15 Professional Athletes Who Shouldn’t Be in Commercials Anymore

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15 Athletes Who Need to Stop Doing Commercials

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This is one of those lists you'll look at and agree with some, while disagreeing with others. 15 athletes who need to stop doing commercials is one that can relate to everyone.

Ever see a bad athlete commercial and think to yourself, "wow, what was he/she thinking?" I'm here to put that list of bad commercials together. Some commercials are just flat-out embarrassing while others are just bad because the athlete has been underperforming, and making a commercial should be their last priority.

I do have a couple of former athletes on this show that desperately need to stay out of the spotlight because either their commercials are awful, or we are just sick of them.

There are some athletes in commercials that excel at what they do and could end up with movie careers one day. While Shaquille O'Neal is one of the best NBA players of all-time, some of his commercials are questionable, but he has such a great personality that makes him star-worthy. He's earned spots on NBA pre-game and post-game shows on TNT as well as a movie role in the upcoming Grown Ups 2 film.

Charles Barkley is on the same page as Shaq because of his funny and likeable personality. He's been seen in multiple commercials since his playing days have ended and nobody's complaining.

Peyton Manning has been one of the best athletes to appear in commercials. He's been in what seems like a million commercials as the spokesperson for certain products and just promoting others. Manning is one of the funniest athletes out there as well, as he shows his humor in different ways, even appearing on Saturday Night Live.

Back to the real discussion. Here are 15 athletes who should seriously consider resigning from the commercial world.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Tom Brady

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When I first saw his commercial for man Uggs, I was slightly confused. Bad move, Tom Brady. Stick to football.

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Blake Griffin

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His Kia commercials were funny at first, but seeing them on TV all day is just not what anyone wants. He's had other bad commercials too. It's too bad Blake Griffin has such a good personality, his commercials just get overplayed.

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Danica Patrick

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She changed the racing landscape by being a woman competing in a predominantly-male sport. Danica Patrick also appears in GoDaddy.com commercials and while some people already know the site is for starting your own website, not too many people understand it. While the content of the commercial isn't her fault, she should choose better ads.

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Eli Manning

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While I really like Eli Manning as a person and a player, his commercials just don't stack up to his brother's.

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Dwight Howard

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I think I speak for everyone when I say this: Dwight Howard has turned into a punk. Pretty sure people are just sick of seeing his face and hearing about him crying like a baby. In fact, this Addidas commercial portrays that crying perfectly.

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Brett Favre

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Oh, gosh. Not that Wrangler jeans commercial again that makes Brett Favre look like some sort of rugged country man. Well, I don't know what he does in his free time, but I'm pretty sure it's not playing mud football with a group of random guys. I know he's not technically a professional athlete still, but he could change his mind at any given time.

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Michael Jordan

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Ah, the dreaded and overplayed Hanes commercials with Michael Jordan. Sure, he's not still an athlete, but he's connected to the sports world nonetheless. His one-word responses in these commercials are just not cutting it for me. Oh, and that 'stache? Come on, Mike.

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Alex Ovechkin

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As one of the lesser-known commercials on this list, Alex Ovechkin's Eastern Motors ad was one for the ages. I don't mind that he has a heavy accent, but he's not even trying. This is pretty bad for the NHL's MVP.

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Clay Matthews

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The Clay Matthews Fathead commercial was just frightening and confusing. Take a look at how one of the best linebackers in the NFL looks in commercials.

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Kevin Durant

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One of the superstars of the NBA, Kevin Durant should stick to playing basketball. His commercials are average and his movie Thunderstruck was even worse.

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Greg Jennings

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I think they're really funny commercials. Greg Jennings appearing in Old Spice ads is not something I'm against, but not playing much in 2012 and then slapping his old team the Green Bay Packers in the face, leaving for divisional foe, the Minnesota Vikings -- yeah, not so fond of the guy.

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LeBron James

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Never been a huge fan of LeBron James? This commercial is for you, then. It makes him seem pretty cocky and arrogant. Not his best look -- well, maybe it's his only look.

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Ryan Lochte

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Ryan Lochte is not exactly the brightest bulb in the box, but the Olympic gold medal swimmer is an American hero. It's hard to put him on this list, but wow, his personality scares me.

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Troy Polamalu

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Troy Polamalu's Head & Shoulders commercials are just plain odd. Here's another odd one I found to add to that list.

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Josh Hamilton

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It's just sad that Josh Hamilton had to start the 2013 season so poorly and lose the respect of Texas Rangers' fans after the 2012 season. However, if you're going to be in commercials, make sure you perform on the field first.


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  • Isaac Comelli

    Ugh. Brett Favre’s jeans commercials were so dumb.
    I loved the Greg Jennings one where he did a push up with a jet ski on his back though haha

  • Glen

    If you get that confused by some of these ads I think it says more about you than the ads themselves. Also I hope they never stop making those Danica Patrick commercials. The woman is hot, and she knows it. Keep up the good work, Danica.