Football Players Who Can Dunk Like a Boss

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2014

Football Players Who Can Dunk Like a Boss

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    Although I would like to think that I've been blessed with a few gifts, one thing that I definitely wasn't fortunate enough to have was height.

    Standing just 5'9" probably has its benefits, but one of them is not easily dunking a basketball.

    And while we're accustomed to seeing ballers like Blake Griffin throw them down on a regular basis during practice and games, it can be even cooler when football players show off their combination of size, agility and hops.

    Since there have been more than a few who have showed such skills, here are some NFL guys who can dunk like a boss—just not on a field-goal crossbar anymore.

Randy Moss

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    One of the best receivers in NFL history—if you ask him, he's the best—Randy Moss showed some serious athleticism during his 14-year career.

    But when he wasn't on the gridiron, Moss proved that he was just as big of a stud athlete on the basketball court, too, as he played on the DuPont High hoops team with former NBA guard Jason Williams, throwing down dunks like this one.

    It appears that his hoops gene spread to his daughter, too, who dropped 63 points during a game earlier this year.

Haloti Ngata

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    It's unfortunate that the video isn't better, but that doesn't take away the fact that behemoth defensive tackle Haloti Ngata slammed one down.

    While seeing the 340-pound Ngata dunk a ball through a rim is impressive in itself, it's even more mind-blowing when realizing that it was just a part of his intense workout. The Baltimore Ravens All-Pro was doing it to help his football performance—which is pretty crazy to think about.

Terrell Owens

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    Standing at 6'3" and blessed with ridiculous athleticism, it shouldn't surprise anyone that former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens can slam a basketball.

    What might be a little shocking is that Owens can do it with such ease and authority during an actual game—albeit an exhibition, celebrity one.

    T.O. may have been a bit of a headache during his NFL days, but he may want to keep his head from hitting the backboard when on the hardwood, because the dude can leap.

Julius Peppers

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    An absolute beast.

    That just about sums up everything one needs to know about current Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers.

    Built like a complete rock, Peppers' freakish physique makes opposing players fear him with pads on, so imagine what it was like when he was just wearing a basketball jersey during his college hoops days for the University of North Carolina.

    As this clip shows, it had to be pretty scary.

Jadeveon Clowney

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    Just as the aforementioned Julius Peppers can be described a beast, calling 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney a monster probably still isn't giving the guy justice.

    We've seen Clowney have one of the most ridiculous slobberknockers on the football field, but it looks like he can show that same type of athleticism with a basketball and a hoop, too, as he threw down a two-handed slam during his high school days in South Carolina.

    No wonder scoutts have been saying this kid was an athletic freak since his prep days.

Jordan Cameron

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    After hanging out with his baby mama's brother—Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron—L.A. Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin decided that he'd help hype the dude up to increase his chances of making last year's Pro Bowl.

    As a great dunker himself, naturally, Griffin thought showing Cameron slamming would be a good trick.

    Seems like it worked, too, as Jordan got the nod to his first Pro Bowl.

Jimmy Graham

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    It may be banned from the NFL, but newly paid New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham doesn't want to stop doing his signature slam-dunk touchdown celebration.

    A former basketball player at the University of Miami during his college days, Graham may not get a chance to dunk during the profession he happens to get paid for, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't shown time and time again that he can't do it with authority.

Johnny Manziel

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    There are probably tons of fans out there who are a little sick of hearing Johnny Manziel's name.

    Hell, being from Cleveland, I can admit that it's a bit of an overload at times when all sports channels are talking about the guy.

    Still, that doesn't mean that the dude isn't a baller.

    Whether it's on the football field making defenders looks silly or on the basketball court showing his athleticism, Johnny Football can seemingly do it all—even though he's just under six feet tall.

Torrey Smith

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    No joke, this dunk by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith may have just convinced me to draft the dude in my fantasy league this year.

    That's because, during his freshman year at the University of Maryland, Smith does his best Vince Carter impression, not only taking the ball out of a teammates' hand standing by the rim, but then getting his elbow all the way through the net.

    There are few people on the planet who can do this, so it's crazy that one of them is an NFL player.

Martellus Bennett

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    Over his six NFL seasons, tight end Martellus Bennett has proven to be a pretty solid option for whomever is throwing him the rock.

    He showed he was just as solid while playing in a celebrity basketball game, too, taking a pass around half-court and gliding in for a two-handed jam, then hanging and swinging on the rim to add a little bit more emphasis.

    Bennett might not be a Pro Bowler, but he sure is a dunking All-Star.

Cris Carter

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    This is some old school stuff right here, which leads me to the question of why the NFL doesn't do this type of thing any longer?

    Since I probably won't get an answer, let's just marvel at some of the biggest names in the league during the '90s compete in a dunk contest, because this is a little piece of history that I think we all need in our lives—especially since current ESPN analyst Cris Carter was the one who came out on top.

Odell Beckham Jr

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    A first-round pick by the New York Giants in this year's NFL draft, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is looking to have a big impact on his new team.

    And if any of his teammates are questioning what the kid can do, maybe Odell should just break out this Instagram video he posted, showing that he has quite the abundance of athletic skills.

    Seriously, if Beckham is half as good in his rookie season as he is throwing these jams down, he may end up being Offensive Rookie of the Year, because the dude is definitely smooth when gliding through the air.