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#TBT Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterJune 26, 2014

#TBT Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Hashtags come and go, but a few stick around because they truly bring out the awesome from the bazillion bite-sized inhabitants of the social media universe. 

    I'm talking about those pound-sign-preceded gems that can be counted on to supply an almost endless supply of hilarious words and images on Twitter and Instagram.

    A perfect example? #TBT, or "Throwback Thursday."

    Mankind is sitting on a gold mine of awkward, irony-drenched or just plain amazing photos from back in the day—glamour shots filled with glowing edges and pensive stares; rat-tailed mullets and Bugle Boy apparel.

    What better way to foist your Kid 'n Play-inspired flattop on the masses than via #TBT?

    And for sports fans, #TBT is a great way to see your favorite athletes show off the best of their out-of-style, but far from out-of-mind looks from yesteryear. 

     

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays in the NFL and was cut from the Eagles for "football reasons," not because he's in a gang. Allegedly. 

Answer: DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @0ne0fone

    Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is actually surprisingly recognizable as his childhood self. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays in the NBA, in Detroit, and was drafted in 2013. 

Answer: Peyton Siva, Detroit Pistons

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @peypeysiva

    Peyton Siva is a point guard on the Pistons, which is all I know about him, despite following him on Instagram. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He’s very large and plays in the NFL as a nose tackle/defensive end in the nation’s capital. 

Answer: Chris Baker, Washington Redskins

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @bigbake92

    Apparently, Redskins big man Chris Baker was born with a football in his hands! He also started eating bone-in chicken at a very, very young age. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays in MLB, in the Midwest, and he’s rapidly approaching his 39th birthday, which is next month. 

Answer: Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @tnutts48

    Although he and the Tigers didn’t make it to the World Series last season, Torii Hunter was involved in a play that was even more memorable than the ALCS itself. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He is an NFL linebacker for a team in Pennsylvania that is not the Steelers, and he was drafted out of Cal in the second round of the 2012 draft. 

Answer: Mychal Kendricks, Philadelphia Eagles

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @mykey_k

    Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks seems to be settling nicely in Philadelphia and looks like he may be in line to take over DeMeco Ryan’s job. 

     

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays cornerback in the NFL for a team that wears purple but isn’t the Vikings, and he was drafted out of Nicholls State in 2009. 

Answer: Lardarius Webb, Baltimore Ravens

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @l_webb21

    Judging by his sharp look as a child, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is obviously one cool customer. Except when dealing with new teammate and noted agitator Steve Smith, whom he recently got into a “scuffle” with.

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: This guy plays in the NBA and has a formidable beard. ‘Nuff said. 

Answer: James Harden, Houston Rockets

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @jharden13

    Rockets shooting guard James Harden is pretty much unrecognizable from the baby-faced tween in that #TBT photo. If you’re reading this and Harden has been shipped off to the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, my bad. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays wide receiver in the NFL for a team in Ohio that wears orange, and he was drafted out of Rutgers in the third round of the 2012 draft. 

Answer: Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @king_sanu_12

    Bengals wideout Mohamed Sanu, in addition to having been a ridiculous adorable child, is expected to have a greatly expanded role in Cincinnati this season. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: He plays in the NBA for a team that may or may not have just won a championship (but they definitely did), and his last name is obviously Green. 

Answer: Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs

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    Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @greenranger14

    Well, that one wasn’t much of a surprise, and we’ve actually got a couple of easier ones ahead. San Antonio shooting guard Danny Green was a very formidable force in the Spurs' recent championship run. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: Ahhhhh! This is one of the cutest and most hilariously retro school pictures ever. This guy was a first-round draft pick out of Penn State in 2010, and he plays defensive tackle for an NFL team that is known for abusing rookies.  

Answer: Jared Odrick, Miami Dolphins

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @jaredodrick98

    And it’s not just the rest of the team that enjoys abusing rookies; last year, the Dolphins’ Jared Odrick made news when he tweeted about a lavish dinner at which the rookies picked up the $30,000 tab. Yikes. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: The famously portly Prince is a second-generation star in MLB. 

Answer: Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

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    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @officialprince84

    The big news in the world of Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is that apparently he’s going to be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue this year. Apparently, Fielder is one of the “Bodies We Want” now that he's dropped all that weight.  

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: Okay. I tried to find athletes with nondescript Instagram names to make this more of a game, but passing up on this photo of Kevin Love as Peter Pan was just impossible. 

Answer: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Rocky Widner/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @kevinlove

    Oh the suspense! The real suspense is waiting around to see what team he is going to be traded to this offseason—if that ever actually happens, of course. Although, now that LeBron James is on the market, the opportunity to acquire Kevin Love is just a little less shiny.

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: That’s one intense little mana man who plays in the NFL in a city with a very famous bridge and a notoriously cantankerous coach. 

Answer: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @kingcrab15

    Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree is known for being pretty intense on the field—at least when Richard Sherman’s around—but it seems he’s got a lighter side. Recently, Crabs did a pretty hysterical Jim Harbaugh impression at a youth football camp. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: This guy is a four-time MLB All-Star and the NL batting champion in 2011. He plays for a team whose mascot is a bird that is not a Cardinal or Oriole. 

Answer: Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Instagram ID: @lamelaza_7

    Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes looks kind of like a hostage in his childhood photo, but he has grown up into a success and well-adjusted man. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: This guy plays in the NFL as a linebacker. And although he went undrafted out of Kent State in 2002, he went on to become one of the most feared players in the game. 

Answer: James Harrison, NFL Free Agent

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    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @jharrison9292

    Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison is currently unemployed and looking for a job, because last season he decided to leave Pittsburgh out of spite and was cut by the Bengals in early 2014. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: Though he lifted the nickname of hockey star Sidney Crosby, this “Sid the Kid” actually plays in the NFLsometimes, when he’s not injured or dealing with migraines. 

Answer: Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

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    Rich Schultz/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @sidthekid18

    Though Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has been seriously hampered by injuries during his NFL career, he’s recently become the proud owner of a Fresh Healthy Vending franchise and a chicken-wings shop. It’s probably for the best that he’s planning for a life after football. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: Another photo that was just too good to pass up, despite C.J. Wilson’s name being spelled out on the slide. His Top Gun look is seriously on point. 

Answer: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Sarah Glenn/Getty Images

    Instagram ID: @cjwilsonphoto

    Huzzah! It’s Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson, and he’s a serious letdown compared to the young Maverick in the making we saw in the last photo. 

Who Did This Little Kid Grow Up to Be?

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    Hint: This guy went to USC…where he played safety…before declaring for the draft after his junior season…

Seriously! Who Is This Kid?!?

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    Hint: He declared for the draft on the advice of his agent on 2014. Although he went undrafted, he was eventually signed by the Super Bowl champs. 

Answer: Dion Bailey, Seattle Seahawks

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Instagram ID: @dbailey_18

    Listen, Dion Bailey is obviously under the radar right now, but his childhood photos are proof-positive that he’s a superstar in the making. I mean seriously! How amazing were those? It’s clear the Pete Carroll knows what he’s doing up in Seattle, so it’s hard to imagine you’ve seen the last of Mr. Bailey. 

     

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