Without sports athletes and players there would not be any sports at all. Becoming a professional athlete is a dream for most and a reality for only the most talented. Playing sports for a living is possible to obtain, but it requires years of training and perfecting your skills and techniques. As a sports fan, we look up to these top athletes as role models. In addition to being a professional athlete, these players often develop careers as coaches, philanthropists, and movers and shakers around the world.