Athletes Reveal Who They Idolized Growing Up

Athletes | 4/17/19

Young athletes with high aspirations live their lives a particular type of way. Sure, you can achieve greatness on your own or with little help from others, but there’s one crucial aspect you can’t forget about the journey to the top. Everyone needs a jolt of inspiration now and then. That helps explain why many of the best professional athletes idolized some equally sensational players while they were growing up. Read on to learn who your favorite athletes admire the most.

Troy Tulowitzki Admired Derek Jeter

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Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images
Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

While Derek Jeter undoubtedly looked up to players while grew up, he now has many fans that admire him. Someone who definitely does is Troy Tulowitzki. The shortstop admitted Jeter was his hero while he played with the Colorado Rockies.

“Ever since I’ve known this game from a kid, Derek was always in it,” Tulowitzki said. “Watching him, playing against him, trying to be like him, it’s always been in the game for me.” He also wears number two, thanks to you know who.