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20 Best Sports Personalities of All Time

Best Sports Personalities of All Time

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Beyond their sports, some athletes entertain as well. Based on their personalities, whether they be warm and inviting or just plain crazy, these 20 sports personalities are the most entertaining of all time.

20. Kevin Durant

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20. Kevin Durant

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One of the true good guys in sports, Durant does everything the right way. In a touching speech, he credited his mother for helping him win the MVP award this past season and it's moments like that that endear him to fans across the country.

19. Randy Moss

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19. Randy Moss

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Like many other top receivers in the NFL, Moss enjoyed showboating quite a bit. His touchdown celebrations were memorable and his cocky demeanor off the field was enough to make him remembered for more than just his stellar play on the field.

18. J.J. Watt

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18. J.J. Watt

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One of the best defensive players in football, J.J. Watt also has quite the personality off the field. He always seems to be having fun on and off the field and that attitude is what makes him fun to watch.

17. Phil Jackson

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17. Phil Jackson

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The Zen Master has been an interesting character since he burst onto the scene with the Bulls in the early 1990's. Always a master motivator, Jackson has continued to interest fans around the country as his career moved to Los Angeles and now to New York.

16. Cal Ripken Jr.

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16. Cal Ripken Jr.

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During his playing career, Ripken was the picture of consistency. He went out and played almost every single day during his entire career. His warm personality and calm demeanor have helped fans from around the country to enjoy him on and off the field.

15. Terrell Owens

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15. Terrell Owens

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Another receiver who enjoyed his fair share of showboating, TO was quite the personality on and off the field. Sometimes he produced more drama than he was worth, but he had several celebrations that will live forever. When he stopped at midfield at Cowboy Stadium and when he signed a ball after a touchdown were two of the most memorable celebrations in NFL history.

14. David Ortiz

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14. David Ortiz

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Not only was Big Papi central to the Red Sox's three World Series titles over the past decade, but his celebrations during them were memorable as well. He's loved by the city of Boston and will always be remembered for his impassioned speech at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombings, which included an f-bomb, which the FCC let slide.

13. Derek Jeter

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13. Derek Jeter

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One of the classiest people to ever play the game of baseball, Jeter has endeared himself to every baseball fan by playing the right way. His humble personality has helped get him far in his career and will help make sure he goes down in baseball and sports history.

12. Tim Duncan

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12. Tim Duncan

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The master of being humble, five-time champion Tim Duncan seems not to be hated by anyone in basketball. Not only has he proven the ability to win, but also the ability to stay himself through it all. While he may not be overly entertaining off the court, his amazing ability to never change even through success is what makes him such a great sports personality.

11. John Daly

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11. John Daly

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His off-the-field issues are well-documented, but Daly is still quite the character. He strikes some people as the type of person who would be great to party with. It's unusual that a golfer can let this be shown, but since he makes more headlines off the links than on, he makes it possible.

10. Brian Wilson

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10. Brian Wilson

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Anyone who grows a beard that a company will pay million for him to shave is worthy of being one of the best personalities in sports. His antics on the mound are entertaining enough and his oversized beard has only helped make him more popular in recent years.

9. Peyton Manning

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9. Peyton Manning

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If you just watched Manning play football, you wouldn't guess he has an interesting personality as well. However, through his appearances in various commercials and shows like Saturday Night Live, Manning's true and very funny colors have shown through.

8. Chad Ochocinco

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8. Chad Ochocinco

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Not only did the formerly named Chad Johnson change his name so that he was capable of putting what he wanted on the back of his jersey, but he also produced some of the best touchdown celebrations of all time. Sometimes, he planned celebrations in advance and the ones such as jumping into the Dog Pound in Cleveland will live forever in the minds of NFL fans.

7. Shaquille O'Neal

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7. Shaquille O'Neal

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Owner of various nicknames during his playing days, Shaq has continued to entertain since his retirement. Joining the NBA crew on TNT, his antics are some of the more entertaining bits in sports television today.

6. Bill Walton

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6. Bill Walton

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He may be extremely annoying as an announcer, but during his playing days and in interviews, he's so over the top that you can't help but be entertained. His passion shows through in his exaggerated hand gestures and exclamations he uses, but that only makes him more entertaining to the viewer.

5. Bob Uecker

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5. Bob Uecker

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Uecker is a legendary broadcaster and personality. He starred in the hit movie Major League and showed off his comic side. With so many years in the business, he's found ways to keep his audience entertained through his hilarious and random antics.

4. Yogi Berra

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4. Yogi Berra

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Yogi Berra-isms have become part of the baseball lexicon because of their hilarity and absurdity. His incredibly unique personality has produced such phrases as "it's de ja vu all over again" and "I want eight slices of pizza, I couldn't possibly eat 16." These and many more are part of the reason why this Hall of Fame catcher has stayed in the public eye for so long after his playing career.

3. Muhammad Ali

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3. Muhammad Ali

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During his peak, Muhammad Ali may have been the cockiest and most dominant athlete in his respective sport in history. He could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee and whenever the crowd needed entertainment, they knew they could count on Ali to provide it.

2. Dennis Rodman

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2. Dennis Rodman

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A multiple time NBA champion, cross dresser and friend of one of the most hated men on earth, Rodman is truly unique. From his hair color during his playing career to his visits to North Korea recently, Rodman continues to amaze sports fans around the country.

1. Charles Barkley

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1. Charles Barkley

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The star personality on TNT's NBA coverage, Sir Charles is entertaining in his opinions. Sometimes he says things he shouldn't, which entertain fans and worry his producers, but most of all just creates hilarious situations. In his playing career and now, he has been a treat to witness and on television, he seems like he's reaching his peak in terms of funny personality.