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Top 30 Craziest Athlete Superstitions of All Time

Crazy Athlete Superstitions

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Every athlete seems to have somewhat of a routine or a superstition that they believe in. It's crazy to think that some superstar athletes go to extreme measures to prevent bad luck by believing and acting on superstitions.

These habits and superstitions are some of the craziest out there. Take a look at the top 30 athlete superstitions of all time.

30. Alex Ovechkin

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30. Alex Ovechkin

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Alex Ovechkin is one of the best hockey players in the world and he still has a superstition. He says he likes to have sex before and after games to improve his performance on the ice.

29. Vladimir Guerrero

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29. Vladimir Guerrero

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Vlad Guerrero was known for reaching out of the zone and hitting anything that crossed the plate. Did you ever notice that his helmet was dirty and disgusting at all times? Well, that's because he had teammates spit loogies all over it before games.

28. John Henderson

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28. John Henderson

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If you haven't seen the video of offensive lineman John Henderson getting slapped in the face by assistant coaches before games, you should definitely check it out. Oh yeah, this was by his own request and he enjoyed getting pumped up for games that way.

27. Bruce Gardiner

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27. Bruce Gardiner

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When Bruce Gardiner was a rookie in the NHL, he went through a tough slump. He asked a teammate what to do to get out of a slump and he told Bruce that dipping his stick in the toilet works. And well, he stuck with it.

26. NASCAR

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26. NASCAR

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This is a little known superstition to those who don't follow NASCAR -- they don't allow peanut shells at the race tracks. This superstition dates back a ways and the legend says that peanut shells were found in many car wrecks. Connect the two and peanut enthusiasts are no longer invited to NASCAR events.

25. Brian Urlacher

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25. Brian Urlacher

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Brian Urlacher was always in tip-top shape when he played in the NFL and he happened to be one of the best linebackers of all time. How did he do it? By eating two chocolate chip cookies before every game, of course.

24. Richard Hamilton

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24. Richard Hamilton

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Richard Hamilton never liked the idea of playing a game with bad hygiene. What did he do about it? He showered right before every game so he could smell fresh.

23. Dwight Howard

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23. Dwight Howard

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Let's just say Dwight had to use the bathroom to do a No. 2 before each game. If he didn't, he said he didn't feel right and couldn't perform his best. Interesting strategy.

22. Steve Kline

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22. Steve Kline

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Have you ever seen white salt lines on baseball players' hats? It's from not cleaning them for a short period of time -- maybe a couple weeks or a month. Well, Steve Kline wouldn't wash his hat for an entire season. Yeah, pretty gross.

21. Michael Jordan

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21. Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan insisted on wearing his lucky North Carolina basketball shorts underneath his Bulls ones. It was said to have worked in his favor and, well, who could argue with him?

20. Lyoto Machida

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20. Lyoto Machida

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Lyoto Machida listened to his father's advice and drank his own urine. Yeah, that's unbelievably weird. I guess it works, though.

19. Sidney Crosby

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19. Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is very superstitious. He can be the only one to tape his hockey stick and if anyone else touches it, he has to tape it over again. He calls his mom every single game day and he has to eat at the same restaurants that he usually eats at in every away city.

18. Peyton Manning

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18. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning has quite the superstitious appetite before games. In fact, prior to every game, he eats two pieces of grilled chicken, a bowl of pasta with marinara sauce, a baked potato, a side of broccoli and a Gatorade. I'm full just thinking about all that food.

17. Paul Pierce

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17. Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce, like Manning, is very particular about his pre-game meal. Pierce has been so successful for this diet -- a couple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches exactly 55 minutes before tipoff.

16. Ray Allen

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16. Ray Allen

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Ray Allen is one of the most in shape athletes in the world. He stays in such great shape because of a strict schedule. On game days, he naps from 11:30-1:00 p.m., eats a meal of chicken and rice at 2:30 p.m. and then shaves his head and gets to the court for warmups at 3:30 p.m. -- seems like it's working.

15. LeBron James

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15. LeBron James

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LeBron has a well-known superstition/habit that he can never seem to really shake. As most people know, he was famous for biting his nails nervously on the bench and during timeouts.

14. Daniel Briere

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14. Daniel Briere

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Daniel Briere, like many hockey players, believe that the hockeyey stick is full of superstitions. Briere has many hockey sticks for each game and he switches them out for another on a regular basis. For example, if he scores with one, he will give it a break for doing a solid job.

13. Bryce Harper

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13. Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper has to eat Eggo waffles and take seven showers on a daily basis. Might be a bit OCD, but it's superstitious nonetheless.

12. Sam Bradford

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12. Sam Bradford

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Sam Bradford only eats in groups of three because he's a tad OCD and believes it's bad luck not to. Imagine if he ate just one of something; his whole world would be thrown off.

11. Caron Butler

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11. Caron Butler

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Caron Butler has been into weird things. He used to drink half a liter of Mountain Dew before every game, but he curved that habit and now he has a weird superstition/habit of chewing on a straw during every timeout. That is, until the NBA banned it.

10. Shaquille O'Neal

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10. Shaquille O'Neal

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Before every game of his career, Shaq would chew on exactly four pieces of Big Red gum and then stick it under his seat. So he's the reason for the gum under public tables and chairs. Thanks a lot, Shaq.

9. Patrick Roy

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9. Patrick Roy

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Legendary goalie Patrick Roy was a bit quirky. Now that he's an NHL coach, he has to tame his quirks a bit. In his playing days, he would talk to the goal posts before the game. Why? Because they were "his friends."

8. Justin Verlander

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8. Justin Verlander

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Justin Verlander really likes Taco Bell. He eats three crunchy taco supremes with no tomato, a cheesy gordita crunch and a Mexican pizza with no tomatoes on the night before every start. Pretty solid things have resulted from this habit -- aka Cy Young and MVP awards.

7. Serena Williams

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7. Serena Williams

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Serena Williams wears the same pair of socks throughout an entire tournament. For the sake of fans that attend the matches and her opponents, I hope they get washed after each match.

6. Tiger Woods

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6. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods' mother told him at a young age that a red shirt makes him hit the ball better. Since that time, he has adopted the red shirt in the final rounds of each tournament. No one can argue with the results he's had in his career. One of the most iconic looks is also one of the most superstitious.

5. Moises Alou

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5. Moises Alou

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Moises Alou goes against all sanitary social rules on this one. The former MLB star used to pee on his hands before games to toughen them up in order to make up for the fact that he didn't wear batting gloves. Interesting.

4. Jason Terry

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4. Jason Terry

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Jason Terry goes to bed the night before a game with the opposing team's shorts on. Not sure how this helps with luck, but Jason sure thinks it does wonders.

3. Jason Giambi

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3. Jason Giambi

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Jason Giambi breaks out of slumps because of one thing: his golden thong. Giambi apparently has used this strategy throughout his career and even got Derek Jeter to try it out. Jeter claims he hit a home run the only time he used it to break out of a slump. There's a method behind this madness.

2. Les Miles

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2. Les Miles

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Les Miles is known for eating turf at the stadiums he visits. He even claimed that LSU had the best tasting turf of all. Yeah, he's a pretty weird guy.

1. Juan Manuel Marquez

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1. Juan Manuel Marquez

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Juan Manuel Marquez is the second fighter on this list who uses his own urine as a superstitious object. In fact, the boxer drinks his own urine nearly every day. Does that help, Juan?

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.