Re-casting The Walking Dead with Professional Athletes
The Walking Dead: Athlete Version
In October, TV hit, The Walking Dead will return to AMC for the fourth season in a row. This drama has been a top-ranked TV show since it first appeared in 2010. When sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, he finds out that the world has been taken over by flesh-eating zombies.
Sure, this plot doesn’t sound like everyone’s cup of tea but it is a lot better than you would expect it to be. I highly doubted the show but after watching a few episodes, it was a little catchier than I thought it would be. If you haven’t checked out the series, it’s definitely worth it to check out a few episodes.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward made a cameo appearance last season as one of the zombies. Although his character lasted about five seconds, it was crazy to see how different he looked as a zombie rather than a football player.
Sure, it’s pretty easy to put a load of makeup on someone to make them look like a zombie but what if the main characters of the show were replaced with athletes? Which athletes would dominate in the movie business based off the character roles? It’s not that easy to think of to be honest, but I did the best I could do to replace the roles of the main characters.
If you haven’t caught up on season three, you may want to start watching soon as the fourth season is just right around the corner. LeBron James was also featured in the Re-Casting of The Game of Thrones article. Can you guess which character he would be in The Walking Dead? It should be pretty obvious if you watch the slow but checkout the next few slides and see what you think!
Lori Grimes- Tim Tebow
The character that no one liked finally was killed off just when Tebow's career ended. You could even compare Tebow's new spot with the New England Patriots to Ghost Lori. Neither is going to work out but it is still going to get shoved down your throat.
Hershel Greene- Peyton Manning
The old veteran who has had to come to terms with a new world. Hershel finally realizing that the zombies were a plague was like Manning headed to the Denver Broncos. Both had to let go of significant parts of themselves in order to advance in the new era.
Carol Peletier- Miguel Cabrera
This is a bit of a stretch but Carol seems to fade into the background, even if she is bringing stuff to the table. Cabrera is always bringing stuff to the table but he's talked about less than any of the other athletes on this list and that's not a good thing.
Carl Grimes- Dwight Howard
When Carl first started out, he was always causing more trouble than he was worth. Unlike Carl, I don't see Howard morphing into one of the most edgy and interesting characters in the NBA, especially after his recent trade to the Houston Rockets.
Rick Grimes- LeBron James
This is the lead dog in the show. Although some people have issues with him, you know that he's going to be getting the most air time and the biggest storylines.
Daryl Dixon- Kevin Durant
The second in command and a guy that is almost universally liked. Seems to fit Durant well as people like him better than LeBron, but he just can't lead the series. This is the same dynamic as Daryl and Rick.
Maggie Greene- Maria Sharapova
The dominant female character of the show and the dominant female athlete right now. She has been at the top of the league for almost eight years now.
The Governor- Aaron Hernandez
Not sure we need to explain this but the crazy dude who comes off one way and acts another sums up both of these people.
Tyreese- Yasiel Puig
The new guy on the block that everyone is fawning over. Puig is taking baseball storm while Walking Dead fans are waiting for Tyreese to dominate some future episodes.
Glenn Rhee- Nate Robinson
The perfect utility guy on the show and one of the best bench players in basketball. You don't want Glenn to lead too much, just like too much Nate can be a bad thing. Both guys have some oddities that make the fans appreciate what they bring to the table.