When you're a professional athlete and you're really good at what you do, you're going to attract boatloads of fans. If you're a fan of any sport, be it football, hockey, or even indoor soccer, you're bound to have a favorite player. It may not be the most high profile guy on the team – maybe you appreciate the fact that they hustle more than anybody else, or that they will do the dirty work others won't – but if you're a sports fan, there is bound to be somebody that you single out as being the player you throw all of your support behind.
Sometimes though, that respect and admiration some fans have for players goes a bit too far. Sometimes, it turns into something that borders on obsession, and in most cases, total denial of not just the obsession itself, but outright denial of certain facts and truths about the object of their admiration. That sort of unwavering support and loyalty can take a turn for the overzealous, obnoxious, and downright psychotic in the blink of an eye.
Athletes in every sport have crowds and crowds of fans who loyally – and sometimes blindly – support them in everything do. The fans heap adulation and praise on these athletes for every move they make. It's not very hard to imagine some of these fans running into their favorite player at the supermarket and going nuts, shouting that they just bought a gallon of milk better than anybody had ever bought a gallon of milk in the history of supermarkets.
Diehard fans of this player or that player are interesting creatures for sure. It's sometimes sort of sad, but usually a fascinating case study in obsession. But hey, it's sports and as we know, sports brings out a little of the crazy in all of us.
With that in mind, here are 15 Pro Athletes with the Most Psychotic Fans...
15 Brian Wilson (Los Angeles Dodgers)
14 Ray Rice (Formerly of the Baltimore Ravens)
13 Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
12 Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
11 Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers)
10 Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
9 Derek Jeter (Formerly of the New York Yankees)
8 Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
6 Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
5 Johnny Manziel (Cleveland Browns)
4 Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees)
3 Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
2 Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos/New York Jets)
1 Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
There is perhaps no other quarterback in the league, who's generated such an inspired, passionate, and loyal following for having as little actual success as Tony Romo. Let's just get this out of the way – Romo is a very good quarterback. Is he “elite?” That's up for debate. But what cannot be denied is the fact that Romo has never gotten his team anywhere close to the ultimate prize. In his 11 NFL seasons, Romo has been to the playoffs just 3 times and has put up fairly pedestrian numbers in those postseason contests. What's more, he hasn't been able to get his team to the postseason in 4 years (and counting), But mention any of that to a Cowboys fan and you'll likely get the “real” reason for Romo's struggles. It's the offensive line. It's the coaching. It's Jessica Simpson. It's anything but Romo himself. But mention that, and you're just asking for trouble. You'll likely be called a hater, an idiot, an ignorant fool, a moron, or even worse. Usually worse, truth be told.
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