli is classy because it's the Manning way of doing things. His mentors, Archie and Peyton, are two of the classiest guys in sports history.

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Albert Pujols

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You may not like him because he's been killing your favorite team for years on the diamond, but there's not a lot of bad things to say about Albert Pujols the person.

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JJ Watt

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He looks like a mean SOB on the football field, but off it, Watt is one of the best guy's in the NFL.

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Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao may not be a better boxer than Floyd Mayweather, but he does have about 1,000 times more class than Money ever will.

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Russell Wilson

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After only two years in the NFL, Wilson is already near the top of the classiest athletes list. He's like Peyton in that he'll never say anything bad about an opponent. It's cliche, but the guy is mature beyond his years.

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Larry Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald is another guy you can label as a true pro. The Cardinals are lucky to have such a great guy as the face of their franchise.

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Steve Nash

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There are few NBA players that are more well respected than the legendary Steve Nash. His playing days are winding down, but you know he'll always be a good representative for the game of basketball.

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Derek Jeter

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To be the face of the Yankees for nearly two decades, you have to be nothing but class. We're talking about being the face of one of the highest profile franchises in sports, where there's never a shortage of eye balls on you. But has he ever had a major screw up? No way.

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Roger Federer

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You can tell a lot about an athlete's level of class by how they handle defeat. In the latest part of his career, Federer has done quite a bit of losing, but his character has never once wavered.

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Tim Duncan

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The San Antonio Spurs could not have hit a bigger home run than they did with Duncan. Not only has he been the face of the franchise on the court for a decade and a half, he's also been the face of the franchise away from the court. He's never brought any negative attention to SA in his tenure.

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Tony Gonzalez

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Gonzalez swears that he's retiring, but I'll believe it when I don't see him out there in 2014. But if this is the end, the NFL is losing one of its truly great players. Both in terms of on-field performance and by how he represents the league.

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Drew Brees

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Outside of Manning, it's tough to say that Drew Brees isn't the most respected athlete in sports today. He's always on his best behavior and representing the city of New Orleans and the Saints with utmost amount of class.


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  • http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/author/jesusflores/ Jesus Flores

    How did Jason Witten not make your list?