Is there anything better than a star athlete randomly walking into a movie or show? I submit there is not.
Athletes trying to act are so innocent and eager to please. You can tell that performing on camera makes them far more nervous than competing in sports, and most of them are scared witless by the prospect of screwing it up.
Even better, athletes doing cameos tend to have less than vital roles—hence the cameo part. Most of their appearances are born when a producer friend asks if they wanted to be in [movie/TV show/project], and some writer is forced to shoehorn them into the preexisting script.
Paradoxically, these elements contribute to making surprise athlete cameos some of the most satisfying and memorable moments. The following are 21 of the best surprise athlete cameos.
We didn't see them coming, but our inner fan is so glad they stepped up and answered the call.