Athletes Who Love America

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterJuly 3, 2014

Athletes Who Love America

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    The United States' World Cup run is over, but what better reason is there to keep stoking that Stars and Stripes fervor than the anniversary of America's independence? 

    The Fourth of July, like the World Cup and Olympic Games, is the one occasion when it's socially acceptable to gird your loins with Old Glory (well...in an image of the flag, not the actual flag) and get ripped with family, friends and neighbors.
    Patriotism is essentially the act of rooting for Team America, so patriotism and sports are an awesome combination. 

    And with the exception of men's soccer, being a fan of Team America usually means being the fan of a champion.

    American athletes, like a lot of us, showed their patriotic side during the World Cup by decking themselves out in flag swag and posting pics on Instagram. 

    These athletes love America—and if you begin to hear a faint chant of "USA, USA, USA!..." in your head, don't try to fight it...join in.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

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    Instagram ID: @jonathanstewar1

    Caption: Happy 4th everyone #thankful 

Ryan Lochte, Olympic Swimmer

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    Instagram ID: ryanlochte 

    Caption: Proud to be All-American in #mycalvins, and honored to partner with @CalvinKlein @Macys #americanicons 

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

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    Instagram ID: @royhibbert55

    Caption: Team America…… Yea. U know the song. Working out in these today. Feeling patriotic. 

Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans

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    Instagram ID: @wooddro52

    Caption: Happy 4th!!! @mrsvdoubleu @jessicamari @lisa_alli @de_s @britt_m_hall #Notty 

Heather McPhie, Freestyle Moguls Skier

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    Instagram ID: @heathermcphie 

    Caption: @ilanared found a great coat today during my photo shoot with Red Bull…of course I put it on! 

Chris Myers, Houston Texans

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    Instagram ID: @cmyers55

    Caption: #USA @jmyers03 @torlovsky3 @calbright14 @leahalbright

Paula Creamer, LPGA

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    Instagram ID: @paulacreamer1

    Caption: [No caption]

Ahmad Black, NFL Free Agent

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    Instagram ID: @ahmadblack3535

    Caption: #rp…me and my favorite white boy @gobig3

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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    Instagram ID: @carmeloanthony 

    Caption: [No caption]

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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    Instagram ID: @rlcobb18

    Caption: “They even talk about your baby crazy” 

Greg Bretz, Snowboarder

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    Instagram ID: @gregbretzz 

    Caption: Leaving mammoth for Sochi tomorrow. Had to make sure my house was patriotic before I left. 

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    Instagram ID: @thoroughbred_fred

    Caption: Captain American was able to make it out to Georgetown hospital gain this year was able to find a mini me

Sean Avery, Retired NHLer

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    Instagram ID: @imseanavery

    Caption: [No caption]

B.W. Webb, Dallas Cowboys

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    Instagram ID: @ohgi_3dawg3

    Caption: Outfit from last night! Told y’all I’m bringing onesies back!! #privae #dallas #olympic6 #carmine6 #kicks0l0gy #nicekicks #solecollector #kicksonfire #kickstagram #wdwtd #kotd 

Donte Stallworth, Retired NFLer

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    Instagram ID: @dontestallworth

    Caption: I found the section with all the American flag attire! 

Heather Mitts, Retired Soccer Player

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    Instagram ID: @hmitts2

    Caption: #worldcup #tbt

Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions

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    Instagram ID: @ndamukong_suh

    Caption: For the love #Soccer!!! I owe my athletic ability to the sport of #FUTBOL! Thanks @NikeSoccer for letting me be apart of this! #FamilySport #Nike #Gooooal!!!!

McKayla Maroney, Gymnast

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    Instagram ID: @mckaylamaroney

    Caption: [No Caption]

Mark Herzlich, New York Giants

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    Instagram ID: @markherzlich

    Caption: Headed to #theSquire for some lunch with @anthonycastonzo July 4th all weekend #Merica*$#*Ya

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Instagram ID: @easymoneysniper

    Caption: #USA supporting at the gold medal soccer game

Mike Davis, University of South Carolina

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    Instagram ID: @mike28davis

    Caption: Me and @itsyoung4_2 last night

Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skier

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    Instagram ID: @lindseyvonn

    Caption: Happy 4th of July!! I’m in Austria now for training so it’s not the same as being home but oh well. Be safe everyone! #independenceday #tbt

Jason Barnes, Toronto Argonauts

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    Instagram ID: @jaybarnes81

    Caption: Game day apparel. Happy 4th yall. #ImportWideOuts #Repost @mrinman11 @chadowens2 #Argos 

Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skier

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    Instagram ID: @juliamancuso 

    Caption: In Torino, I got a gold ring, I won gold gold! In Vancouver I got a silver shirt, I won silvers! In Sochi, Mom gave me a bronze dress (she thought it was gold), I won bronze. Last #sochieselfie #sochi2014 #Olympics woohoo! 

Nathan Stupar, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Instagram ID: @thenastynate54

    Caption: AMERICA…#usavspor 

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Instagram ID: @puigyasiel

    Caption: Mi amigo de Cuba ahora aquí en my house

Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams

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    Instagram ID: @kennybritt18

    Caption: And den I hit dem wit the #yeet

The Rock, WWE

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    Instagram ID: @therock

    Caption: I looked cool for a minute til the wind stopped. Proudly draped in old glory. THANK YOU, to all our US veterans. (and my SEAL family - love you both sumbitches). #SurroundedByFreedom 

Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts

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    Instagram ID: @21vdavis

    Caption: Sink Hole life w/ Wifey @meg_harpe 

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxer

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    Instagram ID: @floydmayweather 

    Caption: #throwback Representing the red, white & blue in the Olympics.

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

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    Instagram ID: @justinjames99

    Caption: [No caption]

Sydney Leroux, U.S. Women’s Soccer

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    Instagram ID: @sydneyleroux

    Caption: We believe! 

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

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    Instagram ID: @rtannehill17

    Caption: #merica #usa 

Charlie Villanueva, NBA Free Agent

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    Instagram ID: @cvbelieve

    Caption: But first let me take selfie. #cvbelieve 

Tavarres King, Carolina Panthers

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    Instagram ID: @tkunodos 

    Caption: Tilted! @tiltedaxisclothing

Parker Kligerman, NASCAR

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    Instagram ID: @pkligerman 

    Caption: I’m getting read to head out of the @nootelligence offices! It’s going down! #USAalltheway #USA #nootropics 

Nick Robey, Buffalo Bills

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    Instagram ID: @92nick 

    Caption: RDR

Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets

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    Instagram ID: @chandlerparsons

    Caption: Happy 4th of July. #Basketballneverstops 

John Malecki, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Instagram ID: @maleck74

    Caption: Collaborated some #USA cornhole boards with @baron_batch for the #worldcup2014 victory yesterday. #merica 

Bud Cauley, PGA Golfer

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    Instagram ID: budcauley

    Caption: who’s ready for the us soccer game tmrw? @captjaglee88 and i are #america 

Meghan Hardin, Golfer

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    Instagram ID: @marghanahardin

    Caption: Stars & Stripes Forever. #happy4th #redwhiteandblue 

Devin Hester, Atlanta Falcons

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    Instagram ID: @devin_d_hester23

    Caption: What people do for 5k

James Harden, Houston Rockets

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    Instagram ID: @jharden13

    Caption: USA!!!!!!!!!!!

Keenan Robinson, Washington Redskins

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    Instagram ID: @keenanrobinson 

    Caption: I’m more of an outdoors type

Alex Morgan, U.S. Women’s Soccer

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    Instagram ID: @alexmorgan13

    Caption: Believe!

Marcus Hanel, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Instagram ID: @markoos55

    Caption: Red, White and Blue! Yummy

Hulk Hogan, WWE

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    Instagram ID: @hulk__hogan__

    Caption: On New York streets

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

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    Instagram ID: @kingcrab15

    Caption: #coolin #nyc

Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumper

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    Instagram ID: @schendrickson

    Caption: Proud to be American. Thank you to all who have served our country. Happy Memorial Day! 

James Ihedigbo, Baltimore Ravens

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    Instagram ID: @diggz32

    Caption: Beautiful Day In #HTOWN Y’all Enjoy Ya Saturday!!!

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Instagram ID: @mikenapoli25

    Caption: [No caption]

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Instagram ID: @mikenapoli25

    Caption: Yup just hanging with bill

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Instagram ID: @mikenapoli25

    Caption: Best off day!!! Thanks to Peav and his wonderful family!! Can’t wait to go back. @southernfalls

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Instagram ID: @mikenapoli25

    Caption: J Gomes Merica