Look at those guns.
Fortunately for NTSI, male attractiveness tends to correlate pretty highly with sporting talent. Cristiano Ronaldo is good-looking, Grady Sizemore is cute, Roger Federer is handsome, and I don’t think anyone is going to kick Jason Taylor out of bed (five years ago, anyway).
This is not the case, for whatever reason, in women’s sports. Your nice-looking female athletes–Mia Hamm or Maria Sharapova–are the exceptions, and even they tend not to be transcendently gorgeous. So, in women’s sports, unlike in men’s, we have the phenomenon of a double track: talent, and looks. It’s sexist and awful and it’s mostly why you know Anna Kournikova’s name.
So Kit and I were trying to figure out if there were an equivalent in men’s sports. But David Beckham is actually good at soccer, and Stuart Broad is a fine bowler, and Chase Utley turns a mean double play. We couldn’t think of anyone who was inordinately more famous for looks than for talent (yes, you could make an argument with Becks, but he’s a severe outlier and, importantly, was a truly great footballer in his prime).
And, admittedly, Brady Quinn is not primarily famous for his looks. He’s primarily famous for having gone to Notre Dame. And he’s not terrible. On a real team he might be all right. But he is also…not good. And he is supremely hunky. So he’s the best we can do.
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