Athletes are known to be the fiercest competitors on the planet. But every so often, their softer sides come out -- in the form of a bromance.
It's always fun to see the lighter sides to some players and peek into their personalities a bit. And sometimes, one particular teammate is all it takes for somebody to open right up.
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Below, we put together 15 of the best active bromances in all of sports. Because there's something enjoyable about taking a step back and enjoying these competitors at their mellowest.
Click through the gallery below to see our choices, and tweet us your favorite sports bromance at @AOLSports.
Best sports bromances
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker
(Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
Tom Brady and Julian Edelman
(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
David Ortiz and Koji Uehara
(Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne
(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Didi Gregorious and Starlin Castro
(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle
(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jake Arrieta and David Ross
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Drake and the Raptors
(Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tony Romo and Jason Witten
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom
(Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Adrian Beltre and Elvus Andrus
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello
(Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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