From Kevin Love to Gronk, these athletes' offseasons made us jealous

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Jealousy is not often something we encourage, but we can't help that athletes sometimes do things that make our eyes glow green with envy.

Take Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love for example. With a few months off between NBA seasons, it is no surprise that Love -- and other athletes, as you'll see -- are partaking in rest and relaxation.

His Instagram makes him one of the most well-traveled dudes in the league right now. In April, He started off in Thailand and then it was on to Miami before heading off to Harvard Business School. He and his girlfriend went to the Grand Canyon in June, and then flew in a hot air balloon above Utah. Love jetted off to Canada, taking in sights in British Columbia and Whistler in July. Then, of course, he went to Montauk, as you do.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma might have said it best:

So yes, jealousy rules do not apply when it comes to how we feel about Love's Summer 2K19. And that got us thinking about other summers we are envious of ...

The Banana Boat, 2015

A photo that will live in NBA infamy: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul on a banana boat together. Bless TMZ for finding this BFF squad down in the Bahamas and giving us this image. Hang it in the Louvre.

There was a rumor swirling in 2018 where the four friends (Carmelo Anthony successfully avoided the banana boat photo) might have reunited down in Miami -- we laid out all the possibilities there for you -- but the moment sailed away. See what we did there?

Greg Olsen, 2016

The Carolina Panthers' tight end enjoyed time away from the football field after his team lost in Super Bowl 50. To start, he said goodbye to his playoff beard.

Then, he played a round at the Wells Fargo Pro-Am at Quail Hollow Club with teammate Luke Kuechly, who served as his caddie. And it went pretty well for him.

"I didn't expect to come out here and fire at pins," Olsen said after the final hole. "I just didn't want to embarrass myself. I think I accomplished that."

Then it was on to Comedy Central with other NFL stars Vernon Davis, Tommy Bohanon and former New York Giant Michael Strahan on "Inside Amy Schumer."

Olsen then drove the Toyota Camry pace car before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that May.

Guess all that action paid off. Olsen was selected to play in the Pro Bowl later that season.

Serena Williams, 2016

Who among us doesn't love to bust a move? Who among us doesn't love to bust a move? The GOAT does, too.

Williams danced her way into one of the most iconic music videos of all time, twerking in Beyonce's "Sorry" in 2016.

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner also danced her heart out in a minute-long music video for Delta Airlines that September.

Oh, to be as cool as Serena.

Rob Gronkowski, 2016

Ah, Gronk. The former New England Patriots tight end is well known for being one of the wildest dudes on and off the football field.

The Patriots did fail to reach Super Bowl 50 after winning Super Bowl XLIX, so it's possible Gronk was just trying to forget that feeling. All we know as a result is that Offseason 2016 is forever known as the "Summer of Gronk."

To kickstart, he and his family hosted a three-day cruise called "Gronk's Party Ship" in February 2016.

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Later in April, he tried his hand at acting when he joined the Miami Police Department for a promotional video.

Fans were also thrilled when Gronk took the stage with Paul McCartney during McCartney's concert at Fenway Park, rocking out to "Helter Skelter."

A few days later, Gronk brought his heater to the mound of the Boston Red Sox, throwing out the first pitch in a July 2016 game.

The "Summer of Gronk" might have worked for him, as the Pats came back and won Super Bowl LI the following season.


After a loss in Super Bowl LII, Gronk had another unreal 2018 offseason. Notice a theme here?

One of the first stops on his offseason tour was Miami in March, where he had a dance-off with Shaquille O'Neal at "Shaq's Fun House," a wild music festival held by the former NBA star.

Then, a video by Pats fan Lauren Mezio went viral after she asked Gronk to visit her in the hospital, where she had been for two months waiting for both a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. Her wish came true.

In July, Gronk made an appearance on Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" when he helped to tag a tiger shark.

And all that summer 2018 fun paid off for Gronk yet again when the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII.

Gronk retired in March 2019, but you know the fun won't stop with his football career.

University of Hawaii, 2017

The offseason doesn't always feel like an offseason for a college football player. After bowl games come spring games -- not to mention finals and additional practices and everything in between.

There are NCAA rules that limit football activity-related interactions between coaches and players throughout the entire offseason. But no rules say anything about "KnockerBall."

Juju Smith-Schuster, 2018

Kids, stay in school!

The Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver promised his mom he would go back to finish his degree, but no one really expected him to show up to USC in his full football gear!

Antonio Brown, 2018

When hip-hop mogul Drake filmed his music video for "God's Plan" in Miami, it was no surprise Brown was part of it.

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the cameo wasn't "prearranged" and that Brown, who is from Miami, "scheduled it on his own."

In the six-minute video released in February 2018, Drake gives away nearly $1 million to people and organizations in the Miami area. Brown makes his cameo in a mall -- dancing, of course -- as Drake gives a very lucky fan a $10,000 shopping spree.

Brown posted some behind-the-scenes footage on Twitter.

As you know, AB has had a very different kind of offseason this year, but there are high hopes for his first season as an Oakland Raider.

Alex Ovechkin (and the Caps), 2018

Ovechkin helped bring the Washington Capitals their first Stanley Cup in 2018.

And boy, Ovi and the Caps had some fun partying after. They took the Cup all around Washington D.C., interacting with fans, splashing in the waterfront and doing keg stands.

But Ovi's great offseason didn't stop with the Cup celebrations. He and his wife, Nastya Ovechkina, welcomed their first child, Sergei Aleksandrovich Ovechkin, in August.

Jimmie Johnson, 2018

The 2018 NASCAR season was not a good one for Johnson. He didn't win a single race.

His offseason, however ... This video of Johnson driving a Formula One car for the first time gives us all the thrills.

Andy Reid, 2019

You know what is good? Food. And the Kansas City Chiefs' head coach knows that's the truth. When asked if he did anything fun or exotic over the offseason, his response was epic:

Same, Andy. Same.