If there’s one thing that we appreciate more than sports on this special day, it’s love.
Valentine’s Day is a special holiday where we can honor love in every shape or form. Whether it’s romantic or not, love is always something that should be celebrated whenever we get the opportunity to witness it.
This piece will discuss some of the best love stories involving our favorite athletes. While some of these stories are of the romantic kind, it’s important to note that there are different kinds and expressions of love in the world.
Sports have provided fans with unforgettable moments that make us realize how much we love the games we watch. We hope this OKBET piece will fill you with a new-found appreciation for love and every possible expression of it.
Let’s start this article with something romantic and bombastic from the local sporting scene.
Everyone who follows the PBA knows Scottie Thompson for his excellent basketball skills. His outstanding all-around play helped him win MVP honors in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. He was also critical in pushing the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings past the Bay Area Dragons in the final.
However, his romantic life is a little messy, to put it kindly. Everyone knew how he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Pau Fajardo. However, he stunned the world when he suddenly broke off the engagement and married Jinky Serrano in a secret ceremony.
People were quick to criticize Scottie for his behavior. Some even began a witch hunt for his wife for the pain they caused Fajardo. However, she asked the public to calm down and let her heal her heartbreak in peace.
Scottie is still happily married to the social media personality. Moreover, they are expecting their first child.
We’ll move on from basketball to football. While there are plenty of love stories involving football players. However, the one we’ll be zeroing in on right now will be the whirlwind romance between the Beckhams.
They were at the top of their respective fields when they first met in a 1997 soccer charity match. David Beckham was a handsome young man who was the face of Manchester United while Victoria Adams was making pop hits with the Spice Girls.
They have been married since 1999 and remain one of the sport’s biggest power couples. They constantly gush about their partner in the media, citing how they share similar values and continue to work on their 23-year marriage.
Besides their public admiration for each other, they are also willing to help each other with their daily lives. Victoria moved homes when Beckham transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid. She also moved to Los Angeles with him when he joined the MLS.
Meanwhile, David didn’t shy away from his domestic responsibilities. Whether cooking for their four children or cleaning up after his wife, Becks was always ready to compromise for his love.
Moreover, it does help that they are one of the most beautiful couples on the planet. They still look like supermodels, even if they aren’t young anymore.
As a professional league, the NFL is a highly competitive league. Before the taunting rule was implemented, it wasn’t strange to see other players getting at it whenever they finished a strong play. Teams within the same divisions also share an air of animosity against each other.
However, there are specific moments where something so drastic can unite a league where fierce rivalries are one of its biggest selling points.
During a late-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made a rough tackle against Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. However, his chest was hit at a powerful-enough strength that affected his heart.
He collapsed on the ground. The medical team rushed to his side and immediately performed CPR. Both the Bills and Bengals were shocked at what was happening. Both teams made their way to their respective locker rooms and didn’t finish the game, as Hamlin’s fate was uncertain.
The rest of the NFL and stars from other sports sent out messages of support for the young safety. Fortunately, Hamlin was able to recover from his accident. Aside from thanking everyone who wished him well, he started working with the American Heart Association to advocate for better first-aid response.
Damar Hamlin being honored along with the men and women who saved his life ❤️
— ESPN (@espn) February 12, 2023
As mentioned earlier, plenty of love stories involve our favorite sports. While some are romantic in nature, some of the most touching moments in sports involve the loss of a beloved athlete.
The NBA had one of its toughest nights as an association when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
The league was stunned by the sudden passing of the Black Mamba. Players and coaches made tributes after news of his passing broke out. Fans went to Staples Center to pay respects to the man who played his entire professional career for the Purple and Gold.
The Lakers organized a ceremony that honored the lives of Bryant and everyone who passed during the incident.
It was a shower of love for a player who gave the game everything he had. Even though he was long gone, they wanted to show how much he meant to the city of Los Angeles and the sport in general.
These are only some of the most impactful sporting love stories we found compelling enough to list in this article. These stories affect us differently, but we believe these present love at its best.
If you have any love stories involving your favorite sports, do let us know in the comments. We’re more than happy to hear them out.