December 08, 2010
His endorsement deal with UGGs may not have won Tom Brady too many male fans, but it didn't have any effect on the star quarterback's status as one of the best-dressed athletes in sports.
Brady was one of 15 athletes named to Forbes' best-dressed list this week. The New England Patriots signal-caller joined Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones as the only NFL players to crack the rankings.
Tennis players placed the most athletes on the list, with Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams getting nods. The NBA had the next-best representation (three players), followed by the NFL and NHL (two each).
Of the major professional sports, only baseball was shut out from the list. That's no small feat, seeing as how equestrian had one athlete named (granted, she happens to be the daughter of Princess Caroline and is sponsored by Gucci).
Other members of the list included hockey player Sean Avery, soccer star David Beckham, golfer Luke Donald and boxer Chris Eubank, who once rocked a monocle as a fashion accessory.
Industry observers say this is a high point for athletic fashions, a sea change from the 1990s which was typified by an "over-the-top" and "gangster" sensibility. Now, athletes like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are bringing preppy back, with their cardigans and form-fitting pants.
[See also: Photos: Best celebrity bodies of 2010]
A financial magazine like Forbes making a best-dressed list may seem like it makes as much sense as Cosmopolitan naming a car of the year, but the periodical does have a respected fashion editor, so there's no need to scoff. (Except at the lack of inclusion of Ian Poulter. That guy was robbed.)
[Related: NFL spokesman of Uggs for men]
The entire list: Tom Brady (NFL), Sean Avery (NHL), David Beckham (MLS), Charlotte Casiraghi (equestrian), Baron Davis (NBA), Luke Donald (PGA), Chris Eubank (boxing), Roger Federer (tennis), LeBron James (NBA), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Dhani Jones (NFL), Henrik Lundqvist (NHL), Dwyane Wade (NBA), Venus and Serena Williams (tennis).