When your job is most people's hobby, what do you do with your spare time, frustrating paperwork?
As hilarious as that would be, the athletes we know and love (or hate) can't just be inundated by their sport; like everyone, they need other outlets to keep a level perspective on their lives. It's easy as a fan to sort of de-humanize your sports icons-- to see them as almost an appendage of their game or franchise. But your job is what you do, not who you are. Even if that job is, well, freakin' awesome.
Outside of torpedoing the Detroit Lions, Matt Millen is both a four-time Super Bowl champ and an avid woodworker/carpenter. Amar'e Stoudemire is a regular jack of all trades, having tinkered in fashion design and cooking/nutrition, and even acted in shows like Entourage. Chris Bosh has basically turned photobombing into a practicable hobby. Former NFL linebacker Chad Brown is a snake breeder, and has even gone so far as to sell the bred snakes to local pet stores. Never stop working, eh Chad?
The list is long and often quite strange. Karl Malone is now a trucker--not out of necessity, but out of desire. He has his own company but makes deliveries in the 18 wheeled monsters himself. My opening line isn't that far off from the truth, it would seem.
Hereafter sits 10 of the coolest and strangest hobbies of athletes. It makes you curious as to what other strange and hilarious usages of free time athletes have. Where's big brother when you need him?
10 Rajon Rondo -- Rollerskating
9 David Beckham -- Fencing
8 Bo Jackson -- Archery/Hunting
Bo Jackson has always been something of an enigma to sports enthusiasts-- how could someone with such incredible talent at football and such mind-boggling athleticism (set a record 4.12sec 40-yard dash at the combine, and supposedly jumped over a Volkswagon in high school) put away the pads before his career truly got underway?
7 Randy Moss -- NASCAR Racing
6 Daniel Agger -- Tattooing
5 Larry Fitzgerald -- Photography
4 Mike Tyson -- Pigeon Keeping
3 Tiger Woods -- Spearfishing
Behind all the 14 majors championships, behind all the scandal and ensuing controversy, behind all the injury troubles, lies a humble. . . Spearfisher?
2 Cristiano Ronaldo -- Bingo
1 Tim Duncan -- Dungeons and Dragons
As if I didn't like Tim Duncan enough as it was, I had to go ahead and learn he's an actual true blooded nerd. He collects swords, goes to renaissance fairs, and plays video games regularly. I mean, the guy has a Merlin tattoo. At this point, Tim Duncan holds the title of awesomest person ever. Even if awesomest isn't a word. So in between being the 'big fundamental' on the court, throwing up crisp jump-hooks and snatching rebounds since 1997, he's with his buddies, rollin' [die]20's casting cone of cold on a pack of goblins that are coming in hot on his buddy the Half-Elf Cleric. Supposedly as a rookie in the NBA he wanted his teammates to call him Merlin, but that clearly wasn't going to happen. So yes, this is for real, the nerd is strong with this one. Once, just once I want to see him put on a robe and wizard hat--and light it up on the NBA courts. Heck, let's put a long Gandalf beard on him too. I bet it would be the number one all-time shaqtin' a fool. Okay, how about this: win another title to add to your other 4, and on when Adam Silver hands you the Larry O'Brien trophy, just put a wizard hat on it and walk away. Boom.
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