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Athletes Who Are Definitely Introverts

Updated January 27, 2020 83.5k 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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  • Kobe Bryant
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    Kobe Bryant's introverted personality was often misinterpreted as being cold and standoffish.

    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1978-2020)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Michael Jordan
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    Michael Jordan is often listed amongst the greatest introvert athletes of all time.
    • Age: 57
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Teams: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Washington Wizards, North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
  • Tiger Woods
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    Tiger Woods has been criticized for being a bad team competitor, but the truth is that the golf legend is simply an introvert.
    • Age: 45
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States of America

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  • Larry Bird is shy and introverted. He always shied away from attention when he was playing in the NBA.
    • Age: 64
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Teams: Boston Celtics, Boston Celtics, Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball