The 20 Most Insane Sports Shrines
We all know there's certain fans out there who love their team and hometown heroes a little bit more than the average person. While it's completely cool to look up to or admire an athlete, we tend to think putting a poster on your wall or wearing his or her jersey is enough of a sign of respect.
Looks like we're dead wrong.
Thanks to one New York City-based Subway, the supporters everywhere have been trying to play catch-up to how much a person can admire a player, after they created a meat-sculpture meant to resemble Robert Griffin III. Don't get us wrong, RGIII is dope, but a bust made of meat? That's a little much.
Apparently, Subway aren't the only fans who think this is atypical though. Here are some others who just can't get by with a t-shirt to show their ultimate love and instead go beyond the call of duty with some serious shrines.
20. Matt Bonner Shaved Head
Matt Bonner is a cult hero amongst fans. So after 12-year-old Patrick Gonzalez got suspended and forced to fully shave his head, the Spurs gave him and his family tickets to a playoff game against the Clippers earlier this year. See, sometimes shrines do get recognized!
19. Mike Napoli Buzzed Head
Mike Napoli had a big postseason for the Rangers last year and to show support, this guy wanted to show the world just how much he enjoyed it.
We can handle a 12-year-old with a Matt Bonner haircut? But a grown-ass man with one? Not so much...
18. Peyton Manning Corn Maze
There's always a debate whether Peyton Manning's the best quarterback of his time. While we may never truly know the answer, we do know there's no other signal-caller who's had an entire corn field cropped in his honor.
Wonder what he'll be more proud of, a bust in Canton, or this?
17. Cleveland Browns Bus
It's pretty tough to be a Browns fan - we have first-hand experience - but just because the team's no good, doesn't mean you can't have fun supporting them each week. We'd say this bus goes above and beyond the call of a normal fan's duty.
16. Ndamukong Suh Subway Bust
Just like RGIII's monster meat bust, the behemoth D-Tackle from the Lions had a similar honor thrown his way by Subway before his rookie season. Looks like he was eating more than just quarterback's before his career even started!
15. Air Jordan Shoe Shrine
We've had a number of Air Jordan's in our lifetime, and each time we've dropped over $100 on some high tops, we can't help but regret it. So when you have every pair, with limited released styles, you know you're a fan.Hey, everyone needs a hobby... this is just one very expensive one.
14. Michael Phelps Shrine
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever, so who wouldn't want to build a shrine in his honor? It may not be as elaborate as some of the others on our list, but it's more than you've done, so it deserves a mention.
13. Fenway Park Replica
Boston fans are some of the most diehard in sports, so it's no surprise that the hallowed grounds of their beloved Fenway Park got a shout out from one fan who built a replica in his backyard. And you thought hitting a bomb over the Green Monster was tough.
12. Stevie Johnson Tattoo
Stevie Johnson is a good, young receiver, but we're not sure he's the first guy we'd think of if we're permanently going to have something on our arm.
Oh well, at least this dude got to meet Stevie and made it onto his Twitter.
11. Kobe Bryant Haircut
In our opinion, the Mamba's the greatest player on the planet right now, so if you're going to get something that looks absolutely ridiculous for a couple months, we'd say having a five-time NBA champ on the back of your head would be the way to go.
10. Steelers Basement Shrine
The Steelers are one of the most storied an successful sports franchises in history, but to save everything that you've ever experienced while watching them? That's a little weird.
Oh well, more power to this guy for never wasting a memory!
9. CJ Spiller Subway Bust
Before this year, Spiller was a rotational guy who saw action as a change-of-pace back, so to see he had a Subway bust like RGIII and Ndamukong Suh was a little surprising. Who knows whether or not he'll end up in Canton someday, so it's better to have at least one bust portraying you while you can!
8. Emmitt Smith Chocolate Bust
The NFL's all-time leading rusher got a chocolate bust to match the one he has sitting in the halls in Canton.
And while that's pretty sweet (get it?), we're guessing the bronze one in reward of his playing days actually tastes just a little bit better.
7. Sports Commentators Cheese Busts
We love FOX's NFL coverage as much as the next guy. And we really love cheese. But to have them go together is a little odd. At the very least, you can say Bradshaw, JB, Ronnie Lott and Howie Long are sharp... or extra sharp, even!
6. Tony Parker Haircut
People in San Antonio really love their Spurs. Winning five titles over a 13-year period will do that. With the emergence of Tony Parker over the past several years, who can argue with a haircut displaying numero nueve's face? We know we can't!
5. Brett Keisel Tattoo
With a beard hairier than Grizzly Adams,' Keisel's a man amongst boys. Just from looking at him, you imagine that he excels at chopping wood, drinking beer and playing football.
Mad props to this fan who thought enough of him to get a tat on his arm. We bet just flexing scares off dudes, while attracting the ladies.
4. LeBron James Tattoo
As a true Clevelander, we can't help but still be sick about the way LBJ left our Cavs high and dry, but for one fan, it doesn't matter what Bron Bron does, because he's of stuck with "The Chosen One's" mug on his calf.
Our favorite part is his reaction. Yeah bro, it's kind of a big deal.
3. Lego Yankee Stadium
We already showed you how BoSox fans get down by building a wiffle ball version of Fenway in their backyard, but Yanks fans like to keep things a little more subtle. We had trouble building the darn lego car, we couldn't imagine even attempting this!
2. Tim Tebow Billboard
It's obnoxious how much people love Tim Tebow, but it was tough to exclude him from this list. A tat that lasts for ever is one thing, but dropping $10,000 to show your city how much you love your backup quarterback is another.
Now if only he knew how to actually play quarterback...
1. Bacon Lombardi Trophy
Okay, so a Lombardi Trophy made from bacon might not be a shrine, per se, but paying homage to the country's most obsessed-over sport's championship trophy can't be ignored. Add in the fact it's made of deliciously greasy bacon? It's just that much better.
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