10 Athletes Who Are Definitely Introverts

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An introvert is a person who recharges their batteries by being alone. Although alone time can be difficult to find when you're a famous professional athlete, these introverted athletes take time to themselves. Athletes who are introverts might need more space than their extroverted team mates. Several famous NBA players, golfers, and football stars are introverts. Some of these athletes have come across as "cold" because of their introverted nature, while others flat out admit that they are “extreme” introverts.

Who is the most famous athlete who is an introvert? Michael Jordan tops our list. The NBA champion is often listed amongst the greatest introverted athletes of all time. Tiger Woods has been criticized for being a poor team player, but the truth is that the golf legend is simply an introvert. Larry Bird is shy and introverted. He wasn't one to seek out the spotlight when he was playing for the NBA.

Derrick Rose's introverted nature was the subject of a 2012 article in GQ Magazine. He says, "It seems like the better I play, the more attention I get. And I can't get away from it. You play great, you get attention. But I hate attention. It is weird. I'm in a bind. The more you win, the more they come." Steve Smith considers himself to be an "extreme" introvert.

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