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Athletes In Hollywood

Athletes try to make it big in Hollywood. Some good, some bad...some ugly!

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    Apparently one of Shaquille O'Neal's three wishes wasn't that his 1996 film Kazaam would be a hit. On the other hand, the rest of the world will always be able to laugh at the idea of a seven-foot-tall genie.
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    Dennis Rodman: "The Worm" joined hard-hitting Frenchman Jean-Claude van Damme in Double Team. Conveniently for the studio, Rodman brought his own wardrobe to the set.
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    Michael Irvin: Even in retirement Michael Irvin manages to embarrass himself. Irvin starred as "Deacon Moss" - a trash talking wide receiver (go figure) on a football squad composed of prison inmates in The Longest Yard.
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Who can forget Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the aloof pilot "Roger Murdock" in the 1980's classic Airplane!?
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    O.J. Simpson: The great "Not Guilty" shows that he has moves on and off the field in his infamous (and really bad) Hertz commercials.
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    David Robinson: Lil' Bow Wow takes it to the rack with authority against ex-NBA great David Robinson in Like Mike.
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    Jim Brown: Steelers great Jim Brown took his hard-hitting licks to the big screen as a Martian-killer in Tim Burton's 1996 sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!
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    Antonio Tarver: Narrowly beating a washed-up "Italian Stallion" in Rocky Balboa does not make Antonio Tarver a classy actor. True boxing fans should hope he doesn't think it's always that easy to get a victory in the ring.
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    Karl Malone: "The Mail Man" aptly decided to work on a Sunday, delivering this crushing boot to the face of Hollywood Hulk Hogan during a high-impact WCW "Bash at the Beach."
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    Roger Clemens: "Roy Munson" (Woody Harrelson) and "Ernie McCraken" (Bill Murray) were a hit in the epic bowling comedy Kingpin. But who can forget Roger Clemens as the hillbilly "Skidmark"?
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    Michael Jordan: MJ had way too much free time on his hands after his first NBA exodus. He soon decided to hoop it up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Toon Squad in the kid flick Space Jam. To make matters worse, he dragged a slew of his NBA buddies (Barkley, Ewing, and Vlade Divac) into the film as well.
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    Known for his lightning quick speed and twinkle toes in the ring, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a train wreck on "Dancing with the Stars." Needless to say the "Pretty Boy" was no Emmitt Smith.
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    Mike Ditka: Who knew Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka was so passionate about youth soccer until he teamed up with Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall in the 2005 comedy Kicking and Screaming.
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    Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant enlisted the help of several superstars to get his rap career off the ground. But even with the help of Tyra Banks and 50 Cent, Kobe's rhymes were as fake as his Aston Martin leap.
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    Deion Sanders: With wack hit songs such as "Must Be the Money" and "Prime Time Keeps on Ticking," it's no wonder Deion Sanders' former coaches were begging him to hang up his golden mike.
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    Dan Marino: Who could forget Dan Marino being kidnapped in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Good thing Ace was there to save the day...and the dolphin.
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    Lennox Lewis: Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis tried his hand at the business world on Trump's reality TV hit "The Apprentice." It should be noted that Lewis was much better in the ring opposite "Iron Mike" than in a suit opposite "The Donald."
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    Tony Parker: If Tony Parker is the best rap artist the NBA has to offer, then NBA stars should keep their game on the hardwood.
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    Bob Uecker: This famous MLB announcer and ex-player finally got some screen time in Major League. Ah, who are we kidding? Uecker was great. "Just a bit outside. Tried the corner and missed."
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    Bubba Smith: Bubba will always get more requests for autographs for his football days than for his acting career. His most noteworthy role was as "Sgt. Moses Hightower" in the many Police Academy farces.
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    John Madden: Coach Madden really got the youngsters psyched for some pigskin in Little Giants. If only Madden could bring the "Annexation of Puerto Rico" to the NFL.
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    Wayne Gretzky: Mr. 99 lends an acting hand in D2: The Mighty Ducks, helping the Ducks "quack" their way to victory.
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    Joe Namath: Following a glorious NFL career - and not so glorious TV commercials - Joe Namath tried his hand at a few sitcoms as well. Namath starred on the "Brady Bunch." And as if that wasn't enough, he later decided to tough it out with the guys from "The A-Team".
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    Allen Iverson: A.I.'s rap alter-ego "Jewelz" came to light in the explicit lyrics of his song "40 Bars." Fans were enraged by the content and protested against his album. A full CD was never released.
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    Reggie Jackson: Although the great Reggie Jackson is better remembered for his role as a major leaguer programmed to kill Queen Elizabeth II in Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, Jackson also showed fans his lighter side in the 2006 comedy The Benchwarmers.