20 Athletes Who Go Against the Grain

20 Athletes Who March To the Beat of Their Own Drum

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Most athletes toe the company line and do as they're told. They look normal, they act normal and there's not a whole lot to them. The same can't be said for these 20 athletes who most certainly go against the grain in one way or another:

1. Chris 'Birdman' Andersen

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1. Chris 'Birdman' Andersen

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From his look, to the way he conducts his post-game interviews -- the Birdman is a different cat. But as long as he keeps being productive the Heat won't care.

2. DeSean Jackson

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2. DeSean Jackson

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When you talk about diva-like WRs in the NFL today, Jackson is likely the first guy who comes to mind. He does things his own way, but hey, he's rich beyond his wildest dreams.

3. John Daly

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3. John Daly

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Daly has been going against the grain for as long as there's been a grain. Whether it's his smoking habit or loud clothing, he gets people talking.

4. Manny Ramirez

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4. Manny Ramirez

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Manny being Manny is just a nice way of saying that Ramirez is a tad bit strange. Who would have thought he'd end up as a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs?

5. Barry Zito

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5. Barry Zito

Barry Zito

Zito was known for years as the hippie-type in MLB. He would meditate before games, played guitar and surfed. But he's apparently toned down his out-of-the-box behavior as of late.

6. Nyjer Morgan

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6. Nyjer Morgan

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Nyjer Morgan, who's been known to refer to himself as Tony Plush, is definitely an against the grain type of athlete. Follow him on Twitter for proof.

7. Marshawn Lynch

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7. Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch is a guy who just doesn't seem to like all the attention that goes along with playing in the NFL. He hates speaking to the media and he appears to be a guy who keeps to himself.

8. Richard Sherman

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8. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

The NFL's best CB is about the opposite of Marshawn Lynch when it comes to speaking out and voicing his opinions to the media.

9. Brian Wilson

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9. Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is not your typical MLB reliever. He's know for his off-the-wall personality and of course, for his crazy beard.

10. Jay Cutler

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10. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

The Bears QB rubs people the wrong way because of his nonchalant attitude on the football field. He gets accused of not caring, but that seems like a bunch of hot air.

11. Dez Bryant

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11. Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Bryant has come along way since entering the NFL in terms of his behavior. But look further than his sideline blow up last year for an example of him ruffling feathers.

12. Rob Gronkowski

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12. Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Gronk's life seems to revolve around women, partying and football. Bill Belichick would be a lot happier if football were more of a priority.

13. Jared Allen

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13. Jared Allen

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From his mullet to his post-game interviews, Jared Allen is not your average bear. That statement is true in more ways than one.

14. Bryce Harper

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14. Bryce Harper

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Many call Harper a throwback player, others call him a bro. Either way, he's a breath of fresh air for MLB.

15. Tim Lincecum

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15. Tim Lincecum

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Lincecum is another MLB pitcher who doesn't exactly qualify as ordinary. Many view him as a hippie in a baseball uniform, which may or may not be true. Either way, his stache is dirty/magnificent.

16. Russell Westbrook

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16. Russell Westbrook

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Westbrook is a phenomenal talent on the basketball court, but he plays a little out of control at times. His off-court wardrobe is also a little of out control at times.

17. Lance Stephenson

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17. Lance Stephenson

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The Pacers guard is one of the fastest rising stars in the NBA. But at only 23-years of age, he sometimes puts his foot in his mouth.

18. Johnny Manziel

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18. Johnny Manziel

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When it comes to NFL rookies, Johnny Football is the epitome of an athlete who goes against the grain. He likes to have a good time on the side. Deal with it.

19. Metta World Peace

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19. Metta World Peace

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You have to love MWP. He's always got something to say and he's always entertaining. He most certainly isn't your average bear, which is a good thing. There are too many boring people out there.

20. Ronda Rousey

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20. Ronda Rousey

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Rousey is pretty humble for how good she is, but she goes against the grain because of her sex. You can argue that she's UFC's top star, which is something we've never said about a woman. Good for her.


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