By Jacob Kornhauser on April 29, 2014
There are certain personalities in sports that are just more interesting than all the rest. They're not mundane, but extremely entertaining on and off the field. It is those types of players who would make perfect potential game show hosts. Here are 15 from the sporting world who could transition nicely into that role once their playing careers are over.
The freakishly athletic Calvin Johnson would make a nice game show host for a number of reasons. Firstly, he would tower over all of the contestants, which would be interesting. While he has a great competitive nature, he also has a very lively personality, which plays well into being a game show host.
Trout is baseball's -- and perhaps sports' -- next big thing. The way he plays the game speaks for itself and his persona would be enough to host an entertaining game show. With his California golden boy personality and looks, he would look at home in a suit with a microphone hosting a game show.
The Houston Rockets guard has shown time and time again that he is insanely funny and entertaining, especially when in the presence of teammate Jeremy Lin. The duo could probably co-host a show and make it one of the funniest and most entertaining on television.
Jeter is getting to that point in his career when he needs to find what life holds for him after baseball. Why not a game show host? He's probably a little too established as an all-time great ball player to consider such a thing, but his very funny personality he's put on display over several late night talk shows proves he would be just the man for the job.
The 2013 NL MVP has a flare for the dramatic; he proposed to his girlfriend on the Ellen Degeneres Show (she said yes). So on and off the field McCutchen likes making things interesting, and that's exactly what a game show host has to do. He seems like a no-brainer.
Garnett is entering the twilight of his playing career and needs to be looking for a new form of competition. Even though chances are high that he would trash talk several contestants, Garnett's intense attitude would play well into certain types of game shows.
Ah, the golden boy of professional football. When his playing career is over, Brady can transfer that golden boy persona to the game show realm. Just like Trout, it's easy to imagine him dressed to the nines while giving a big smile and reading ridiculous trivia questions.
"Flash" is getting up there even though he seems to have a little bit left in the tank. He and his teammates over the years have always seemed to have quite the quirky personalities. Wade likes to be a bit of a jokester when the time is right, and all of those things put together could make him a very entertaining game show host.
Looking past the fact that he's still learning English, Puig would be a hilarious game show host. He's a little short-tempered, which could make for some very interesting exchanges. Imagine a contestant getting several easy questions in a row wrong and Puig just throws his microphone down in frustration.
Through press conferences and games and everything in between, Noah has proven to be one of the media's favorite athletes because he's one of sports' most entertaining guys. He's very goofy off the court and loves to joke around. He's a relatively intelligent guy as well, so it seems like he has quite the skill set to become a game show host in time.
Kane's playfulness and grace with the puck mixed with his boyish charm make him the ideal game show host. He can certainly joke around, as he does often with his teammates, and he is also extremely good at what he does. The mix of playfulness and preparation should have the Game Show Network calling.
Rodgers has already appeared on camera several times, most notably in the State Farm "Discount Double Check" commercials. He's very entertaining in them, although the campaign as a whole is getting a little old. While being completely serious, Rodgers is very animated on the football field. That combination should be enough for a decent game show host.
Highlighted by last season's weekly fashion tips from Rivers, his persona is reaching new heights. While not the most popular quarterback in the league, Rivers is wildly entertaining off the field which could transition nicely onto a set of a game show.
Even while being one of baseball's most dominant pitchers over the better part of a decade, Verlander has managed to move his way into the public eye as an entertaining person as well. His antics certainly could play well in a game show, and it doesn't hurt that Kate Upton would be his equivalent of Vanna White.
Ortiz never holds anything back, and that's what most people like about him. If he doesn't like something, he will let it be known. If he does like something, he will gush about it endlessly. That's what makes him one of sports' most entertaining personalities, and he's probably the sporting world's best candidate to become a game show host in the future.
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