18 Pics of Athletes Looking Jacked

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

18 Pics of Athletes Looking Jacked

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    It's easy for us sports fans to sit on our couch or in the stands and admire what some of our favorite players are doing, but it's only natural to wonder if we could hold our own against the world's top athletes.

    While we may be fast, agile or strong, the moment these guys flex to expose just how jacked they are is the moment that any thoughts of competing against them should diminish.

    And since these dudes are ridiculously swole, here are a few pics that prove it.

Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre might not be in the NFL anymore, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from training as if he is.

    Photographed last month, the ol' gunslinger appears as if he's set to make another comeback—as a defensive lineman.

Sydney Leroux

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    Many sports fans probably don't think about soccer players as being jacked up—unless, of course, you've seen Cristiano Ronaldo bare some skin after a few goals.

    And while male soccer stars are often forgotten about, female stars like Sydney Leroux remind fans that they, too, have some muscle.

    The sultry Sydney might not have muscles popping out everywhere, but she proves to be toned and cut.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    The guy's profession is professional boxer, so of course Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to have a few more muscles showing than the rest of us.

    And although he's shown flexing and showing off his arms and chest during a weigh-in for a fight, "Money" reminded everyone on his Instagram account that he's got strength in his back, too.

Laird Hamilton

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    He may have just turned 50 years old, but pro surfing legend Laird Hamilton still has that damn vein running down his arm.

    Yeah, that means that he's jacked—as you can see from this photo.

    Seeing how surfing is like a form of yoga on a board, it's no wonder Laird stays ripped.

Vernon Davis

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    As you'll see from some of his San Francisco 49ers teammates included in this piece, tight end Vernon Davis makes me wonder if there's something in the water in the Bay Area.

    Considering Davis is as cut up as a pro bodybuilder, whoever gets paid to be a trainer for this team seems to be doing a good job, because Davis—and most of his mates—are insanely jacked.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

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    No joke, I'd actually be nervous leading British sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey during a race for the fact that his massive self is hunting me down—because the guy is insanely cut.

    Looking more like a football player than a track star, Aikines-Aryeetey also acts as a fitness consultant when not prepping for competitions.

    Yeah, most people should listen closely to his training tips.

Rob Terry

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    To call TNA wrestler and pro bodybuilder Rob Terry a meathead would be appropriate—it's just, should he take exception, one would risk getting their brain pounded in.

    Still, he gets paid to destroy competitors in both the ring and in the weight room, so of course the guy has muscles most of us didn't even know existed.

Colin Kaepernick

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    He's one of the most popular young quarterbacks the NFL has right now, but the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick also looks like he was built to be something other than a signal-caller.

    That's because his physique is insane.

    And when you add in his speed, Kap is probably in better shape than most wide receivers in the league.

Reggie Bush

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    Look, I'm not sure if this photo of Reggie Bush was enhanced to make him appear stronger or not, but based off some of his other Instagram pics, Bush has proven that it's probably au naturel.

    He may take some knocks and has endured some injuries in his career, but built the way he is, it's easy to see why Reggie bounces back.

Ronda Rousey

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    I'm not sure if it's right to admit or not, but screw it—MMA fighter Ronda Rousey scared the crap out of me.

    Known for beating her opponents with a killer arm bar most matches, Rousey shows that she can withstand a few hits with that body of hers—which seems to be chiseled with a mallet.

Patric Young

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    While this photo of outgoing Florida Gator basketball player Patric Young shows just how scary the dude is when fired up during a game, the dude is just as intimidating in the one above.

    Cut from the same mold as, I don't know, a Greek god, Young looks more like a football player than a basketball player—with Young flashing some skills before last season.

Adrian Peterson

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    He's the most punishing running back in the league, so it's no wonder that the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson is built like a rock beneath his pads.

    This video shows "AD" training and working out—which every dude should try to duplicate—but his cover for Muscle & Fitness mag a few years ago gives an even better idea of why no defensive back wants to take him down.

Dwight Howard

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    Houston Rockets All-Star center Dwight Howard is quite the freak of nature.

    On top of having some of the broadest shoulders in the league, the guy mixes together a blend of strength, power and quickness, making him nearly impossible to completely shut down.

    And it's that strength and power that he shows off here.

Lolo Jones

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    I shouldn't have to explain why I—or any other guy—has a crush on two-sport Olympic athlete Lolo Jones.

    With looks, personality and skill, she seems to be the perfect package.

    And then you take a look at that body she has, and it becomes even more clear—especially after she packed on 20 pounds of muscle for the Winter Olympics as a bobsledder.

Patrick Willis

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    The sad thing is, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis probably isn't even intentionally trying to look jacked in this photo.

    While the guy seems to display his muscles about 100 times a game after making a big play, even when Willis is walking around in a simple t-shirt, the dude proves that he's cut up.

LeBron James

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    When a dude is 6'8", 240 pounds and as chiseled as LeBron James is, he's going to show it off at times.

    And while James will occasionally remind us all that he's a beast who has the speed of a Ferrari and the power of a Mack truck, he often just lets his opponents feel the brunt of his strength.

    Still, he'll flex every once in awhile as a sign to say, "Look, there's honestly no stopping me."

Herschel Walker

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    As pointed out with a few other older guys in this piece—Brett Favre and Laird Hamilton—Herschel Walker may just be the biggest beast on the planet.

    On top of his 12-year football career, Walker now has stepped into the ring as an MMA fighter, meaning he's not your average 52-year-old.

    Based off him looking cut the hell up, that's easy to see.

LaRon Landry

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    Admitting that the gym his is sanctuary, Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry isn't shy about showing the work he puts in on the weights—just check the dude's Instagram account.

    Seriously, if you had no idea that he played football, assuming he was either a MMA fighter, bodybuilder or bouncer would be a pretty good guess.