The purpose of the present study was to gain insight into athletes’ perceptions of role acceptance. Semistructured interviews with 15 male and female intercollegiate athletes from a variety of interdependent sport teams were conducted, followed by interviews with 4 additional athletes recruited for the purpose of verification. Clear trends regarding role acceptance emerged. Athletes suggested that perceptions of leadership, team cohesion, intrateam communication, and other role-related variables influenced role acceptance. Further, the consequences of role acceptance were important in context of both the group environment and individual outcomes. Implications pertaining to role acceptance as a group construct are discussed.