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Athletes Who Are Definitely Introverts

Updated January 27, 2020 83.6k views10 items

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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  • Derrick Rose
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    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."
    • Age: 32
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Teams: Detroit Pistons
  • Jerry West
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    Jerry West was reportedly introverted since childhood.
    • Age: 82
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Pete Maravich
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    Pete Maravich has often been classified as a social introvert.
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
    • Teams: Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Hawks
  • Reggie Miller
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    Reggie Miller is often labeled as a introverted athlete.
    • Age: 55
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America
    • Teams: Indiana Pacers, Indiana Pacers, UCLA Bruins men's basketball

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