20 Hottest Female Athletes of 2014

By Tyler

20 Athletes Who Need a Movie Made About Them

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Sports sits in a strange cross section between entertainment and real life. Often, the lines between the two become blurred, and sports figures become the hero or villain of their own life stories. Here are 20 athletes whose lives are playing out like a movie.

20. Mike Tyson

20. Mike Tyson
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20. Mike Tyson

20. Mike Tyson
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A troubled kid from the streets Brooklyn whose mother died when he was 16, leaving him under the care of his boxing manager, who saw immense, yet untapped potential in him. Tyson went from being expelled from high school, arrested numerous times as a teenager, to fortune and fame in his early 20s -- a meteoric rise followed by an equally astounding fall from grace. I’m surprised there isn’t a movie already.

19. Tiger Woods

19. Tiger Woods
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19. Tiger Woods

19. Tiger Woods
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From his national television appearance at three-years-old to his first major victory at the Masters at 21, Tiger has lived his entire life under the limelight. He resurrected the sport of gold in the 90s and continued a historic run until injuries and a public and ugly divorce put an abrupt halt to his run of dominance. Now, Tiger is attempting to return to his former self on the most public of stages.

18. Bo Jackson

18. Bo Jackson
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18. Bo Jackson

18. Bo Jackson
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Jackson was raised in Bessemer, Alabama, one of 10 children from a very poor family, and blessed with exceptional athleticism. Jackson would go on to incredible success on the football field, winning the Heisman at Auburn, and going on to become one of the most dynamic running backs we have ever seen in the NFL. Oh, and he also became the first two-sport athlete, also playing for three different MLB teams.

17. Josh Hamilton

17. Josh Hamilton
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17. Josh Hamilton

17. Josh Hamilton
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A redemption story, Hamilton went from being the overall No. 1 pick in the 1999 MLB draft to a four-year long battle with drugs and alcohol that nearly ruined his once-promising career. Hamilton managed to battle through, eventually prevailing over his addictions to become league MVP and a perennial All-Star.

16. Michael Vick

16. Michael Vick
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16. Michael Vick

16. Michael Vick
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A movie about Vick would be part horror story, part reformation. We all know Vick’s story by now; a man caught up in a shady and immoral business, slaughtering hundreds of dogs as part of an underground dog-fighting ring. He went on to pay his debt to society, serving nearly two years in a federal penitentiary, before returning to the NFL. He has yet to recapture his former glory, but continues to be a relevant and respectable player.

15. Kobe Bryant

15. Kobe Bryant
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15. Kobe Bryant

15. Kobe Bryant
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Bryant was a teenage basketball phenom, going on to become the youngest player to ever play and start in the NBA at the time. He would go on to win three championships in a row before going through an extremely public sexual assault case. After the charges were dropped against him, he battled through bruised public perception to win two more championships.

14. O.J. Simpson

14. O.J. Simpson
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14. O.J. Simpson

14. O.J. Simpson
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There probably isn’t another celebrity who experienced such an extreme fall from grace. Simpson is a Hall-of-Fame NFL running back who is accused of murdering his wife, and is eventually found not guilty after the most public trial in U.S. history. 10 years later, he would be arrested and sentenced for stealing sports memorabilia (that he believed was stolen from him) from a Las Vegas hotel/casino. What a depressing movie.

13. Wataru Misaka

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13. Wataru Misaka

New York Knicks
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Baseball had Jackie Robinson, and the NBA had Wataru Misaka. It is a little-known fact that Misaka was the first non-Caucasian player to ever play in an NBA game. He suited up for the New York Knicks in 1947, the same year that Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. Although he only played in three games, being a Japanese-American player in the aftermath of World War II certainly had its fair share of challenges and should be commemorated.

12. Michael Sam

12. Michael Sam
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12. Michael Sam

12. Michael Sam
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Sam is another pioneer for minority rights. This season, he will become the first openly gay player to suit up for an NFL team. Taken in the seventh round by the St Louis Rams, Sam enters a league dominated by machismo and brutality. I’m sure there’s a movie plot in there somewhere.

11. Barry Bonds

11. Barry Bonds
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11. Barry Bonds

11. Barry Bonds
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Bonds went from MLB’s savior to public enemy No. 1 in the span of a decade. He passed Hank Aaron’s record for total home runs in a career, arguably the most sacred record in any sport, while inarguably under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs. Barry Bonds is the poster-child for the Steroid Era, and introduced the asterisks as an official classification in the record books.

10. Lawrence Taylor

10. Lawrence Taylor
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10. Lawrence Taylor

10. Lawrence Taylor
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Quite possibly the most dominant defensive player the NFL has ever seen, Taylor partied just as hard as he played on the field. His battle with cocaine and alcohol are widely known. After he had supposedly beaten his addictions, living a drug-free life for more than a decade, his personal life again came under scrutiny after he was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

9. Dennis Rodman

9. Dennis Rodman
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9. Dennis Rodman

9. Dennis Rodman
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Rodman is one of the most interesting characters the sports world has ever seen. From wearing bridal gowns and marrying himself, to domestic violence charges and headbutting refs, to his most recent friendship with one of the most reprehensible men on the planet, Kim Jong-Un, Rodman's movie would be like The Hangover meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Born into boxing, Mayweather Jr. says he never even considered another profession. One of the most successful boxers of this generation, Mayweather is notorious for living a fast lifestyle. He has been arrested numerous times on domestic abuse charges, and is famously addicted to gambling, and gambling big.

7. Richard Sherman

7. Richard Sherman
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7. Richard Sherman

7. Richard Sherman
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Sherman is a rags-to-riches success story. Born in Compton, California and surrounded by gang violence, Sherman managed to walk a straight line and stay out of trouble. He would go on to graduate on time from Stanford and eventually help lead the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title. Despite his brash and outspoken ways, Sherman’s movie should be one all parents show their kids.

6. Kimbo Slice

6. Kimbo Slice
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6. Kimbo Slice

6. Kimbo Slice
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Kimbo Slice is the epitome of an internet sensation that made it big. He videotaped a series of unsanctioned street fights in which he participated, and became a viral hit that propelled him to a professional fighting career. He has since appeared on several TV shows and even in a major motion picture.

5. Danica Patrick

5. Danica Patrick
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5. Danica Patrick

5. Danica Patrick
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Patrick is one of the most famous racers of all time. She started her career in the IndyCar circuit, and has since moved on the insanely popular NASCAR circuit. Although she hasn’t won anything of significance, she has become one of the most recognizable figures across all of sports and has broken down gender barriers in the process.

4. Aaron Hernandez

4. Aaron Hernandez
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4. Aaron Hernandez

4. Aaron Hernandez
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It’s a shame that many of the most compelling sports figures are thrust into the spotlight as a result of such shameful acts, but that’s the world we live in. Hernandez went from being one of the most promising NFL players in the world to one of the most hated people on the planet, stemming from his recent indictment by grand juries on three separate murder charges.

3. Oscar Pistorius

3. Oscar Pistorius
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3. Oscar Pistorius

3. Oscar Pistorius
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Pistorius went from hero, as the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, to fallen star. He is currently going through a murder trial after his involvement in the death of his girlfriend in 2013. He claims he mistook her as an intruder and mistakenly shot her through the bathroom door. Depending on the outcome, it would be a movie about a terrible mistake, or a premeditated murder.

2. Ray Lewis

2. Ray Lewis
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2. Ray Lewis

2. Ray Lewis
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Lewis is widely considered one of the best and most charismatic NFL defensive players of all time. He may have also been involved in a murder. He went through a public trial for the murder of two men in an altercation. eventually having his murder charges dropped to obstruction of justice in a plea deal in exchange of testimony against the other two men involved. Ray's possible involvement is mysteriously and often overlooked.

1. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

1. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
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1. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

1. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
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Abdul-Rauf, formerly Chris Jackson, overcame a lot of obstacles in his life and went on to a successful career in the NBA. Born with a rare neuropsychiatric disorder called Tourette's Syndrome that causes involuntary tics, the disease also forced him to pursue perfection, often forcing him to stay on the court for hours and hours at a time until he perfected his jump shot. Well, he had one of the best jump shots in the history of the game.

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