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20 Athletes Who Have Released Music Albums

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20 Athletes Who Have Crossed Over into the World of Music

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Many athletes had other dreams growing up as kids besides playing sports. Some of them, have traveled outside the world of sports to try other things. Many of those attempts have failed miserably.

When it comes to these other things or projects that athletes try, it could be anything. But most commonly we see them try movies and music. Athletes very rarely translate well to the big screen. I think they're best served to keep their roles small or even just limit them to cameos. Odds are, they're going to be terrible when trying to act, so it's best to keep the on-screen time limited.

Most commonly, the best transition for athletes who want to try on-camera work comes in the form of a studio analyst job. These jobs limit the amount of acting the athletes have to do and they really just get to talk about the sport they once loved. It doesn't mean they're going to be great automatically, but they're chances of success are much higher.

There have been athletes who have transitioned to another field and had great success. But it's usually in the world of business. Given the amount of money they have at their disposal, it makes for a natural transition. Magic Johnson has probably had the most success as a business man after sports, and now he's earned the nickname 'Hall of Fame Mogul'.

With all of that in mind, we'll now take a look at 20 sports stars that have attempted a crossover into the world of music. Everyone on this list at least attempted to release an album at some point. Some of them failed miserably, while others actually had some success. Enjoy:

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Allen Iverson

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AI had a short stint as a rap artist back in 2000. He released an album titled '40 Bars' under the name Jewels.

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Deion Sanders

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Neon Deion released the appropriately titled album 'Prime Time' back in 1994. It had one single that failed to reach the charts.

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Tony Parker

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If you like French rap, check out Parker's debut album from 2007 entitled 'TP'.

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Muhammad Ali

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Ali teamed up with Frank Sinatra and others back in 1976 to help fight tooth decay. True story.

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Kobe Bryant

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Bryant's debut album K.O.B.E. was never technically released back in 2000, which probably speaks volumes about the quality of the songs.

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Shaquille O'Neal

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Shaq has probably had the most success of any athlete turned musician. His first album went platinum and his second album went gold. He even has a greatest hits album.

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Terry Bradshaw

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The Hall of Fame quarterback has released a couple of albums. Most notably, he released 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' back in 1976.

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Metta World Peace

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The artist formerly known as Ron Artest released a rap album entitled 'My World' back in 2006.

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John Cena

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Cena used to use a rapper gimmick in WWE, but he's actually a rapper in real life. His debut album dropped in 2005 and he still comes out to his own song to this very day.

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Chris Webber

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C-Webb turned into a rapper back in 1999 for the album '2 Much Drama'. The album featured Redman and Kurupt and had a song that made it to No. 10 on the hot rap singles chart.

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Bronson Arroyo

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'Covering the Bases' is the first and only album from pitcher Bronson Arroyo. It was released following the Red Sox World Series win back in 2004.

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Bernie Williams

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The former Yankees' outfielder has released two albums. One came out in 2003 and the most recent was 2009.

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Oscar De La Hoya

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The former boxing champ had a good amount of success with his first and only album. It was self titled and was actually nominated for a Grammy in 2001 in the Best Latin Pop Album category.

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Macho Man Randy Savage

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Oh yeah! The Macho Man's rap album was terrible.

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Roy Jones Jr.

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The former boxing champ dropped 'Round One' back in 2002 to not so great reviews. But he did have one song make it to No. 57 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks list.

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Chris Jericho

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Jericho says he dreamed about doing two things as a kid: 1) be a wrestler 2) be a rockstar. Now he's accomplished both goals. His band Fozzy is doing well and traveling all over the world.

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Doug Flutie

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'The Flutie Gang' released one album back in 1999. The title? Ramblin Scramblin Man. You can't make this stuff up.

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Wayman Tisdale

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The late great Wayman Tisdale released nine jazz albums during his lifetime.

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Kyle Turley

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The former offensive lineman released a country/rock album back in 2010 entitled 'Anger Management'.

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Manny Pacquiao

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Boxer, politician and musician. Those are just a few of the things you can call Pacquiao. To date, he's released two albums.