Professional athletes are our heroes. They are strong and fast and a lot of them
make obscene amounts of money. We look up to them. I guess that makes it
at least 100 times funnier when they do things that aren’t cool – like these YouTube videos:
Yes, that really is LaDanian Tomlinson. No, I don’t know why he did that. You tube claims that it is an official Nike video but I always thought he lost a bet.
L.T. isn’t the only athlete that has gone off and embarrassed himself by rapping poorly. Back when the Rams played in Los Angeles they thought this was a good idea.
They were mistaken.
Now here is one that was somehow a good idea. The 1985 Chicago Bears actually charted with this next rap. The Super Bowl Shuffle went to number 41 on the Billboard charts and this is probably the only song in this post that you know the words to.
Lest I am giving you the impression that athletes humiliating themselves has been limited to football players, I’d like to share with you what runners can do.
Carl Lewis won six gold medals in the 1980s. Then he went and did this.
I hope he didn’t quit his day job.
I know Kobe Bryant didn’t quit his day job. I think Kobe has five Championship rings and two NBA MVPs in the last 10 years. I suspect he played really, really hard so that we would all stop talking about this monstrosity.
Yeah, good old Kobe, living for basketball, beats and broads.
(Where is the emoticon for rolling my eyes when I really need it?)
I’ve got one one more and then I will let you go back to thinking professional athletes are cool again.
Did you think boxers were all brawn? Sure Oscar de la Hoya defeated 17 World Champion fighters and he won 10 world titles and a gold medal in six different weight classes, but he has a sweet side too. There is nothing quite like covering a Bee-Gees song to soften up your image.
I was going to give you some good examples, but expect for Shaq hooking up with The Fu-Schnickens for What’s Up Doc? I couldn’t come up with any. Please athletes, leave the singing and rapping to the musicians. You don’t see Jack White trying out for the NHL or Dr. Dre playing first base. It is only fair guys. You don’t have to be good at everything, and it will save me from a lot of painful ear worms.
Did we miss one? Let us know your favorite cringe sports video below.
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