Athletes across all types of sports can all attest to at least one thing that they all have in common, no matter what they play; teammates create bonds matched by few other types of relationships.
In reality, athletes in team sports don't have much choice in the matter. When you're spending months at a time seeing the same group of people each day, you're bound to grow closer. Sure, it's possible that some teammates may not got along, but for the greater good, the majority of athletes will at least maintain civil relationships with their teammates. On the other end of the "teammate relationship spectrum" is the epitome of sports relationships: The Bromance.
The Bromance is more than just a friendship between two individuals who don the same jersey on game-day. It is a practically unbreakable bond that borders on legitimate brotherhood; the kind of relationship that are accompanied with sappy phrases like "a friend will bail you out of jail, but a best friend will be in the cell with you." Professional sports bromances are unique in that, as fans, we become spectators in a friendship, a concept that is foreign to the average Joe - no one is watching you and your best friend have a beer and take a selfie during your night out, but if two pro athletes are seen walking through a mall together, they are the two most interesting friends in the entire universe (and you'll get the standard "they're so cute" response from said athletes' female fan-base).
All kidding aside, though, bromances are arguably an important aspect of sport - especially in today's social media crazed society - because they provide us with a reminder that these athletes aren't just robots programmed to score goals or throw touchdown passes; they are human beings with feelings and, like the rest of us, crave human contact (or as men would put it, someone who they can share a cold one with).
15 Drake and (Insert Athlete Name Here)
14 Michael Jordan and Roger Federer
13 Mike Richards and Jeff Carter
12 Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider
11 Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole
10 Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki
9 Tony Romo and Jason Witten
8 Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
7 Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan
6 Tom Brady and Bill Belichick
5 Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler
4 Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler
3 Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
2 Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus
1 LeBron James and Johnny Manziel
If there was a "power-couple" ranking for bromance, these two would be at the top of that list too. The relationship between King James and Johnny Football started with some social media "flirting" - a Tweet here, and Instagram post there - but now that they are both in Cleveland, there's no doubt this bromance is going to explode, especially when (not if) Manziel gets his shot at the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job.
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