02/07/2013 12:00 pm ET

20 Athletes Who Think They're Better Than They Really Are

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the famous Teddy Roosevelt quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” TR may have penned those words at the turn of the century, but they continue to be relevant and powerful.

The 26th President forged his career in the vicious, bloodthirsty (literally) world of New York City politics, and the experience taught him that actions speak louder than words—that respect is earned, not bestowed.

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