Interesting Facts about Athletes
Trivia always comes in handy; you might not enjoy the game itself but it is often fun and interesting facts about the players that first get you hooked. To celebrate these funny and (at certain times) odd facts about athletes, we have compiled a list of the top 15 weird and interesting facts about athletes.
But then again, trivia is a subjective thing and you may not find some things on our list particularly amusing… So beware, you have been warned!
Hidden and Interesting Facts about Athletes
#15- Robert Griffith- American Football
Here’s one that’s guaranteed to make you feel old… Did you know that Robert Griffith III, the NFL quarterback for the Redskins was actually born in the 90s? Blimey, we didn’t. If that doesn’t make matters worse, the player one place ahead of Griffith; Andrew Luck was born in December 1989. It appears that all good players in the NFL are much younger than we thought.
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#14- Steven Stamkos-Hockey
From hocking beef to professional hockey, Steven Stamkos has what can rightly be considered the wildest deviation from one career to another. Before being the star player for Tampa Bay Lightning, Stamkos worked as steak salesman at a market in Markham.
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#13- Ray Allen- Tennis
While he is famous for being the guard for Miami Heat, some of his lesser known career highlights are ones aside from tennis. He starred in “He Got Game”, directed by Spike Lee. He also plays the piano quite well and is an avid collector of art too; the Seattle Times snidely referred to him as the “Ray-naissance Man” in 2007.
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#12- Steve Smith- Rugby
Playing for the Carolina Panthers, wide receiver Steve Smith is a burly man who is known for being tough on the field. Fans would be surprised to learn that this hefty receiver has quite a soft personality. His favorite show to date remains “I Love Lucy”, a show he was astonished to find was actually recorded black and white; Smith didn’t have a color television until he was a teenager and had always assumed the show was in color.
#11- Dustin Pedroia- Baseball
Dustin Pedroia was second baseman for the Boston Red Sox. While he was a baseball fanatic, he could also be seen enjoying friendly games of Cribbage with Francona; a feat he religiously repeated every day! We could never believe he spent as much time playing a game as boring as cribbage when he could be starring in a baseball match.
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#10- Cole Hamels- Baseball
Cole Hamels was a famous pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the first strikeout of his career at the majors happened against Ken Griffey Jr.; a player nearly everyone in professional baseball looked up to. The strikeout was so sudden and unexpected that Hamels later described the experience as “almost like a videogame”. That’s a funny way of putting it Cole… and you WON that videogame.
#9- Yasiel Puig- Baseball
One of the funniest cock-ups often relived in the Los Angeles Dodgers changing rooms is that of Yasiel Luig. Once, while playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Puig was acting as a designated driver. He got arrested for reckless driving, and speeding; going in excess of 100MPH in a 50MPH zone. Lack of driving insurance only added to his embarrassment.
#8- Denver Broncos- Rugby
Very few people know that Champ Bailey, the cornerback for Denver Broncos, was actually the inspiration behind “Champion”; a song by Kanye West. He is also referenced by name in Lil B’s song “Still Cookin”.
#7- Adrian Peterson- American Football
Playing for the Minnesota Viking for just over two years (his junior and senior years), Adrian Peterson scored an eye popping 54 individual touchdowns! Press clippings of the era reflect his frantic scoring demeanor and referred to him as the “Cyborg sent from Planet Football”, we couldn’t agree more.
#6- Usain Bolt- Professional Runner
He may just be ranked as the fastest Jamaican Sprinter, but fans will be surprised to know that this man can often spend entire weekends stuck at home. He apparently is a sucker for videogames and currently enjoys Call of Duty: Black Ops. We would definitely give anyone bearing his name online a benefit of the doubt, who knows… we may end up playing against the real thing!
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#5- Danica Patrick- NASCAR
Next on Interesting Facts about Athletes, Girls and engines… an unlikely but interesting combination wouldn’t you say? We LOVE Danica Patrick for being the excellent race car driver that she is; breaking the age old stereotype that all women are terrible drivers. But here’s a bummer, Danica’s mother was a petrol head too! Racers didn’t call her Captain Traction for nothing. Cars seem to be in Danica’s blood.
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#4- Chris Paul- Basketball
Talk about “Jack of many trades”! Chris Paul, who is the point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, apparently takes active interest in bowling too. He became the owner of a professional bowling team in the 2012 PBAL, and is also the spokesperson for the U.S. Bowling Congress.
#3- Miguel Cabrera- Baseball
Miguel Cabrera is a professional slugger for the Detroit Tigers, but there is a surprising soft side to him too. We were expecting Cabrera’s interest in pets to include wild and vicious dogs, but as it turns out; he and his wife own two lovely little poodles. Princess and Yorkie allegedly have an extensive wardrobe too.
#2- Metta World Peace- Basketball
Another one on Interesting Facts about Athletes, Here’s something to freak you out, if the name doesn’t. It appears that New York Knicks player MWP has a favorite food which is… Wait for it… BEANS! We do wonder sometimes whether MWP tries on purpose to freak everybody out.
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#1- Tim Duncan- Basketball
Speaking of Interesting Facts about Athletes, When it came to launching his own personal website, we knew Tim Duncan would pull something out of his sleeve. The San Antonio Spurs did just that when he revealed his website was named SlamDuncan.com … We appreciate the pun that Tim obviously intended. We feel it is safe to assume that no other player who has a website of his own could have come with a name so perfect.
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