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Top 20 Craziest Hobbies You’d Never Expect From a Professional Athlete

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Strangest Athlete Hobbies

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This may come as a shock, but most professional athletes have a life off the field. They wake up, do things they like to do for fun, maybe practice their sport a little bit and then go back to bed.

In reality, they’re just like us with the exception that some get paid millions of dollars to play a sport. Along with their professional life, they have hobbies and interests just like you and me. They need to keep themselves occupied when they’re not at work.

The only difference is that their hobbies are usually much more expensive than ours. Since they get paid millions of dollars, chances are you won’t bump into a celebrity athlete while you’re at the hobby shop picking up paint for your model car.

Instead, they’ll be out doing stuff that only rich, famous people get to do. Yacht racing, bird racing, car racing and all sorts of other things.

Here I present to you some of the weirdest, most unusual hobbies of sports stars past and present. There are no boundaries when it comes to sport as all hobbies are welcomed and wanted for our entertainment.

Some of the things you’ll find on this list will make laugh, cry (because you’re laughing so hard) and think. Who knows, it may spark your interest, and you may pick up a new hobby. Some of the things on this list you’ll already know about and others you’ll question. But make no mistake about it. I’ve done my research on this one.

Brian Skinnell is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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No. 20: Lolo Jones - DDR

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When U.S. Olympic track star Lolo Jones isn't tearing up the hurdles, she's dancing. According to one article written during the 2012 Olympics, Jones has her own Dance Dance Revolution setup that she likes to use often.

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No. 19: Carlos Lee - Ranching

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While on the outside Carlos Lee's hobby isn’t really “weird,” when you break it down it is. The retired Houston Astros' slugger owns a ranch that reportedly has over 300 cows. He had 358 career home runs. Maybe he’s got one for every homer? Oh, and the ranch is named “Slugger Ranch.”

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No. 18: Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnson - Rubber Ducky Collecting

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When this dynamic duo isn't out winning Olympic medals in synchronized diving, Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnson are collecting rubber duckies. Supposedly, they have a team duck named "Alfred".

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No. 17: Cristiano Ronaldo - Bingo

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So you head to the local bingo hall to play a game or two with your grandmother on a Thursday night. You sit down at your table, look across the way and their sits soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese winger loves to play bingo because, as he was quoted as saying back in 2011, “It can be very exciting because you can be there waiting for a long time for just the one number to make the game complete.”

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No. 16: Rajon Rondo - Roller Skating

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Who says that only 1970's couples can roller skate? Certainly not Rajon Rondo. Rondo told one Boston media outlet that skating puts him in his own little world. Also, it makes for surprisingly good cardio as 16 laps around the rink equals one mile.

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No. 15: Ronaldinho - Karaoke

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You may not find him at your local bar, but soccer star Ronaldinho does enjoy himself some karaoke. While he's not tearing apart opposing defenses, he's using his solid gold pipes with his own personal karaoke machine.

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No. 14: Tiger Woods - Spearfishing

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Are you bored with the regular, old casting off the dock fishing? Well, Tiger Wood's got an alternative. It first surfaced back in 2006 that the famous golfer prefers to swim with the fish, gain their trust, befriend them and then stab them with a spear.

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No. 13: David Beckham - Fencing

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That’s what all famous soccer players do for fun, isn’t it? For those who don’t know, fencing is an Olympic sport, and it is essentially sword fighting. In a 2011 report, supposedly David Beckham likes to fence with actors Tom Cruise and Will Smith because they “don’t get enough time for hanging out, just us three guys,” according to Smith.

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No. 12: Deron Williams - Cliff Diving

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I’m sure this is one that the Brooklyn Nets are trying to limit, but Deron Williams doesn’t mind doing death-defying jumps off a perfectly good cliff.

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No. 11: Randy Moss - NASCAR

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Randy Moss doesn’t drive, that’d be crazy! Instead, he owned -- the team closed in 2012 -- a team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Because, you know, that’s what professional football players do. They own racing pickup trucks.

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No. 10: Chris Bosh - Photobombing

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This was more of a team-thing that the Miami Heat did when they got bored on their winning streak, but Chris Bosh was by far the best at it. How could you not be amused when the Velociraptor would creep in and out of post-game interviews?

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No. 9: Calvin Murphy - Baton Twirling

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And you thought all the former pro basketball star could do was shoot? In fact, Calvin Murphy has been twirling batons since before he started playing basketball. Did you know there was a National Championship for baton twirling? Calvin does. He won the crown back in 1963.

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No. 8: Hideki Matsui - Pornography Collection

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I discovered this one almost on accident. In a 2003 profile in Time magazine’s Asian edition, it was reported that Hideki Matsui has about 55,000 adult films in his collection. Some call it addiction, others call it a hobby.

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No. 7: Joe Johnson - Shoes

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Sure, lot's of people have shoe collections. But, do they have one as extensive as Joe Johnson. As of 2011, Johnson had 436 pairs of shoes in a 500-square-foot-closest that was made specifically for that collection. He does admit that he's a big fan of Air Jordan's and that most sneakers haven't been worn yet.

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No. 6: Robert Griffin III - Socks

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Ever since he exploded onto the football scene as a senior quarterback at Baylor, Robert Griffin III has been on TV for one thing and one thing only: his socks. Whether it’s inspirational sayings or his favorite comic book hero, RG3 has got a thing for keeping his feet warm.

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No. 5: Clinton Portis - Alter-Egos

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During his tenure with the Washington Redskins, Clinton Portis often greeted the media as someone else. Whether it was Southeast Jerome, Coach Hanky Spanky or Delmonte Jenkins, he always kept a press conference light and avoided questions with ease.

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No. 4: Chad Brown - Snake Breeder

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A former NFL linebacker and now broadcaster, Chad Brown finds joy in breeding snakes. He breeds them and then sells them pet stores. The hobby started in college, but really took off when he made it to the NFL and got his first pay check.

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No. 3: Herschel Walker - Ballet Dancing

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You think those sweet feet just appeared overnight and always stayed up to speed? Back in the late 1980's, the powerful Herschel Walker when he danced a performance with Fort Worth Ballet. Nowadays, he's into MMA fighting.

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No. 2: Shaquille O'Neal - Law Enforcement

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So you’re driving on a back road in Florida and you get pulled over for speeding. The officer walks up to your window, you look to your left and you’re staring at the officers knee. Oh, hey, it’s Shaquille O'Neal! The former center has logged over 1,200 hours of training and has been active in Miami, Tempe, Phoenix and Cleveland.

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No. 1: Mike Tyson - Pigeon Racing/Keeping

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When it comes to strange things that athletes do or have, boxer Mike Tyson is usually at or near the top of that list. He cared for pigeons as an alienated child and still finds peace and serenity today while taking care of his birds.

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