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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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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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