The best athlete-fan interactions in sports history
LeBron James & #Squad
During a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James took a selfie with a group of kids sitting nearby. A photo with the King? That's one way to get fans to go to preseason games.
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J.J. Watt & the kissing bandit
J.J. Watt has many fan encounters that could go on this list, but this spot is reserved for the time a small fan stole a kiss from her favorite Houston Texans player.
Drew Brees & Ellen Degeneres
Years ago, one friend created a cardboard cutout of a another friend so he wouldn't miss anything while deployed overseas. Years later, the other friend returned the favor. In honor of their frienship, Brees and Ellen Degeneres got together to give these New Orleans Saints fans an unforgettable experience.
Andrew McCutchen & 'I love you' fans
The Pittsburgh Pirates star has probably given away his gear many times in the past, but the reaction from these two young fans during the 2015 season is what makes this moment stand out.
Edmonton Oilers & Spider-Mable
Spider-Mable dreamed of being a superhero for one day, and it just so happened Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference needed saving after being captured from an evil villain.
Cam Newton & Elijah Hughes
Cam Newton surprised a town in North Carolina to help celebrate Halloween early with a fan named Elijah. And as an added bonus, he brought along an ice cream truck and brownies.
Arian Foster & the confused, but well-intended Twitter follower
Arian Foster was quick to rectify a Twitter follwer's mistake after she took and posted a photo of a guy she thought was Foster but it actually wasn't the Houston Texans running back.
Todd Frazier & Teddy Kremer
When Cincinnati Reds batboy Teddy Kremer asked star Todd Frazier to hit a home run, Frazier did just that. And the celebration afterward compltely melted everyone's heart.
Nebraska Cornhuskers & #TeamJack
The Nebraska football team was inspired by Jack Hoffman and during its 2013 spring game, the country got to be inspired by the 7-year old battling cancer, too.
Steph Curry & Taliq Davis
NBA MVP Steph Curry is #TeamTaliq, a 10-year-old boy battling inoperable brain cancer.
Lionel Messi & 'You got that, right?'
Like Andrew McCutchen's encounter earlier on this list, it's not the action that stands out, it's the reaction. Lionel Messi greeted some young fans during a stop in Houston, Texas and as he walks away, the guys start freaking out having tried to keep their cool when the soccer star was around.
Melvin Upton Jr. & the good samaritan
See, not everybody on Twitter is a #hater. Melvin Upton, Jr. lost his wallet and Twitter came to the rescue.
Tim Tebow & Nathaniel
It's been six years since Tim Tebow's final year playing at the University of Florida, but he's still a big deal for Gator fans. Just ask this kid that broke down when Tebow paid him a visit in the hospital.
Matt Kemp & Joshua Jones
What started out as a simple request, 'Can you come over and say hello to my son?', turned into a beautiful friendship during the 2013 season between then-Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp and terminally ill fan Joshua Jones.
Cristiano Ronaldo & Dawid Pawlaczyk
Dawid Pawlaczyk was a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan, so his family played Ronaldo's games while Pawlaczyk was in a coma after being struck by a car. Coincidentally, Pawlaczyk woke up on the same day Ronaldo won a World Cup qualifier for Spain.
Vancouver Canucks & the Green Men
The Green Men may not be as heartwarming as some of the other moments on this list, but they definitely get a vote for most entertaining.
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Arkansas Razorbacks & Canaan Sandy
Canaan Sandy is so dedicated to his Hogs, he travels often to watch the basketball, baseball and football teams play. Sandy got to show off his own football skills by scoring a touchdown during Arkansas' 2014 spring game.
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Matt Cain & Batkid
San Francisco loves its Giants, but during the fall of 2013, it was Batkid that had the city's heart. Then 5-year-old Miles Scott scoured the city fighting crime as a part of his Make-A-Wish day. Scott inspired Cain so much, he pledged $50,000 to the Make-A-Wish program.
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Daniel Bryan & Connor 'The Crusher' Michalek
Unfortuntely, Conner 'The Crusher' succumbed to cancer, but during Daniel Bryan's 2015 Hall-of-Fame speech, it was clear the superfan had left an impression on not only the wrestler but the entire WWE Universe.
Bryce Harper & the #Selfie
Before a game, Bryce Harper noticed some fans trying to take a selfie with him in the background, so the Washington Nationals slugger took it upon himself to take a picture of, well, himself.
Adreian Payne & Lacey Holsworth
After a visit to the local children's hospital, the Michigan State big man and the pint-sized princess became instant friends. The two often referred to each other as brother and sis. Princess Lacey even escortered Payne onto the court during his senior day. When Holsworth died of cancer, Payne and the entire Spartan community held a special tribute to honor her.
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Clint Dempsey & the popcorn fan
All it took was a little popcorn for this pint-sized fan to score an awesome memento to cherish for the rest of his life.
Kansas Jayhawks & Bryan Sperry
After convincing everyone he could still play, Bryan Sperry, an 89-year-old WW2 veteran, ran for a touchdown in a Kansas Jayhawks alumni flag football game.
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J.R. Smith & Brad Hennefer
J.R. Smith and Brad Hennefer bond over golf. Hennefer often participates at Smith's annual tournament, but nobody takes it easy on him. Hennefer is a gold-medal winning golfer at the Special Olympics and lettered in two sports in high school.
Lou Gehrig & New York Yankee fans
It was 'Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day' for the New York Yankees, and it was the fans' love and encouragement that prompted the infamous 'Luckiest Man Alive' speech.
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WWE & Breast cancer survivors
John Cena, Roman Reigns and the WWE proved their committment to ending breast cancer by hosting survivors and raising funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation.