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Recasting The Walking Dead With Professional Athletes

Recasting The Walking Dead With Professional Athletes

Recasting The Walking Dead With Professional Athletes
If I have to tell you there’s a “spoiler alert,” then I doubt you'd last even a day inside the walls of post-apocalyptic Alexandria — let alone the world of ‘The Walking Dead.’ But in your defense, you’re just not conditioned for the task. Our favorite TWD characters have had years of fear-based training, but us? We’re just normal everyday Joe’s and Jane’s most likely not ready to wield off a single hoard of walkers. But what about top-end professional athletes? Could you see them surviving into season 6 of ‘The Walking Dead?’
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If I have to tell you there’s a “spoiler alert,” then I doubt you'd last even a day inside the walls of post-apocalyptic Alexandria — let alone the world of ‘The Walking Dead.’ But in your defense, you’re just not conditioned for the task. Our favorite TWD characters have had years of fear-based training, but us? We’re just normal everyday Joe’s and Jane’s most likely not ready to wield off a single hoard of walkers. But what about top-end professional athletes? Could you see them surviving into season 6 of ‘The Walking Dead?’

Madison Bumgarner: Daryl Dixon

Madison Bumgarner: Daryl Dixon
If a YouTube video went viral of Madison Bumgarner destroying straw targets with a crossbow, I wouldn’t be surprised. Both Daryl Dixon and Bumgarner are just tough country boys, and we’ve enjoyed them long before getting used to their rustic flair.
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If a YouTube video went viral of Madison Bumgarner destroying straw targets with a crossbow, I wouldn’t be surprised. Both Daryl Dixon and Bumgarner are just tough country boys, and we’ve enjoyed them long before getting used to their rustic flair.

Peyton Manning: Rick Grimes

Peyton Manning: Rick Grimes
Some people think they’re no longer up to the job, that they no longer can function in crisis. But both Peyton Manning and Rick Grimes know that at least deep down, they’re still the Sheriff. Even if Manning has never successfully grown a beard.
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Some people think they’re no longer up to the job, that they no longer can function in crisis. But both Peyton Manning and Rick Grimes know that at least deep down, they’re still the Sheriff. Even if Manning has never successfully grown a beard.

Novak Djokovic: Carl Grimes

Novak Djokovic: Carl Grimes
At the rate Carl is growing, by season 6 he’ll be 6-foot-4. So I’m sticking with the Djokovic comparison.
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At the rate Carl is growing, by season 6 he’ll be 6-foot-4. So I’m sticking with the Djokovic comparison.

Mike Tyson: Morgan

Mike Tyson: Morgan
They’ve had their crazy moments — Mike Tyson once tattooed his face and Morgan once booby-trapped his entire neighborhood — but both are excellent to have in a fight. Except Tyson may be little more walker than he lets on, you know with the whole ear-biting thing.
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They’ve had their crazy moments — Mike Tyson once tattooed his face and Morgan once booby-trapped his entire neighborhood — but both are excellent to have in a fight. Except Tyson may be little more walker than he lets on, you know with the whole ear-biting thing.

Martina Navratilova: Carol

Martina Navratilova: Carol
Both cordial yet incredibly cunning, Martina Navratilova and Carol from ‘The Walking Dead’ share a lot of similar competitive traits. Yet, I doubt Navratilova has ever leveraged another person's life over a casserole.
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Both cordial yet incredibly cunning, Martina Navratilova and Carol from ‘The Walking Dead’ share a lot of similar competitive traits. Yet, I doubt Navratilova has ever leveraged another person's life over a casserole.

Lionel Messi: Glenn

Lionel Messi: Glenn
To have made it this far, even after being shot, is nothing short of spectacular for an underdog like Glenn Rhee. Although Lionel Messi and Glenn are compact warriors, they both have talents that transcend their arenas. Until Glenn runs into Negan, let’s pre-memorialize him for the Messi-like things he's done in resolving messy conflicts.
Lionel Messi: Glenn

To have made it this far, even after being shot, is nothing short of spectacular for an underdog like Glenn Rhee. Although Lionel Messi and Glenn are compact warriors, they both have talents that transcend their arenas. Until Glenn runs into Negan, let’s pre-memorialize him for the Messi-like things he's done in resolving messy conflicts.

Ronda Rousey: Michonne

Ronda Rousey: Michonne
These are the two baddest women bridging the gates between fiction and reality. Imagine Ronda Rousey with a katana? I now know who I want for my Armageddon buddy!
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These are the two baddest women bridging the gates between fiction and reality. Imagine Ronda Rousey with a katana? I now know who I want for my Armageddon buddy!

Tim Tebow: Aaron

Tim Tebow: Aaron
Both travel on missions to bring back people who were thought to be lost. Although Tebow has much bigger arms, Aaron throws a better spiral.

Ahhh, I'm just joshing you, Tebow!

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Both travel on missions to bring back people who were thought to be lost. Although Tebow has much bigger arms, Aaron throws a better spiral.

Ahhh, I'm just joshing you, Tebow!

Usain Bolt: Father Gabriel

Usain Bolt: Father Gabriel
Although Usain Bolt manufactures his own excellence while Fr. Gabriel is a preachy buffoon that’s responsible for his own problems, both men are runners.
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Although Usain Bolt manufactures his own excellence while Fr. Gabriel is a preachy buffoon that’s responsible for his own problems, both men are runners.

Laila Ali: Sasha

Laila Ali: Sasha
It’s best not to mess with either of these lovely-turn-lively women. Laila Ali retired from boxing undefeated, now let’s hope Sasha survives the apocalypse unbitten.
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It’s best not to mess with either of these lovely-turn-lively women. Laila Ali retired from boxing undefeated, now let’s hope Sasha survives the apocalypse unbitten.

Andy Dalton: Sgt. Abraham Ford

Andy Dalton: Sgt. Abraham Ford
Surprisingly, Andy Dalton is the closest thing the sporting world has seen to Sgt. Abraham Ford — at least in hair pigment.
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Surprisingly, Andy Dalton is the closest thing the sporting world has seen to Sgt. Abraham Ford — at least in hair pigment.

Kyra Gracie: Rosita

Kyra Gracie: Rosita
Krya Gracie is a grappling world champion and grappling is technically a sport. Oh and so is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so Gracie is a first-ballot season-sixer, just like Rosita.
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Krya Gracie is a grappling world champion and grappling is technically a sport. Oh and so is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so Gracie is a first-ballot season-sixer, just like Rosita.

Evan Longoria: Eugene

Evan Longoria: Eugene
Even if Evan Longoria had a mullet for about 14 seconds, it’s emblazoned on my brain forever. A brain, I’ll have you know, that has yet to be feasted on by ravenous biters or Fox News programming.
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Even if Evan Longoria had a mullet for about 14 seconds, it’s emblazoned on my brain forever. A brain, I’ll have you know, that has yet to be feasted on by ravenous biters or Fox News programming.

Alex Morgan: Maggie

Alex Morgan: Maggie
Spark plugs never quit, no matter what adversity has to say. Alex Morgan and Maggie surpass every metric measuring resolve while making the smart moves to behoove the greater good.
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Spark plugs never quit, no matter what adversity has to say. Alex Morgan and Maggie surpass every metric measuring resolve while making the smart moves to behoove the greater good.

A.J. Pierzynski: The Governor

A.J. Pierzynski: The Governor
Okay, one dead character. Enjoy this comparison from the comfort of your walker-free utopia… at least for now.
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Okay, one dead character. Enjoy this comparison from the comfort of your walker-free utopia… at least for now.