Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman are both Stanford grads, but they share much more than an alma mater.
While Sherman is sarcastic and Baldwin feisty, both players are quick-witted and vocal about their game and the league. In a press conference in 2014, they mocked the NFL’s media policies — using a cardboard cutout of Baldwin:
Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times profiled the pair’s friendship in 2015 (in it, Sherman’s mother, Beverly, says she cheers for her two “sons” at every Seahawks game).
Sherman also came to Baldwin’s defense during the Seahawks 2013-14 season, when (leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII) ESPN analyst Cris Carter called the Seahawks’ wide receiving corps “appetizers.”
Baldwin went on to have five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
“Our receivers were called pedestrian and appetizers,” Sherman said after the game. “I think if anybody took a bite of them, they’d be pretty full.”
Robinson Cano and Dae-Ho Lee
Is there anything more beautiful than a burgeoning best-friendship?
Second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Dae-ho Lee aren’t just making a big impact on the revamped Mariners squad — they also seem to be making an impact on each other.
Their fun friendship has been shared through several Tweets.
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki
It might be strange for fans to see two competitors at the peak of their careers share such a close friendship outside of their sport — but it’s not strange at all for tennis stars Serena Williams and Carolina Wozniacki.
“[Caroline] is one of my true friends that will tell me the truth no matter what,” Williams told CNN. “Because she doesn’t have anything to gain or to lose, and that’s what I love about her.”
In an interview with Vogue, the duo shared a story of support after Wozniacki’s then-fiance, Rory McIlroy, broke off their engagement.
“I kept calling,” said Williams.
“So I thought, OK,” said Wozniacki. “I better answer the phone. And I am so glad I did. [Williams] wasn’t pitying me, like a lot of people were… she was really there for me when I needed her the most, and that’s why I think our friendship is so strong now.”
Lebron James and Dwyane Wade
Some NBA fans might have a (weird) problem with LeBron James and Dwyane wade being best friends, but we love these two.
“If we played ‘The Newlywed Game,'” Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, told ESPN. “I don’t know if I’d have more information on my husband than Bron would.”
The two became friends in 2003, when they met at a NBA pre-draft camp. While they’ve played both on the same team (Miami Heat) and on opposing teams, the two have never let their friendship interfere with their competitiveness.
“The biggest misconception, for myself and LeBron, is that we can’t compete against each other because we’re friends,” Wade told ESPN.
Like any pair of friends, the two also can’t resist a jab. Asked by Kelly Ripa who the cheapest player in the NBA is, Wade didn’t hesitate.
“LeBron,” he said.
Happy G-day to my brother @dwyanewade! It's just not enough words that I could put on this that would even come close to what u mean to me homie! Been love from day 1, in between and for eternity. I always got your back no matter if I'm right next to you or a plane ride away(then which I'd get on). From Akron to Miami and back I'm here whenever needed brother! Enjoy your day. 1 Love. #BrotherHood
Despite the fact that Wade recently agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, James told USA Today earlier this year that he hopes he can once again play on a team with his friend.
“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together. At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
We wouldn’t mind seeing that, either.