By Tyler Leli @jetleli on August 26, 2014
In sports, fans love to cheer on their favorite teams, and also to ridicule those fans who feel it is necessary to only cheer on the team that is winning at the moment. Like these bandwagon fans, there are a number of athletes who are notorious for chasing the money, or otherwise hopping from one great team to another with every passing season. With this in mind, here are the top 15 front-runner athletes in sports today.
Allen has been notorious for jumping ship throughout his storied NBA career, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and now the Miami Heat when the going got tough. Sure, Allen is an all-time great shooter, but there is no denying he cares more about winning than loyalty to any organization.
Welker cemented his status on this list by leaving the New England Patriots after the 2012 season and heading to the Denver Broncos, with disappointing playoff results playing a big role in the move.
Mayweather may not have the possibility to jump from team to team, but he does blatantly chase the most money when choosing fights, and he has passed up a number of great fights in the process.
Cruz became universally known as a guy more interested in himself than any given team by accepting a suspension that took him away from the Texas Rangers when they needed him in the midst of the 2013 pennant race, then moving on to sign a lucrative deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
From 2008-2010, Hossa played in the Stanley Cup three-consecutive years with three different teams, earning a status of a front-runner athlete in the process.
Torres broke the hearts of Liverpool fans by transferring to rival Chelsea FC in January of 2011, although his struggles since the move have shown that being a front-runner does not always pay off.
Nathan was loyal to the Minnesota Twins for quite some time, but successive moves to the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers in recent years have shown the money and opportunities to win sometimes trump any previous feelings.
After previously vowing not to leave Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale did just that in the summer of 2013, moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee. Although this move was understandable, Bale surely is still a front-runner in the minds of many.
Love went from the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves to a pariah by forcing a move to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a not so subtle way recently. Along the way, Love burned a lot of bridges, and proved that winning and marketing trump the years of work the Timberwolves' organization put into developing the star power forward.
Revis has chased the money throughout his NFL career, first ditching the New York Jets for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then moving to the New England Patriots when the going got tough.
Fresh off winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury moved to the arch-rival New York Yankees, seemingly chasing money and prestige over everything else in the process. If that doesn't exemplify a front-runner athlete, then nothing does.
Nasri forced an expensive move from Arsenal FC to Manchester City FC in 2011, essentially chasing a bump in pay and a chance to actually win the Barclays Premier League with the move.
Howard moved to the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 2012-13 NBA season in an effort to chase an NBA ring, but after a rough season, he moved to the Houston Rockets. The 28-year-old may be a good guy, but there is no doubting he relentlessly chases easy situations.
Iginla passed up a move to the Boston Bruins at the 2013 NHL trade deadline in order to chase the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to sign with Boston in the offseason. Fortunately for fans who hate bandwagon players, Iginla didn't win the Stanley Cup in either 2013 or 2014.
James ditched the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat after the 2009-10 NBA season, only to return to Cleveland in the summer of 2014 when the going got tough in Miami. This second move may have gained LeBron some capital amongst sports fans, but it also put his bandwagon status firmly in place.
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