15 Pro Athletes Who Are Obsessed With Video Games

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Pro Athletes' Obsession With Video Games

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Over the last 20 years, the technological boom has had a huge effect on the way that people of all generations view technology, and by extension use it in their everyday lives. Whether it is the cell phone, internet, iPod or iPad, there are a number of things that people are accustomed to using with every waking second today that simply were either not around, or not used in previous decades.

One of the most popular of these things are video games. People that have grown up in Generation Y have taken to playing games such as Call of Duty, FIFA, Madden and other franchises with the type of euphoria and persistence that their parents would have watched television, listened to the radio or simply rode their bikes.

Of course, those who are now gracing professional leagues such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and the Olympics are almost all a part of Generation Y, and so they love to play video games. With this in mind, I have formed a list of the 15 professional athletes who are more obsessed with video games than their peers, both in professional sports and the world as a whole.

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15. Joe Johnson

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson was recently named to the 2014 Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a reserve, and it is a sure bet he will play games on his PS4 during his free time at the event. In the past, Johnson has been known to bringing a portable television and all of his video games on road trips, and he uses this video game addiction to avoid making poor decisions.

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14. Quinn Pitcock

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Quinn Pitcock is by no means a superstar as he hasn't played in a NFL game since 2007, but he has a documented video game addiction issue which forced him to retire from football altogether for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

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13. Jozy Altiodre

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Jozy Altidore may be the best striker the U.S. Men's National Team has, but he has admitted to playing a ton of Call of Duty and FIFA when not training.

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12. Jamaal Charles

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Aside from tearing up opposing defenses, Jamaal Charles almost always chooses to play Call of Duty, and has even played against Kansas City Chiefs fans via a promotion with Activision.

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11. David Price

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After tearing up opposing lineups, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price makes sure to play games such as MLB The Show.

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10. Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt has been the fastest man in the world for a few years now, and after hearing him talk about video games, it is clear that the competition switch in his brain never turns off. Bolt has said he plays a ton of video games when not training for competitions, and has admitted that he can't go to sleep without playing Call of Duty until the wee hours of the morning every night.

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9. Andy Murray

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has an obsession with video games that has affected his personal life. Murray was briefly dumped by longtime girlfriend Kim Sears back in 2009 for playing up to seven hours a day.

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8. LeBron James

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LeBron James may be the best basketball player in the world, but that doesn't mean he isn't obsessed with video games. James has previously said he loves to play Call of Duty, Madden and the NBA 2K franchise whenever he has available time.

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7. Patrick Kane

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Patrick Kane was the cover athlete of EA Sports NHL 10, and he surely spent a lot of time making sure the creators accurately portrayed him.

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6. Adrian Peterson

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Adrian Peterson has been a longtime lover of the Assassin Creed video game series, and has also stated that he plays a ton of Madden with his Minnesota Vikings teammates.

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5. Stephen Strasburg

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has an obsession with the Call of Duty video game series, and even takes his Playstation 3 on road trips during the MLB season. During the offseason, Strasburg has taken his gaming love affair to another level by promoting Major League Gaming.

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4. Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose has had some highly-documented knee injuries over the last couple of years, and there is no doubt that many video games have been played in his time off. The Chicago Bulls point guard is a big fan of the Call of Duty and Rainbow Six franchises. He previously received a custom PS3, and was even on the cover of NBA 2k12.

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3. Loic Remy

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Newcastle United forward Loic Remy is a huge fan of the FIFA franchise, and has even used it to determine choosing to move teams in the past. This occurred just in January of 2013 as QPR chairmen Tony Fernandes played Remy in two games of FIFA 13 to seal a transfer to the English side.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch may not enjoy talking to the media very much, but he certainly does not mind yelling at his television while playing video games. The Seattle Seahawks running back lists Call of Duty as his favorite game, although it must be fun to play as himself in Madden.

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1. Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant is currently trying to overtake LeBron James as the best basketball player in the world, but he already loves to play video games more than any athlete in the world. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward has previously admitted to playing video games in excess, and that his mom used to yell at him for doing so.


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  • Jon Holden

    Is this an advertisement for Call of Duty? Jesus Christ…