Sports' Most Notorious Party Animals
Everybody loves a good party, but some people love them more than others. Athletes are often free spirits, and they usually have the resources to make sure everyone in the bar gets free spirits all night long.
It doesn't matter if they're in the club, at a bar or in a bowling alley, the party often follows them everywhere they go.
There is a very thin line for sports party animals to walk, though. One minute an image of a jock in a club creates an everyman persona to the public, and the next minute there are concerns about the same athlete's maturity and self-control.
Some of the guys in this slideshow have been on both sides of that line. In any case, they know how to have a ball when they go out.
If Alexander Ovechkin wasn't one of the best players in the NHL, I'm convinced he'd be an influential and eccentric drummer for a popular band.
Facially, he looks like the lovechild of Russell Brand and Richard Kiel, but that hasn't affected Ovie's swag. From the looks of him in the video above, he is just as comfortable on stage—without a mic—as he is on the ice.
Ovechkin is guest DJ'ing in the video, which he does periodically. During the offseason, Ovechkin returns home to Russia and presumably continues to enjoy himself thoroughly.
The gut he's been known to start training camp with may be a product of his offseason routine.
If this were a rankings list, there is no doubt Dennis Rodman would be No. 1 or No. 2. But since this is more of an “in no particular order” sort of thing, The Worm fits in right here.
The image pictured is one of the more mild pics you can find of Rodman on the Internet. There are plenty of examples of The Worm dressed as a bride, shirtless, in crazy outfits, hanging with strippers or even conducting "peace talks" with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
In every one of those instances, you can almost bet that a drink is either in the photo or somewhere close by. The Worm parties harder than just about any athlete you’ll ever see.
Any athlete caught in a picture holding a beer bong like he's the supervisor of the device has earned a spot in this slideshow. He looks like an extra from the movie Old School in the picture above.
Some may even argue that Leinart's anti-Russell Wilson approach to learning his craft is the reason he never fulfilled the promise he had at USC.
Nonetheless, Leinart has seemingly had a ball the whole time.
The best thing about Andrew Bynum's partying ways is that it seems he's not even aware that he's partying. At 25 years old, Bynum's decision-making is very much like that of a teenager whose frontal lobe isn't completely developed.
The very talented big man has had his share of "what were you thinking" moments. And many of them have come off of the court in public places.
As ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard reported last year, while supposedly nursing two bad knees to health, Bynum re-aggravated one of the injuries while bowling.
After missing all of this past season, he probably should have been rehabbing the knee—or at least pretending to be. He was a free agent after all.
Instead, he was caught on video doing a weird version of the salsa...in Spain.
He's the big guy either trying to kill a roach, impersonating James Brown or both.
Allegedly, this image of a man dressed like a hardcore fan of the novel 50 Shades of Gray is former major leaguer Pat Burrell. As SF Weekly blogger Joe Eskenazi summed up from various reports, Burrell was impersonating the character The Machine from the movie 8MM.
That could be the case, but this guy looks incredibly comfortable in character, wouldn't you say? This looks like a happy place for him, not a prank.
While the mask obviously conceals the guy's true identity, Burrell's reputation as a ladies man precedes him. Even when he decided to hang up his spikes—not the ones that go with this outfit, the baseball shoes—he had to cop a feel in a photo with a beautiful girl at his retirement party.
It seems you never know what you're going to get from Pat "The Bat" Burrell.
For the life of me, I'll never understand what Vince Young is doing in this picture.
Why is he so sweaty? Why does he have that weird look on his face? Why are there other shirtless sweaty people in such close proximity to him?
I truly hope this club had proper ventilation. Things could have gotten very funky that night—and not in a good way.
Young has earned the reputation of an out-of-control party animal. It's not just the damp evening pictured above that warrants Young's place on the list.
Perhaps the most telling event happened when Young reportedly took out a $300,000 loan to throw himself a birthday party in 2011. What kind of party costs $300K?
I sure hope he had a wishing well or something to help him recover some of his funds. At least the sweaty party looked cheap.
Who said Tiger Woods was a recluse? Woods may not frequent the party scene, but he proved in May of 2013 that when he does go out, he channels his inner J-Kwon.
I'm not sure if everybody in the club was tipsy, but according to US Weekly's Justin Ravitz, Woods sure was. The report says the 37-year-old golf legend alternately fell, swayed and stared blankly into the night.
From the moment Joakim Noah was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, anyone who wasn't familiar with his free spirit found out when they saw his draft-night attire.
If that isn't an image of a man looking for a party, I don't know what is.
Noah plays hard and parties at a level that is at least comparable.
Where do you begin when talking about the partying exploits of Rob Gronkowski? This video of him "dancing" above is as good a place to start as any. At some point in the video, he starts to do his version of the running man—or maybe he's just a man running in place.
I'm not sure what he's doing, and quite frankly, Gronk probably isn't either. But it looks like he had fun.
If the video above was the only example of Gronk going wild, it could be seen as an aberration. But it's just one of many. The one below is especially noteworthy, because Redfoo of LMFAO brings Gronk on stage to display his "dancing" skills.
The injured New England Patriots tight end emerges with a cast on his broken arm. He "dances" and then lifts his brother with the very arm that caused him to miss five regular-season games and all of the postseason in 2012.
Somehow, this doesn't seem like the Patriot way.