All-Sports Outdoorsman Team
Oftentimes we perceive athletes as people with affluent lifestyles who engage in hobbies that would be cost prohibitive for us normals. Like Floyd Mayweather, for example, who spends most of his downtime buying diamonds and luxury cars.
Of course, there’s only one Floyd Mayweather, which is good, because one is enough.
The truth is, with the exception of top earners in every sport, the majority of athletes are pretty much like the rest of us. They have a vast array of outside interests and hobbies, including fishing, hunting and the recreational use of firearms.
Here is the all-sports outdoorsman team, as found in my Instagram feed.
Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
Instagram ID: @cristiano
Caption: Love to fish. Have you ever tried it?
First of all, I can’t be the only one surprised that Cristiano Ronaldo likes fishing. Shopping, yes definitely, that makes sense. Fishing, no, not so much.
Also, I love that he asks his followers if they’ve ever tried it, like it’s some crazy new trend he just discovered. Cristiano Ronaldo: He’s not just like us.
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Randall Telfer, USC
Glen 'Big Baby' Davis, Los Angeles Clippers
James Harrison, NFL Free Agent
Graeme McDowell, PGA
Instagram ID: @graeme_mcdowell
Caption: Caught this beauty a few days ago in the Bahamas. Made for some beautiful sashimi! #tunameup
PGA pro Graeme McDowell keeps it cool on the golf course, as all golfers not named John Daly tend to do, but occasionally he cranks it up with an exciting activity like deep sea fishing—it sounds far more relaxing than it actually is.
Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams
Keenan Robinson, Washington Redskins
Instagram ID: @keenanrobinson
Caption: I’m more of an outdoors type
Although this photo doesn’t offer much context—I mean, he could’ve found that fish on the beach for all we know—Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson is definitely an outdoors type. And judging by his sweet new fishing boat, a pretty serious angler.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Instagram ID: @giogonzalez47
Caption: Wahoo tonight taking it to eat at benihanas lol
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez seems to prefer spending time with his adorably tiny dog more than most outdoor activities, but he takes bro fishing trips on the regular. Hopefully none of which actually end at Benihana with a dead fish. That would be bad.
Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles
Instagram ID: @connorbarwin98
Caption: Fish and Dews #tennessee
Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin would probably be very disappointed that I chose this photo with the tiny fish and bottle of Mountain Dew, instead of this photo with the massive bench press-worthy fish. What can I say besides size isn’t all that matters.
Ty Dillon, NASCAR
Instagram ID: @ty_dillon
Caption: Me and my hunting buddy Wyatt practicing
NASCAR driver Ty Dillon has the type of hobbies that are stereotypically associated with the NASCAR sect—hunting, fishing, shooting firearms and, of course, the rodeo. Not that stereotype, at least in this case, is necessarily a bad thing.
Sam Barrington, Green Bay Packers
Instagram ID: @sambarrington
Caption: Today at the NFL Alumni Sporting Clays event with some of my teammates. I did better than I thought.
Packers linebacker Sam Barrington is definitely an outdoorsman, which is good because there’s not much else to do in Green Bay. It must run in the family because, judging by this photo, his dad is quite the fisherman.
DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos
Miesha Tate, MMA
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Instagram ID: @rtannehill17
Caption: Awesome day of fishing for the @miamidolphins w the guys of Weez in the Keys. Good ppl and great time! #finsweekend
Um wow. So that is a fish. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is obviously a sportsman, but he is once again overshadowed by his beautiful wife in this department.
In fact, Lauren Tannehill has so many firearms that she once casually forgot an AR-15 rifle in the back seat of a rental car. I can’t think of any other reason to forget an assault rifle in a rental car other than having enough at home that you wouldn’t really miss it.
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
Instagram ID: @dwighthoward
Caption: I had to repost this. Drake is in aspen.
NBA players seem to favor an urban setting—they all want to play in New York, Los Angeles, Miami or Chicago—but that doesn’t mean they can’t shake things up. Rockets big man Dwight Howard hiked and biked the Rio Grande Trail in Colorado last offseason and even found some time to do some fishing.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Instagram ID: @juliojones_11
Caption: A lil horseback riding with the fellas @jonnyg78 @petaguns @dreamz4you2
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was born and raised in Foley, Alabama, which is a town fairly close to the Gulf with a population just over 15,000.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Instagram ID: @rileycooper_14
Caption: Bow fishing #CooperFarm
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is the all-star of the all-sports outdoorsman team: 1. He fishes with a cross bow. 2. This is his baby cousin. 3. These are things he’s successfully hunted. 4. He can even catch fish without a deadly weapon.
Cooper’s Instagram account is the final resting place of an awful lot of animals. RIP. :(