In our culture, the professional athlete is an interesting breed. While they participate in sport as a career, they often achieve the same social status as a Hollywood actor or Washington politician. Star athletes appear on the covers of magazines, take up pages in sports columns, make up the topic of discussion in internet forums and are given precious minutes of coverage during news or entertainment segments on television.
Who they play for, what they eat, who they sleep with, where they live, what they buy – these are the sorts of things we focus on when it comes to athletes.
Indeed, today’s athlete is always under the microscope, or more appropriately, the camera lens. Every move, every highlight and every mistake is seemingly captured and broadcast into the world for our consumption. Yes, the professional athlete can seem to be more of a celebrity than sports person at times.