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15 Athletes Who Deserve Their Own Circus Act

Athletes Who Belong in the Circus

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Some professional athletes put on a show at all times whether they intend to or not. We have seen a number of wild personalities in the sports world over the past few decades. Here's a look at 15 athletes who could easily run their own circus act.

15. Brian Wilson

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15. Brian Wilson

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Brian Wilson clearly craves the spotlight with his wild look, and undoubtedly exudes personality. Like him or not, he does well as the center of attention.

14. Jose Canseco

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14. Jose Canseco

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Jose Canseco's involvement with steroids during his career has led to a tell all book exposing teammates' usages, as well as congressional hearings. He's been a polarizing figure with his publicity stunts like 'celebrity boxing' as well. Canseco is a walking reality show.

13. Chad Johnson (Ochocinco)

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13. Chad Johnson (Ochocinco)

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You either love or hate Chad Johnson -- there is no in between. That said, his antics are incredibly entertaining and he is a genius at marketing himself.

12. Chris Andersen

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12. Chris Andersen

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'Birdman' is one of the most interesting personalities in sports. His brash appearance makes him the center of attention, but his rugged style of play also makes him a fun athlete to follow. Andersen is a bit of an enigma.

11. Manny Ramirez

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11. Manny Ramirez

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'Manny being Manny' clearly wore off in a hurry as soon as his production on the baseball field started to diminish. He's a polarizing figure who can undoubtedly entertain the masses no matter how annoying he gets.

10. Lance Armstrong

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10. Lance Armstrong

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Armstrong is followed around by controversy due to his involvement in doping. I'm pretty sure there are a ton of people who would love to see him atop the dunk tank at a carnival.

9. Tonya Harding

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9. Tonya Harding

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Tonya Harding is best known for the biggest figure skating scandal in the sports history. Harding and her associates had Nancy Kerrigan blasted in the knees and knocked out of competition. Like Jose Canseco, she has also dabbled in the embarrassing trend of celebrity boxing. Harding is entertaining to say the least.

8. Stephon Marbury

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8. Stephon Marbury

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Stephon Marbury exhibited a solid amount of bizarre behavior after he arrived in the NBA, including the infamous YouTube video where he was sobbing to music. Marbury undoubtedly deserves a reality show, and it would do very well.

7. Ryan Leaf

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7. Ryan Leaf

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Ryan Leaf was an unmitigated disaster in the NFL after carrying a ton of hype into the league as a stellar college player. He nearly attacked a group of fans more than once, and was known for cursing out reporters. Leaf is easily one of the biggest villains in professional sports history.

6. Terrell Owens

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6. Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens was an incredibly talented wide receiver. However, his bizarre, attention-craving antics are what he is remembered for more often than not. The incident where he was crying about his quarterback Tony Romo was one of the most fascinating moments in sports media history. T.O. knows how to steal a show.

5. Sean Avery

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5. Sean Avery

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Sean Avery is perhaps the most hated player in NHL history. He led the league in penalty minutes for more than one season in his career and was known for being suspended by his employers for insubordination. Avery also publicly insulted a former girlfriend, which did not help his reputation. Avery was a bit of a mess, but entertaining.

4. Tiger Woods

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4. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is possibly the most polarizing figure in sports history. His cheating scandal cemented his already suspect reputation as a shady fella, but the media couldn't get enough.

3. John Daly

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3. John Daly

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John Daly has clearly been one of the most strangely entertaining figures in sports history. His run-ins with the law and gambling issues played out in the public, which didn't help his reputation. Love him or hate him, you can't ignore the fact that Daly can be very entertaining.

2. Alex Rodriguez

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2. Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez's career in MLB has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. He's been involved in way too many lawsuits and scandals. However, it finally appears like Rodriguez has put his transgressions behind him, as he's having a wonderful season for the New York Yankees, and has stayed incredibly humble along the way.

1. Dennis Rodman

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1. Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman was a no-brainer to choose at the top of this list. He was an incredibly gifted basketball player, and even more talented at chaos. Rodman was walking insanity for most of his career, and hasn't changed very much since retiring.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.