5 Athletes Who Should've Stuck to Being Athletes

George Halim@@GeorgeH66Correspondent IIAugust 5, 2012

5 Athletes Who Should've Stuck to Being Athletes

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    Professional athletes are great at what they do.

    That doesn't necessarily mean they're going to be great at everything else they do. But alas, they never seem to understand that. In the following slideshow, we're going to look at athletes who tried to become a notch better than the average superstar. For some of them it worked out—for others, not so much.

    Because at the end of the day, being a superstar athlete just isn't enough.

Ryan Braun

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    Ryan Braun is a phenomenal baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers, plain and simple. He was an MVP in the not-so-distant past, amidst rumors of taking steroids.

    He should stick to being a baseball player instead of creating a t-shirt line called REMETEE (pronounced like "remedy"). It looks more like the reincarnation of Ed Hardy's clothing line, but it doesn't stop him from showing it off. In the future he wants to expand into the blazers and jeans market, but I think he should expand on his MVP season instead, and just play baseball.

Ryan Braun (again)

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    Not only is he into the t-shirt making business, but Ryan Braun is also the proud owner of Ryan Braun's Graffito, a restaurant located in Milwaukee. If you're in that area of Wisconsin, drop by, take a look and tell me what you think, because the only way I can gauge the place is by the main website.

    Which looks like it was picked from an eight-year-old coloring contest.

Shaquille O'Neal

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    When he wasn't obliterating everything in his path in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal appeared in his occasional television stints, such as My Wife and Kids. When I was younger, I remember Shaq based on one thing—and no, it wasn't his horrible free-throw shooting.

    It was Kazaam, a 1996 kids comedy that scarred my childhood. The cover of the movie says it all.

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)

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    Prior to his elbow throwing and name change, Metta World Peace released an album as Ron Artest titled "My World." It's one thing when an athlete tries to act, but when they seriously try to make a rap album, it's another story altogether.

    World Peace didn't try, he did. And for only $11.58 on Amazon, you could be the proud owner of this fine (World) peace of work. Bad pun, I know.

Dwayne Johnson

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    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The first thing that comes to mind is wrestling, but that's not the beginning of sports for him. Johnson actually used to be a half-decent football player, winning a national championship with the University of Miami in 1991, but he was injured halfway through that season and replaced by, wait for it... Warren Sapp.

    After that, he was on the practice squad for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, although he was on the roster for four games. The following season, he was released. 

    Dwayne Johnson now makes a living as an actor, starring in movies such as The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King and even child-friendly movies such as The Gameplan.

    Looking back on it, he should have stuck to football instead of being The Tooth Fairy.

Honorable Mention: Bob Uecker

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    I throw Bob Uecker in here because although he was a Major League Baseball catcher, he's also a hilarious actor.

    He's most well known for being the pessimist color-commentator of the woeful Cleveland Indians in the films Major League and Major League 2. His sarcasm in his acting reflects the way he truly is in person, and he's one of the few athletes who managed to pull off acting in the same bit.