The phrase is wildly overused in sports.
Football's renaissance man. Basketball's renaissance man. Mixed martial arts' renaissance man.
OK, maybe not the last one.
Overuse reigns. So we will steer clear of using that description of the Lakers' Pau Gasol.
But the Spaniard is a delight to interview, a man of varied interests and unfailingly polite under intense pressure from the media horde, often firing questions at him in two languages.
One of the terrific byproducts of Twitter is that the fans also get a good glimpse of Gasol's personality and his varied interests, all on display for his 1.5-million plus followers.