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10 Athletes Who Tried Their Hand At Being Musicians

Celebs December 7, 2017 By Vincent

Many people have many talents, and this can apply to athletes as well who can sometimes surprise the world with their acting or writing abilities, but fewer make the leap to a musical career successfully, not that this often stops them.Some, however, do have the ability to surprise you and even fewer may pass you by without you ever realizing they did something outside of their sport. Here we take a look at a few who gave breaking the pop charts a go.

1. Ronaldinho

Although he hasn't played for a team since 2015, the legendary Brazilian soccer star hasn't officially retired yet but has still found the time to record a laid back, soft samba style song that is an obvious link to Brazil.

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We don't know much about samba at OMGLane, but we reckon this may be one of the fairer efforts on this list.

2. Caroline Wozniacki

The former world number one in women's tennis may have never won a grand slam competition in her career yet, but she has reached the final of the US Open twice and has also had a crack at the pop charts.

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It's not a great effort to be fair, with standard pop tuning, the autotune dialed right up and a weird video with odd lyrics. Maybe stick to tennis Caroline. We may be being a bit mean here since it was to raise money for the Danish and Polish Paralympic teams.

3. Mike Reid

Two All-Pro seasons with the Bengals as a defensive tackle from 1972 - 1973 wasn't really enough to make a major dent in many football fans' consciousness, but Mike Reid did go on to become a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer.

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A bonafide country music star, Reid scored a 1990 Number 1 hit with  'Walk On Faith'.

4. Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale had a solid NBA career that saw him play for 12 years averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game as well as an Olympic gold medal but he also had a decent music career to his name as well.

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An accomplished bass guitar player, he recorded eight jazz albums with one of them, "Face to Face," reaching No. 1 on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart.

5. Slaven Bilic

Croatian soccer star and former manager of his national side and West Ham football club, Slaven Bilic is a bit of a rocker and is a member of Rawbau, a Croatian rock group. In 2008, Bilic was the manager of the Croation national side and used his influence to get his band to record the official song of the team's Euro 2008 campaign.

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 Called "Vatreno ludilo" ("Fiery Madness") you see Bilic with some serious ax skills as he shreds his way through this.

6. Bernie Williams

A key player in the New York Yankees dynasty of the 90's and early 00s, Bernie Williams was a smooth swinging center fielder who turned his hand to even smoother Latin rhythms in his post-baseball career.

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A classically trained guitarist, Williams plays and composes music with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.

7. Cassius Clay

Yes, the greatest of all time recorded an album, albeit mostly spoken word, he did try his hand at a few songs in the 1960s.

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Unsurprisingly, the album is called "I Am The Greatest", and it was recorded one year before he became Muhammed Ali.

8. Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq tried his hand at almost everything after he left basketball behind including both acting and rapping. He sold a lot of albums, but critics didn't really rate him.

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His 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel, received platinum certification from the RIAA but it is seen largely as just another thing that Shaq did to boost his massive branding drive.

9. Oscar De La Hoya

A world champion boxer who won gold at the 1992 Olympics, De La Hoya went on to win ten world titles in six different weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes.

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Post boxing, he released a Grammy-nominated Latin-pop album, entitled Oscar De La Hoya, but that was the one and only release so far.

10. John McEnroe

The bad-boy of tennis always loved playing a bit of guitar and was known to strum it before matches, which may have helped keep him calm before his three Wimbledon and four US open wins.

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Playing for The Johnny Smyth Band back in the 1990s, he was even invited on stage to jam with The Pretenders.


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