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15 Athletes Who Also Own Bars

15 Athletes Who Own Bars

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There are some pretty good ways to complement an athletic income, such as owning a restaurant or bar. Here are 15 former or current athletes who own restaurant bars around the country that are beloved by millions.

15. Wayne Gretzky

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15. Wayne Gretzky

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Wayne Gretzky's 99
Toronto, Ontario

The greatest player in NHL history now owns his own Canadian bar as well. Much like most athlete-owned establishments, it's an upscale operation.

14. Michael Jordan

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14. Michael Jordan

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Sol Torro Tequila Bar (and others)
Chicago, Ill.

Jordan is and always will be a legend in Chicago where he won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. He plays off that and does very well in the restaurant business in the city.

13. Mike Ditka

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13. Mike Ditka

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Ditka's
Chicago, Ill. and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ditka has the personality of a wise-guy bar owner, and he does very well for himself in the bar industry. His very nice locations in Chicago and Pittsburgh make him quite a bit.

12. Jerome Bettis

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12. Jerome Bettis

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Jerome Bettis Grille 26
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Like so many others, Bettis set up shop where he made his living as an athlete. "The Bus" has a very nice establishment where people can drink and enjoy a nice meal.

11. John Elway

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11. John Elway

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Elway's Downtown
Denver, Colo.

On top of running football operations of his former team, Elway also takes on a couple restaurant ventures. As the show "Bar Rescue" has shown us, it's not clear which is the harder job sometimes.

10. Magic Johnson

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10. Magic Johnson

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Magic's T.G.I. Friday's
Los Angeles, Calif.

Magic is a living legend in California, and he's taken advantage of that by buying up some T.G.I. Friday's and calling them Magic's T.G.I. Friday's. It's safe to say they do better than the normal chain.

9. Eddie George

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9. Eddie George

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Eddie George's Grille 27
Columbus, Ohio

The former Tennessee Titans star running back has a fine looking establishment set up in Ohio. In a new-age looking bar, there's plenty to eat and drink.

8. Mike Alstott

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8. Mike Alstott

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Island Way Grill
Clearwater, Fla.

The oceanfront property Alstott owns is state of the art. With a beautiful view and a cold drink in your hand, what could possibly go wrong?

7. Arnold Palmer

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7. Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Palmer's
La Quinta, Calif.

The legendary golfer has made his mark in a number of ways since his playing days have passed. This bar is one of those ways, so the only real question now is whether or not he serves his signature drink there.

6. Nate Kaeding

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6. Nate Kaeding

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Short's Burger and Shine
Iowa City, Iowa

Kaeding, who is from Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa, decided to return to his roots to open up a bar. I don't know if you've heard, but the Iowa Hawkeyes like to party so it's a good bet that business is good.

5. Yao Ming

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5. Yao Ming

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Yao Restaurant and Bar
Houston, Texas

One of the tallest players in NBA history, Yao Ming returned to where he became famous in Houston to open up a Chinese restaurant. It's a large operation with an open bar and plenty of traditional Chinese dishes.

4. Vince Young

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4. Vince Young

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Vince Young Steakhouse
Austin, Texas

Even though his NFL career didn't go according to plan, Texas Longhorns fans still love their former quarterback. They also tend to love steak, so it looks like Young should be in a good spot business-wise.

3. Brett Favre

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3. Brett Favre

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Brett Favre's Steakhouse
Green Bay, Wisc.

Even if Packers fans hated their former quarterback for a few years, they are now generally welcoming him back and his steakhouse is part of that. It's starting to become a staple of the community.

2. Joe Theismann

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2. Joe Theismann

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Joe Theismann's
Alexandria, Va.

Suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history didn't keep Theismann from opening up his own bar and grill. Filled with plenty of football memorabilia, the bar looks like a fun place to spend a weekend evening.

1. Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun

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1. Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun

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8 Twelve MVP Bar and Grill
Brookfield, Wisc.

The two Wisconsin athletes teamed up to form this beautifully-named bar in the state they've both made a living. Both have won an MVP in their respective sport, so if they have the same business sense as on-field sense, they should be doing very well for themselves.