When I first moved to Detroit I had the pleasure of meeting Bary Sanders. It was at a children's play place (called Jeepers) at a mall. My wife and I were there with our sons and it had taken about a half hour to realize I was LITERALLY sitting shoulder to shoulder next to one of the best running backs to ever lace em up. It was a double take/spit take moment when it finally hit me who he was. Baseball cap on and so humble and unassuming. I was too much of a fan boy to form a full sentence but he and my wife sparked up a convo and eventually challenged him to a race through the ball pit LOL. After awhile we introduced our sons to each other and Barry took time to even play with him for a bit. The next season is a season he surprisingly stepped down. Never got a chance to watch him on the field, but I spent an afternoon just spending time with him as one dad to another. Pretty. F*ckin. Cool.
I can't say enough how much of a non prima donna he was. Even when a couple other fan boys passing by started hounding him towards the end. Complete class act.
Need more star athletes like that. Jameis can go eff himself.