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25 Elite Athletes With Unexpected Talents

Darren - November 26, 2019
Lists

25 Elite Athletes With Unexpected Talents

Darren - November 26, 2019

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7. Eve Muirhead – Bagpipes

This elite curler might be the most Scottish woman on the planet. Muirhead was a bronze medalist in Sochi and the 2013 World Champion. She has represented Team Great Britain at three separate Games. As well as being an experienced Winter Olympian, she’s a brilliant bagpiper.

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Muirhead actually owns a set of bagpipes worth close to $5000. She has appeared at four World Championships and plays at teammates’ weddings. This Scottish star is also excellent at golf. She turned down scholarships to two US colleges so that she could continue curling for Team GB.

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6. Tyron Woodley – Rapping

The former UFC welterweight champion is one of the hardest hitters on the roster. If you get punched by ‘T-Wood,’ then the chances are you’re staying down. Furthermore, he’s one of the greatest 170-pound champions of all-time with four successful defenses. In short, Woodley is a bad man.

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But he’s also got some other talents. Woodley has a serious interest in rap music and even released his own album. Unfortunately, the release of ‘Chaos Theory’ came just after losing his belt to Kamaru Usman, so it definitely didn’t help him in terms of sales.

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5. Sean Jones – Stockbroker

Jones is a former NFL defensive end who enjoyed a fantastic career. He won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1996. The two-time All-Pro also played for the Houston Oilers and the LA Raiders. While he’s definitely not the most famous former football star out there, his post-athletic career is fascinating.

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He retired to become a stockbroker and to work in real estate. However, a scandal involving his client Ebenezer Ekuban caused him to go broke. Later he counter-sued and made his money back. Jones also worked as a color commentator on FOX Sports. The man has many talents.

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4. Joe Allen – Raising Chickens

Current Leicester City manager notoriously called Joe Allen ‘the Welsh Xavi.’ Unfortunately, the current Stoke City soccer star was never able to live up to that name. He’s still a very intelligent and tidy player though, with over 50 caps for his country. However, you’d never expect his most curious talent.

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Obsessed with raising chickens, Allen adopts birds that are no longer able to lay eggs. He first became interested in the birds after his wife Lacey’s work with animal welfare. Chicken & Egg magazine has even featured him on their cover. This is one of the only times where fowl play is a good thing.

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3. Mike Tyson – Pigeon Raising

Tyson is one of combat sport’s most notorious characters. You either love him or hate him, there’s little room for middle ground. The former heavyweight champion was a force of nature in his prime. However, he’s also a convicted rapist and literally bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

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But there is a sense that in latter years Tyson is a different man. He doesn’t even hit the bag anymore because he doesn’t want to be the person he was before. One of ‘Iron Mike’s’ most eclectic interests is raising pigeons. His passion for the birds even morphed into a TV show.

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2. Sean Avery – Fashion Designer

One of hockey’s most volatile and divisive personalities, Avery is also a fashion designer. His interest in the industry is so great that he actually did an internship with Vogue. Avery has also worked with a number of creative and advertising companies. This man is truly an artistic soul.

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However, on the ice, he was a different man altogether. Avery could not avoid controversy and regularly put his foot in his mouth. He even has a rule named after him after blatant unsportsmanlike behavior. He finished his 12-year career with a total of 90 goals, 247 points and 1,533 penalty minutes in 580 games.

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1. Manny Pacquaio – Basketball

Pacquaio is one of the most famous boxers on the planet. Revered in his home country, the Filipino is the only eight-weight world champion in the history of the sport. He’s an all-action fighter and has beaten 22 world champions throughout the course of his career. But did you know that he’s also a professional basketball player?

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That’s right, Pacquaio has played in the Philippines Basketball League, where he was the player-coach of Kia Motors Basketball Team. He used the sport as a form of cross-training to keep fit and played for four years in the PBA. Finally, he retired from professional basketball in 2018. Meanwhile, he’s also serving as a senator in his country.

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