In the hours after the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday night, athletes were ordinary Americans like the rest of us, reacting with joy and surprise to a truly historic event.
Nowhere was this more evident than on Twitter. Here are the top 24 Athlete Tweets about bin Laden's death in the first 24 hours after the news broke:
"So they have Bin Laden's body. Never thought we'd see the day. Figured he would be like Hitler and commit suicide or just disappear"
"We Finally Found the Hide and Go Seek Champion"
"As an adopted New Yorker, I couldn't be more proud of the men and women of our country's military for getting the job done. #USA"
"Stating the obvious: Navy Seals are studs."
"Truly touched by the comparisons of this moment to our Algeria goal but tonight trumps that by infinity, come on people! #USA #USA #USA"
"Chuck Norris and The most interesting alive banned together and got it done."
"Now that we have confirm deaths on both Bin Laden & Sadam a few yrs ago, can they bring all of out troops home now?"
"Ppl only thing that matters is that he's dead! The families that lost lives bc of bin laden dont care if it was president Obama or bush!"
"Would love to shake the hand of the man that put the bullet in Bin Laden. #hero"
"Jack Bauer defeats reigning international hide and go seek champion! #headshot let's be honest though- this is still an ongoing issue"
"Waking up to the news on Osama's death.Justice has been served after yrs of searching.As we rejoice as a country something still worries me"
"We found Waldo Aka... Bin Laden, killed by U.S. Forces in Pakistan. Body in U.S. custody. WOW FINALY"
"The principles of Islam are peace & love. Please don't confuse Osama's views as the view of Muslims."
"I remember George Busch saying this "The worse thing that can happen is Americans FORGETTING about 911".."
"I got off the plane,went in my hotel rm, turned on TV, saw all those people outside the WH and thought "did the Skins win another SB?" LOL"
"No,I feel something,like I feel it's not a time 2 celebrate,his death doesn't seem 2 heal what happened on 9/11 r the events triggered by it"
"I'm mad that they found him in a mansion though he was just chilling I'm happy he is dead caused our country a lot of pain"
"Dang I wish my walk was as smooth as Obama's lol... you can tell just by how hevwalked down the hall that he's running everything lol"
"#WoW!! Obama words are earth moving and inspiring."
"Since we caught Osama do I still have to take my laptop out at security?"