People in Sports Who Are Unexpectedly Ripped

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

People in Sports Who Are Unexpectedly Ripped

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    We all know that athletes are careful about what they eat to maintain a certain physique, but some people in sports might surprise you with the muscles that they have going on.

    While the players are almost always jacked up, here are a few sports figures who are unexpectedly jacked—since we normally don’t see them wearing anything that shows it off.

Skip Bayless

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    ESPN’s Skip Bayless might be well-known for his opinions and knack for stirring up controversy, but as big of a mouth as he has, he has just as big biceps.

    Not one to shy away from attention, Bayless has shown his guns a number of times, either posting pics on Twitter of him working out or wearing something on air that proves he’s a weekend warrior.

Erin Andrews

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    One of the sexiest sports reporters to ever grace a sideline, Erin Andrews isn’t one to just sit back and take the praise.

    Instead, she works hard for her rock-hard bod, going to the gym and making sure she’s not just slim but toned, too.

    All of us guys are happy with her decision.

Jim Rome

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    Much like the aforementioned Skip Bayless, sports host Jim Rome isn’t shy about on causing a stir with his words—remember his near fight with former NFL quarterback Jim Everett on live TV?

    And, just like Bayless, Rome is actually pretty buff, which makes me wonder if he would have been able to take Everett if he really needed to.

Joe Rogan

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    A mixed martial artist, UFC commentator Joe Rogan is actually a guy whom some of the fighters in the sport might want to avoid messing with.

    That’s because Rogan, while not competing any longer, is still a big dude and has the discipline and skill to take someone out if he really needed to.

Larry Fedora

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    University of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora looks like he’s busy working out when he’s not coaching up his team.

    Snapped posing on the beach with some abs that make him seem like he does crunches during team meetings, Fedora could probably intimidate a few of his players if they weren't playing up to his standards—because the guy looks like a monster.

Jenn Brown

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    For anyone who has ever done the crazy, intense workout called CrossFit, you know just how worn out one gets afterward.

    And while sideline reporter Jenn Brown is about as attractive as they come—looking more like the girl next door than some intense workout beastBrown has talked about how the training method has helped her maintain a solid work-life balance.

    Brown looks great anytime I see her, so whatever she’s doing is working for her.

Vince McMahon

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    Sure, WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon might be 68 years old and all roided up (on a doctor's prescription), per ESPN The Magazine's Shaun Assael—but I bet any of us would still be afraid of getting into an altercation with him.

    One of the most intense guys in sports, McMahon combines a sharp business philosophy with a training regimen of a wrestler, which makes him one bad—and strong—dude.

Wang Liqin

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    Yep, a former table tennis player is on this list—and for good reason.

    He may stand 6’1”, but few people would describe Wang Liqin as being intimidating at first glance—but that usually changes once anyone sees how the guy trains. He puts himself through intense workouts that rival those of athletes in high contact or cardio sports.

    Liqin might not need to be big and strong for his sport, but he chooses to be anyway.

Dana White

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    Just like the previously mentioned Joe Rogan, UFC President Dana White is as jacked up as some of the fighters in the sport he oversees.

    A former boxer and trainer, it’s no wonder White appears to be someone who could easily hold his own as a bouncer. If someone needed him to step in, he could, because the guy is strong.

Shane Watson

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    Some of the beastliest athletes in sports are typically thought to be football or rugby players, but Australian cricketer Shane Watson has shown that the guys in the less popular American sports shouldn’t be discounted from that conversation.

    One of the most bulked-up dudes a person can find, Watson has the physique of a wrestler but plays a sport that has zero contact.

Pete Carroll

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    Described by a former USC strength coach as a “workout fiend,” Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has shown to have lots of energy, so it’s no surprise that he does anything he can to get his heart rate up.

    Coming off a Super Bowl win last season, Carroll might want to challenge any of his players who lose motivation by going up against them in workout competition.

Anna Watson

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    Known as the world’s strongest cheerleader, the University of Georgia’s Anna Watson might be the No. 1 fan of her Bulldogs, but she’s not a girl anyone would want to mess with.

    That’s because she doesn’t just don her spandex outfit but also puts up big weight while in the gym. She also poses in numerous magazines as a fitness model.

Kliff Kingsbury

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    A one-time Heisman Trophy candidate during his playing days at Texas Tech in the early 2000s, current Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury looks like he may still be able to strap the pads on and get on the gridiron.

    If there was any doubt that the dude stays in shape, just take a look at the pic that leaked onto the Internet that has been driving the girls wild, with Kingsbury being coined the “Ryan Gosling of college football.”

Ed Hochuli

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    As great of a referee as he is, NFL’s Ed Hochuli is known for two things: his massive arms.

    Never one to turn down a shirt one size too small, Hochuli giving a first-down sign is like a meathead checking himself out in the gym mirror—except every football fan is blown away that the man in stripes is bigger than some of the players.