Athletes spend a lot of time together and have similar interests, so naturally, friendships form. But take that friendship to the next level and you’ve got a bromance.
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The "'World' Domination" Bromance: Madison Bumgarner & Hunter Pence
For some reason, we have the feeling that Hunter Pence would be bros with anybody who could chug six beers at once.
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The "America's Team" Bromance: Dez Bryant & LeBron James
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant and LeBron James have become bros due to the fact that LeBron is a huge Cowboys fan and Bryant happens to play for them. Recently, Bryant honored LeBron's fandom by recreating LeBron's celebratory dance "The Silence" during the Cowboys' game in London. Dez even congratulated him when he returned to Cleveland. Though, it could get awkward because Bryant admitted that Kobe Bryant was his favorite NBA player of all-time (after MJ).
The "Bad Hair Buddies" Bromance: Steve Nash & Dirk Nowitzki
Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki both came to the Mavericks in 1998 with big eyes, fresh energy and bad haircuts. Those qualities combined to form one heck of a power couple that lasted six years in Dallas and helped rebuild the franchise. Though the two parted ways, they remained bros. Recently, they sat down for a documentary to wonder 'What if?' to which Nowitzki replied, "It would have been a hell of a time, though, I know that."
The "I'll forgive your clothing choices" Bromance: Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook
It was tough when they lost fellow bro James Harden to free agency, but Durant and Westbrook powered through. They may argue at times, but as Durant demonstrated in his MVP speech this season, there's nothing but brove (bro love) between the pair.
The "Brothers from the Same Mother" Bromance: The Gronk Brothers
Perhaps the bro-iest of all bros, the Gronkowski brothers know how to have a good time. Dan, Gordie, Rob, Chris and Glenn (not pictured) all seem to love taking their shirts off, partying by a pool and just being awesome. It's only a matter of time before we are all infected with the Gronk (though you won't see this person complaining).
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The Friends in High Places Bromance: Tiger Woods & Roger Federer
When you're as rich as Tiger Woods and Roger Federer, you're bound to have a lot in common. Both of them constantly rank among the highest-earning athletes, and have even starred in a few endorsements together. While there were rumors the bromance fizzled out during Tiger’s divorce, those rumors were put to bed after Tiger attended Federer's Wimbledon win in 2012. Must be nice to be that rich.
The "I'm man enough to cry in front of you" Bromance: Bubba Watson & Rickie Fowler
It's nothing but fun and games between this duo. Well, that and a few tears. The goofballs' bromance blossomed after Watson and Fowler were paired up at a tournament during Fowler's rookie season. When Watson won his first green jacket at Augusta, Fowler lent him a shoulder to cry on. And a special shoutout goes to the rest of the Golf Boys, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan. You both are bros in spirit.
The Annoying Little Brother Bromance: Adrian Beltre & Elvis Andrus
Rangers' third baseman Adrian Beltre does not like people touching his head. Teammate Elvis Andrus uses that knowledge to his advantage.
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The "All I Do Is Win, Win, Win" Bromance: Tom Brady & Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick is a hard man to crack, but there is something about Tom Brady that makes him (occasionally) smile. Brady has won more than 150 games for Belichick and three Super Bowl rings. Yeah, that would warm the heart of any grinch.
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The Celeb Cameo Bromance: Johnny Manziel & Drake
Drake has been accused of being a bandwagon fan to multiple sports teams, but he's never been shy of showing his love for Johnny Manziel (once the Heisman winner became a household name). Manziel has so much love for Drake, he tattoo his record label 'OVO' on his wrist before the two even met. It's a good thing the rapper wasn't a jerk because, otherwise, that could've been awkward. Photo: Instagram.com/JManziel2
The Honorary Bromance: Alex Morgan & Sydney Leroux
While the U.S. Women's Soccer stars may not be bros, they do have a bro-esque friendship going on. They love attending social gatherings, relaxing in their bikinis and taking selfies. With them, everyday is like Halloween!
The "We Good?" Bromance: Derek Jeter & Alex Rodriguez
Everything on the surface appeared that Jeter and A-Rod had the perfect bromance. They were both top athletes, making top money, on one of the MLB's top teams. Then steroid allegations finally caught up with A-Rod, and he accepted his one-year suspension. So, where does that leave this bromance? Is Jeter embarrassed to be associated with a cheater? Does he forgive? There's a lot about this relationship that we don't know and much more we probably never will.
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The "Only Because Our Significant Others Are Related" Bromance: John Cena & Daniel Bryan
John Cena is dating Nikki Bella of the WWE's Bella Twins. Daniel Bryan is married to Brie Bella of the WWE's Bella Twins. So basically, they have to be bros.
Frenemies Bromance: Shaq & Charles Barkley
It's always a competition between Shaq and Charles Barkley. The two laugh it up on their NBA pre and postgame show, but there's always a battle over who can tell the funniest joke, mocking the other. They battle in "Shirt-Offs" and MMA fights. They even battled during their playing days. But at the end of if all, they're bros.
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The "Old as Dirt" Bromance: Tim Duncan & Gregg Popovich
The duo has been working together since 1997, but they still keep up with the young guns of the NBA. They have always respected each other, and it shows on-and-off the court. Honestly, it would be hard not to love somebody after 17 years of winning.
The "Blame Canada" Bromance: Jay Onrait & Dan O'Toole
This broadcasting dream team came to America from Canada to anchor FOX Sports Live last year. And while they may be complete opposites (at least height-wise), they're on-air chemistry works well together.
The "You Can't Have Too Many Bromances" Bromance: LeBron James & Johnny Manziel
Manziel signed with LeBron's friend's marketing firm (once he was legally allowed). Since then, the two have starred in commercials together and sent love back-and-forth via social media. Now, would the love fest continue if Manziel decides to switch agents? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The "I'll Like You Even If Nobody Else Likes You" "We're winning now!" Bromance: Tony Romo & Jason Garrett
Romo and Garrett have a rocky relationship with Cowboys Nation (and fans of the Duke Blue Devils). Prior to this year, their jobs and their ability to win had both been questioned by many over the past few seasons. While the Cowboys organization says their relationship is a good thing, some wonder whether that friendship is what gave them job security. If a bromance can't save your job, than nothing will.
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The "In Memoriam" Bromance: Aaron Rodgers & Ryan Braun
It was a nice bromance while it lasted. Green Bay's hottest stars from two different sports connected and brought joy to fans across the city. They even had a restaurant together. Then, everything fell apart. Rodgers bet a year's salary on the fact Braun was PED free. Turns out, Braun lied. There's no recovering from that kind of betrayal.
The "Pièce de résistance" Bromance: Johnny Manziel & Gronk
It was bound to happen. The two current bro-iest athletes (and multiple bromance offenders) were destined to connect, and in May, if finally happened. Manziel partied with Gronk in Vegas! All feels right in the world again.