25 Elite Athletes and Their Ideal Walk-Up Songs

By Nick Villano

Elite Athletes and Their Ideal Walk-Up Songs

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The connection between sports and music is an ever-growing medium. With Roger Goodell giving the rookies at this year's draft their own walk-up songs, now it becomes a topic of conversation everywhere. What would be this person's walk up song? What should be their song? Luckily for you, we did the work for you. Here are the 25 walk-up songs for some of the best athletes in sports.

Rob Gronkowski: Shop Boyz - Party Like A Rockstar

Rob Gronkowski is one of the biggest partiers in sports. He was just photographed with Johnny Manziel on Memorial Day weekend. He wouldn't let a bad ankle ruin his good time after Super Bowl XLVI. He is really making his athletics turn him into a rockstar.

LeBron James: R. Kelly - The World's Greatest

While it is debatable whether R. Kelly is the world's greatest anything, there is no doubt that LeBron James is the world's greatest basketball player right now. He is now on his way to the NBA Finals for the fourth time in a row. Seriously, could it have been anything else for LeBron?

Derek Jeter: Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

This is Derek Jeter's last season after manning shortstop for the New York Yankees since 1996. You need an awesome goodbye song for his walk-up song. What better goodbye song is there than Good Riddance by Green Day?

Tiger Woods: Nas/P. Diddy - Hate Me Now

There are many great correlations between this song and Tiger Woods right now. He went from one of the most beloved athletes to one of the most hated seemingly overnight. Also, Nas released this song back in 1999, when Tiger was arguably at his best. He seems to build on the hate, which is what this song is about.

Sidney Crosby: Brand New - Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Doesn't

Sidney Crosby has this sort of subtle cockiness that some superstars have. He doesn't go around telling the media that he is the best, but the way he carries himself says something else. This song has that same kind of feel. Saying that you are heaven-sent in a soft, subtle voice sounds like something Crosby would do.

Carmelo Anthony: Puff Daddy - All About The Benjamins

Whether or not Phil Jackson talks Carmelo Anthony into locking into his current contract, no one can deny that he is about to get paid handsomely. A max contract is a given. Biggie would be proud, even if more money brings more problems.

Mike Trout: Nelly - Number One

Mike Trout is the best baseball player in baseball right now. He already comes up to artists like Kanye West and Drake, so we know he likes hip hop. He was probably listening to this song at some point during his childhood, even though it came out when he was 10.

Tim Duncan: Eminem/Nate Dogg - Till I Collapse

Tim Duncan somehow continues to find a way to be one of the best players in the NBA, even at his advanced age. At 38-years-old, he shows he can go toe to toe with the likes of Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, players half his age. It seems like he will be an elite basketball player until he can't walk anymore.

Peyton Manning: Kanye West - Stronger

The beat of the song sounds kind of robotic, which is why Peyton Manning must be playing so well after a major neck injury. He seems to come back from every hurdle, taking down his arch nemesis Tom Brady on his way to the Super Bowl this season.

Miguel Cabrera: AWOLNATION - Sail

The song is slow and it doesn't say a lot, but it hits hard. Just like Miguel Cabrera.

Patrick Kane: The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

It's true. It seems at times that Patrick Kane is truly unstoppable. He goes through defenders with ease. He takes on players of every country playing in the NHL. Some of these teams are basically seven nation armies.

Dirk Nowitzki: AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night Long

Dirk Nowitzki looks like he came out of the 80s. He probably partied to the German version of this song when he was a kid. He has the hair and the look to still be in one of these videos.

Adrian Peterson: MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This

Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL. He stays that way by being great at evading defenders. There are probably many videos of him juking out opponents with M.C. Hammer playing over the video.

Clayton Kershaw: Cage the Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Clayton Kershaw is one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in baseball. He plays on whatever rest Don Mattingly needs from him. There are times where he has to carry the Dodgers on his back when his supporting cast isn't doing it. That isn't as much of a problem now, but the song still fits. Plus, the sound is so laid back, which seems to fit his personality.

Jonathan Quick: Skrillex - Bangarang

This song fits Jonathan Quick because it is all over the place. It finds a way to mix awesome beats with repeating lyrics. It fits Quick because it hits on everything, which he does to every puck coming his way. He is everywhere he needs to be, which in a weird way, so is this song.

Richard Sherman: Kid Rock - Cocky

"It ain't braggin'...if ya back it up." Kid Rock says it the same way that Richard Sherman says it to the likes of Patrick Peterson and Joe Haden. He is cocky, but he feels like he backs up everything he says. It is hard to argue that point.

David Ortiz: Notorious B.I.G.- Big Poppa

This one was pretty easy. The two men here have a ton of similarities. Even their nicknames are near identical. David Ortiz is considered the greatest DH of all time. Biggie is one of the greatest rapper of all time. This pairing was made in walk-up song heaven.

Teemu Selanne: Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days

Teemu Selanne is finally hanging up his skates after one of the greatest careers in hockey. The song is about people talking about their glory days of high school. Luckily, Selanne was able to stretch that until his 40s. Now, however, all he can do is talk about the glory days of when he was an elite hockey player.

Jameis Winston: Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing

I couldn't help myself with this one. I understand this kid is so much more than that one incident, but until we are playing football again, we might as well have a little fun at his expense.

Kevin Durant: Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle

Both these guys are working their butts off to get to the top of their craft. The beat on this song would go great in those Beats headphones he is known to wear. While the lyrics may not be perfect, I couldn't ignore how much these two pair with one another.

Alex Ovechkin: Carly Simon - You're So Vain

Alexander Ovechkin seems like the kind of player that is all about himself. He will lead the NHL in goals, but then be third from last in the league in plus/minus. He loves him some him. I wonder how many mirrors there are in the Capitals locker room.

Patrick Willis: Three 6 Mafia - Some Bodies Gonna Get It

Also the theme song of the WWE's Mark Henry, this song is about beating someone up, which is exactly what Patrick Willis does on a weekly basis. There aren't any weeks where someone gets out of a matchup with the 49ers without getting a big hit from Willis. That is why this is the perfect song for him.

David Price: Enrique Iglesias - Hero

Are you confused? You should be, but there is a reason for this. With the Tampa Bay Rays falling out of contention, it is becoming more and more obvious that David Price will be dealt to a contender for a hefty price. He is going to be one playoff team's "hero."

Andrew Wiggins: Kanye West/Jay-Z - H.A.M.

Andrew Wiggins is chomping at the bit to get to the NBA. This song sounds like it is about someone who will kill it once he is given the chance. The possible first overall pick can't wait to show his talents in the big leagues. There may be doubters, but when given the chance, Wiggins will go "ham" on the NBA.

Kobe Bryant: Boyz II Men - It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

Sometimes you just have to let go of the fact that you are no longer elite. Seeing Kobe Bryant break down in the way that he did in 2013 was a hard pill to swallow for fans and teammates alike. For Kobe, he wishes that he was the same player who could carry a team on his back. Unfortunately, it just isn't going to happen.

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