Despite what marketers and sportswriters want you to believe, professional athletes are not usually that different off the court than the general population. OK, sure, there’s the whole “millions of dollars” thing that lends itself to a different lifestyle than we live, but as people, athletes have the same different personalities and interests as anyone else.
That doesn’t stop sportswriters from treating every athlete with a unique set of skills or interests as if they were the greatest and most surprising person who ever lived. Steve Nash has political opinions! Alan Page is a judge! Amos Zereoue likes to cook! The latest example of athlete-as-human-curiosity is that of Keith Miller, a former Arena football player and current New York Met opera singer. My goodness, a retired minor league football that can sing opera? Break out the sports cliches!