Athletes Who Work Hard and Play Hard

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterSeptember 18, 2012

Athletes Who Work Hard and Play Hard

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    Work hard, play hard. The title says everything. 

    Some athletes head home after games to kick back with the wife and kids and have a little family time. Ya know, the Drew Brees types. Football, family and philanthropy. You aren't likely to see Brees partying with a stripper at a club in Las Vegas. 

    But not every athlete is Drew Brees. Some enjoy to spending their downtime engaging in less wholesome activities and who can blame them? They're young, rich and attract women like honey attracts bears. 

    Here are 10 athletes who work hard and play hard. 

10. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

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    Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has always seemed just a little more interested in his celebrity than in playing football. He used to date Kim Kardashian, for heaven's sake. 

    Bush may not have been playing in the Super Bowl in 2011, but that didn't stop him from enjoying some beverages at the Grey Goose lounge with Vinnie Chase (Adrien Grenier of Entourage).

9. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

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    Yankees legend Derek Jeter may not have a realist shot at Pete Rose's hits record, but something tells me that isn't keeping the Jeet up at nights. He's doing just fine, thank-you-very-much.

    Jeter is one of the highest paid athletes in professional sports and has bedded some of the most beautiful women in the world. Plus, did Sean Combs attend your birthday party?

8. Rory McIlroy, PGA Golfer

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    Listen, if you think that all Rory McIlroy has to do these days is play golf and chide Tiger Woods publicly, think again. McIlroy is and Irishman and he knows how to keep a full schedule away from the green. 

    Rory has been dating Danish tennis beauty Caroline Wozniacki since mid-2011 and the two of them have been painting almost every town in the world red ever since. He also makes time for a little brew bro time too, as you can see. 

7. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

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    Maybe it's the hair, but the Bulls Joakim Noah just looks like a guy who knows how to party. Thankfully we don't have to go on looks alone, because that would just be bad journalism. 

    Noah is a regular on the social scene in Chicago, routinely skips NBA All-Star weekend to do his own thing and is likely the type of guy who will never outgrow a good game of beer pong. 

    He has also defended the partying habits of the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane who narrowly missed this list thanks to a certain partying Russian sensation. 

6. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

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    There has been endless discussion about whether the Penguins' Sidney Crosby or the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin is more talented. Let's just say that everyone is entitled to their opinion and end all that nonsense.  

    The one issue not up for debate is who is the hardier partier—it's Ovechkin by a mile. He might not have a Stanley Cup or an Olympic gold medal, but he has scored with more blonde chicks and drank more vodka than Crosby could ever hope to in a lifetime. 

    Ovi is currently settled down with a fellow Russian, beautiful blonde tennis player Maria Kirilenko, but time will tell how long he can resist playing the field. 

5. Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants

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    Giants pitcher Brian Wilson showed up to the 2011 ESPY awards dressed in a spandex tuxedo and carrying a fashion cane. One would have thought that would be tough to top, but he showed up to the 2012 ESPY awards with Bigfoot. 

    Wilson obviously knows how to have a good time. He certainly had a good time at his 29th birthday party in Scottsdale. Everyone knows that a party's greatness is measured by the number of hot broads in spandex. 

4. Ryan Lochte, Olympic Swimmer

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    American swimmer Ryan Lochte may not have the natural talent and abilities of one Michael Phelps, but he did walk away from the 2012 Olympics in London with a pretty impressive medal haul. He failed to win gold in two events in which he was favored, but still added five overall medals to his collection. 

    Lochte may have missed out on gold in a couple of individual races, but if a gold medal was given for partying your a** off in London, Lochte would have been a lock. America's dumbest Olympian was spotted all over London with a bevy of beautiful women after his events were over. 

3. Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., Boxer

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    I guess we know why Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s nickname is "Money" now. Apparently it's because he burns $100 bills at parties in Las Vegas. Personally, I could think of a better use of $100, but I guess that's why I'm not Floyd Mayweather. 

    Floyd Money parties as hard as he boxes, but that is bound to happen when you're living in Sin City. 

2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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    During the 2011 NFL season Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski almost single-handedly redefined the position. After battling with the Saints' Jimmy Graham all season, it was Gronk who broke the NFL's single season record for yards by a tight end. 

    If there's one thing that Gronk does better than catch passes from Tom Brady, it's take his shirt off and party, even though he has his shirt on in this photo. But you know when he didn't have his shirt on? When he spent the night dancing away after the Pats lost the Super Bowl in 2012. 

    Whatever, though. You gotta let Gronk be Gronk. 

1. Mario Balotelli, Manchester United

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    All the tales you've heard of the wild antics of Manchester City's most unpredictable character Mario Balotelli are true. He's only 22-years-old and has already lived the life of 20 men, one of which set off a bunch of fireworks in his own bathroom. 

    So it's probably no surprise that Balotelli also likes to take his shirt off, sag his jeans to reveal his Emporio Armani underwear, drink champagne straight from the bottle and smoke a shisha pipe out at the club while surrounded by beautiful blondes.