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25 Ridiculous Cameos By Athletes

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Sports and movies have always gone hand in hand. When athletes get pulled into movies, however, things can get a little bit ridiculous. Sometimes athletes are trying (and failing) to act, and other times just appearing in the movie is part of the joke. Here are 25 ridiculous movie cameos by athletes.

25. Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, and Shawn Bradley - Space Jam

These were the five NBA players who had their talents stolen by the "Monstars" for the big game against the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan. Maybe if they'd picked somebody other than Shawn Bradley they would've won.

24. Shaquille O'Neal - Grown Ups 2

I think it's fair to say that Shaq's requirements for what roles he'll accept are not very strict.

23. Brett Favre - There's Something About Mary

Before the retirements and the wrangler commercials, Favre popped up in this Ben Stiller-Cameron Diaz comedy.

22. Jim Brown - Any Given Sunday

Jim Brown was one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, so playing a football coach in a movie was probably an easy role for him to relate to.

21. Reggie Jackson - BASEketball

"Mr. October" is better known for his role in the first Naked Gun movie, but he also made a brief cameo in the movie written by the guys who created South Park.

20. Mike Tyson - The Hangover

The Hangover was a huge international hit when it was released, and Tyson's scene was one of the funniest parts of the movie.

19. Derek Jeter - The Other Guys

The Other Guys was such a ridiculous movie that Derek Jeter accidentally getting shot in the tunnel leading to the dugout wasn't even the craziest part.

18. Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla - Rookie of the Year

You can see Bonilla striking out in the trailer, and Bonds fans directly after in the movie. The second biggest reason Bonds isn't in the Hall of Fame is because he struck out against a 12-year-old.

17. Dan Marino - Ace Ventura Pet Detective

The Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback showed a different side of himself in the Jim Carrey comedy.

16. Alex Karras - Blazing Saddles

The Lions Pro Bowl lineman made a name for himself in Hollywood after his playing days ended, his most famous role coming in the Mel Brooks comedy.

15. Lance Armstrong - Dodgeball

This scene is funny for an entirely different reason now that Armstrong has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

14. Roger Clemens - Kingpin

Roger Clemens is known for being a little too intense, so this role probably didn't require a whole lot of acting.

13. Ken Griffey Jr. - Little Big League

Griffey hits the upper deck blast and then stands at home plate to admire it long enough that he should have gotten a pitch in his earhole the next time up.

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Daytona 500 winner has no problem hamming it up in this Will Ferrell comedy.

11. Lawrence Taylor - The Waterboy

Another instance of an athlete making fun of himself in a former SNL star's movie.

10. Cam Neely - Dumb and Dumber

The movie made Jim Carrey a superstar and made Cam Neely known to more than just hockey fans.

9. Rick Fox - He Got Game

Fox's good looks led to him pursuing an acting career along with basketball, but he's best known for his role in He Got Game.

8. Sammy Sosa - On The Line

Sosa agreed to do this before his career ended in PED and corked bat disgrace.

7. Mike Ditka - Kicking and Screaming

Ditka's proven that he's not afraid to make fun of himself, and he certainly did that in this role.

6. John McEnroe - Mr. Deeds

McEnroe is best known for his hot temper, so obviously this cameo made a lot of sense.

5. O.J. Simpson - The Towering Inferno

Before Simpson became known as a punchline he played a small part in one of the biggest blockbusters of the 1970's.

4. Hulk Hogan - Rocky III

Hogan's size was exaggerated a bit for his role as "Thunderlips" in the third Rocky movie.

3. Bob Uecker - Major League

There's never been a better broadcaster in a sports movie than Uecker.

2. Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Michael Finley - Like Mike

Totally believable reaction from Jason Kidd there.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Airplane!

Still the best cameo by an athlete in a movie.

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