By Jacob Kornhauser on July 28, 2014
Off the field, there are some athletes that are interesting characters. Part of that character stems from some strange hobbies that some great athletes have. These 20 athletes have some odd hobbies that you likely wouldn't expect them to have.
One of the top receivers in the NFL also enjoys carrying a Kodak in his hand. Assuming he has still hands based on his receiving career, he's probably a pretty good photographer.
Who would've thought a hard nosed linebacker like Lance Briggs would be into super heroes and comic books? Well, during the offseason especially, Briggs gets very involved with comic books including some charities that are associated with them.
The mailman apparently doesn't just deliver mail. Malone enjoys truck driving in his spare time and just likes the open road. Malone doesn't exactly seem like a prime candidate to be a truck driver, but the money he made during his career has given him the freedom to pursue just about whatever he wants.
Now that Arenas is out of the NBA, he has plenty of time on his hands. With all that time, he's decided to pursue high level cuisine. He reportedly enjoys hibachi cooking as that's the only thing on fire anymore since his NBA career tanked.
Schilling, a Red Sox legend, enjoys video games so much that he actually used to own his own video game company. Even though he lost that company when he filed for bankruptcy, he still is an avid fan of video games.
Kaman is actually a pretty predictable pyro. With his crazy personality, he might be someone to stay away from on the Fourth of July. On the other hand, he might be the very person you want to hang out with on that day.
As if Duncan didn't already seem like one of the nerdiest players in the NBA, his obsession with Dungeons and Dragons seals the deal. Whether he likes the strategy or all of the different characters, he's furthering his persona as a very nerdy basketball player.
When you think of rappers, the first person you think of is a Russian hockey player, right? Ovechkin is far from what you'd imagine as a rapper. That's not to say he's good. In fact, he's downright awful. However, that doesn't stop him from trying.
Robert Griffin III hasn't done a whole lot of winning on the field lately, but he does have some style. He enjoys wearing some very odd fashions of socks and doesn't mind showing that off to the media. Now he just needs to show off his talent once again for the Redskins to be relevant.
Shoe closets are usually reserved for women. That is, unless you're Joe Johnson. He has over 1,000 pairs of shoes, which he houses in a shoe closet that has fingerprint security, temperature control and an area for plenty of friends to hang out in. Johnson has even said he will nap in that room on occasion.
Ochocinco has tried plenty of different things in life including kicking an extra point in a preseason game and trying out for an MLS team. However, his strangest hobby is bull riding. Now that his NFL career appears to be over, he can ride bulls without worrying about injuring himself for football season.
One offseason, Shaq decided that he was a little bored, so what did he do? He became a cop in Miami. As if his off-the-court life wasn't weird enough already, he raised his public popularity even more after this strange stunt.
Portis was very entertaining as a player both on the field and off of it. His entertainment value on the field came in his ability to break a big play on any carry. Off the field, his entertainment value came in his ability to dress up as other versions of himself. His cooky disguises entertained the media and apparently represented all of his separate personas.
A once-great soccer player, apparently Beckham has taken up a new hobby. He enjoys fencing, which is a little more dangerous than soccer. Good thing fencers wear masks; it'd be a shame if Beckham's face got cut by a sword.
Rondo is speedy on a basketball court, but he's faster on wheels. In his free time, Rondo enjoys rollerskating and says that it makes him feel free. It seems odd based on his profession, but whatever floats his boat.
The legendary RB had quite the way of staying limber. As a gigantic back, Walker probably looked pretty comical in his ballet classes, but it did him some good as he enjoyed a stellar NFL career.
Jackson was the target of several teams in the MLB and NFL coming out of college at Auburn, but now his hobby involves shooting at a different target. The best two-sport athlete of all time enjoys archery as well as hunting, which traces back to his childhood when he would hunt for fun.
One of the best receivers of the generation, Moss doesn't like just racing down the field, but also racing on a track. He's taken a liking to NASCAR racing toward the end of his playing career, and actually has his own NASCAR team. He claims that he himself is a redneck and fits right into the sport.
For a tough and often-criticized boxer, Mike Tyson would be the last person thought to be fit to raise animals. However, he's known for raising pigeons consistently. No sane person would want to raise these birds, but then again it is Mike Tyson.
Deep sea diving is the last thing you'd expect one of the best golfers of all time to be doing. However, Tiger enjoys the ancient art of spearfishing in his down time. One can only wonder if he's been more successful in that sport than he has been in his own over the past three years.
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