20 Sports Stars and Their Animated Alter Egos
After Game Four, Nate Robinson compared his teammate Glen Davis and himself to Shrek and Donkey. This raised the question: What other athletes have animated alter egos?
While most people may only know athletes by the number on their jersey, every athlete has a unique personality.
Similarly, all animated characters are written to have a set personality and specific characteristics. Here are 20 Sports Stars and their Animated Alter Egos.
Nate Robinson and Glen Davis
In Game Four of the NBA Finals Glen Davis and his best friend on the team, Nate Robinson, bailed the Celtics out of what was looking like a devastating loss.
In the press conference after the game, the two bench players were getting a lot of attention from the media. Nate Robinson came out to say how he and Big Baby are best friends.
Shrek and Donkey
Like Big Baby and Nate Robinson, Shrek and Donkey are an unusual tandem. Shrek is a large character who is built big, just like Big Baby Davis. Donkey, on the other hand, is Shrek's smaller counterpart who cannot seem to stop talking. Nate Robinson fits the part better than anyone else on the Celtics. He even said so himself.
At the very end of this video Nate Robinson compares himself and Glen Davis to Shrek and Donkey.
Chad Ochocinco is a very talented wide receiver that always seems to thrive for attention. His actions tend to result in a lot of reaction from the media and he loves it. Most of his actions are based on his thirst for attention. This is very similar to Scooby-Doo.
Scooby-Doo has a thirst for attention. His main quest that motivates all of his actions is for Scooby Snacks. Like Ochocinco, Scooby-Doo does everything he does in an attempt to receive another Scooby Snack as Chad Ochocinco does for a media reaction.
Watching Rajon Rondo play basketball is like watching Usain Bolt run the 100-meter race. Rajon stands out in the crowd of NBA players as the one no one can keep up with.
He is the youngest and smallest player on the Celtics starting lineup and therefore could be considered the baby in the family.
The boy from The Incredibles, Dash Parr, is the smallest member of the family.
Like Rondo, Dash Parr is given the superpower of speed. He fights crime the same way the Rondo plays basketball: by using his speed to his advantage.
Brian Urlacher is one of the best linebackers in the NFL. If he was to have a superpower it would probably be super strength.
Much like Mr. Incredible, Urlacher has the power of super strength. While Mr. Incredible's strength may be a gift, Urlacher's strength is a result of hard work in the weight room.
Other than their similar strength, it is hard to miss the fact that Mr. Incredible and Brian Urlacher could easily be related.
Derek Jeter will be remembered as one of the best shortstops of all-time.
Jeter has shown that he can cover much more than just the space between second and third. He has made famous plays all the way across the infield. He ran all the way across the infield to flip an overthrown pass to Jorge Posada in order to make a crucial postseason out.
You could almost say he swings his way around the infield on tree vines.
The fact that they both swing their way around is not the only thing that makes Tarzan Jeter's alter ego.
Tarzan, who was raised by apes, stayed loyal to his guardians and never was ashamed of his origin.
Jeter, who is a lifelong Yankee, has showed full loyalty to the club and has come through for them in crucial situations.
Even though the similarities between the two are not obvious, Tarzan is the right animated character to represent the Yankee captain's alter ego.
Kobe Bryant may be the most motivated and focused player in the NBA.
Kobe has worked extremely hard over the course of his career to get where he is today. Kobe Bryant, considered the best player in the league by some, is constantly working on his game.
The fact that Kobe is a superstar is due to his hard work and devotion to the game.
While both the superstar and the superhero are extremely smooth and talented in their work, that is not what makes them so similar.
They both have an overwhelming desire to get better at what they do. Batman is constantly working on becoming a better scientist and superhero, while Bryant is always working on an aspect of his game.
Drew Brees is probably thanking a genie right here (see picture) for granting his wish: his wish of winning a Superbowl for the city of New Orleans.
He took the Saints for a ride to victory on a magic carpet.
Like Brees, Aladdin had three wishes from a genie. Brees wished for a trip to the Super Bowl while Aladdin wished to be prince.
As a Yankee, David Ortiz is the big intimidating "bad guy" that plays for the Red Sox.
And no animated character fits that bill better than...
No animated character fits the deceptively evil looking David Ortiz better than Bowser.
Bowser is the evil character that is often defeated at the end of video games.
I am not portraying Ortiz as an evil guy, he is actually very generous and kind. I am simply comparing both his and Bowser's evil appearance.
Dwight Howard (Superman)
There is no need for two slides here. Dwight Howard did me the favor of dressing up in his sports alter ego.
While Shaq claims that Howard stole the identity from him, I think we can all agree that Howard is better suited for the part.
Without his Superman act, Dwight Howard may not have won the dunk contest in 2008, which in my opinion, was the best dunk contest in a very long time.
At Tiger's peak, he was the face of golf, Nike, and was turning into one of the most recognized people in sports.
Woods' alter ego must be an animated character that is an iconic figure that represents something much more significant than a movie.
There is not a more iconic animated character than Mario. He is the face of Nintendo and all the game systems and games they create.
A much more subtle similarity between the two is that they always seem to be wearing a hat. But that is not nearly as important.
Usain Bolt is, hands down, the fastest man in the world. The only correct fit for his alter ego would be to find the fastest animated character possible.
No animated character outruns a coyote like the roadrunner. The roadrunner is incredibly fast and at times, is so fast that he cannot be seen. No animated character fits the bill better than the roadrunner.
No safety in the NFL covers more ground than Ed Reed. Watching Reed make an interception is liking watching someone fly through a city and all it's obstacles.
Reed's animated alter ego would have to be a hero that uses his superpower for fast and efficient mobilization.
Spiderman uses his web to fly through downtown New York. No animated character fits Ed Reed better than Spiderman. The two share a blazing speed and cover ground extremely fast.
Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the player in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the most finesse. He may not be the best player in the world, but he is the flashiest.
Ronaldo loves to show off his moves and be fancy with his dribbling. Ronaldo's unreached potential as a soccer player goes to infinity and beyond.
Buzz Lightyear, like Ronaldo, is all about the presentation.
He is the only animated character, to my knowledge, that is in a space suit. He has a bunch of gadgets that make him look extremely smooth. Charisma is a common strength for both Ronaldo and Buzz Lightyear.
If you do not think Ronaldo is charismatic, then I would like to hear your explanation for the girls mentioned in Ronaldo's section of my previous article: Which Athletes Get The Hottest Girls: The Top 10 Ladies Men in Sports.
Tim Tebow was not drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round because they thought he was the best quarterback available. They drafted him so high because of everything else he brought to the table.
Tim Tebow had a unique drive for success. No player in College Football was nearly as determined to be successful as a quarterback.
Tebow's animated alter ego must be a very lovable, extremely determined, and hard working character.
No animated character is nearly as determined as Stewie Griffin. Stewie, a baby of the Griffin family on the show Family Guy, is obsessed with taking over the world.
Stewie's demeanor and attitude are all influenced by his quest to rule the world, much like Tebow's quest to become an NFL quarterback.
While Tebow has seen that hard work pays off, Stewie has yet to see the reward for his obsession and hard work.
When you're a member of LeBron James' team, you are almost guaranteed success. But what makes playing with him so enjoyable is how fun he is to be around.
His teammates on both the Cavaliers and Team USA have expressed how they love playing with LeBron.
Therefore LeBron's alter ego must be someone who is very fun and makes people laugh.
Bugs Bunny is one of the goofiest cartoon characters of all time. With his extremely well-known catch phrase, "What's up, Doc?" it is hard not to like Bugs Bunny.
Both he and LeBron James are extremely lovable and charming. It is hard not to see the comparison.
Alex Rodriguez has blasted over 500 home runs in his career and is still under contract for seven more years.
As a Yankee fan, it hurts me to say that Alex Rodriguez did not achieve this feat naturally.
Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing spinach to help him strengthen his body.
Popeye and Rodriguez are two successful heroes that portray false messages. Popeye promotes spinach and advertises that it enhances strength instantly. Which is extremely false.
Rodriguez made us believe that in the time of steroids, that there could be a true slugger that did not fall into the trap of performance enhancing drugs. Which, as he said himself, was not the case.
Peyton Manning is one of the most loyal leaders in sports. He is a lifetime Colt and has never even considered playing anywhere else. He is a rare player that is often appreciated by his coaching staff.
Manning's animated alter ego would have to be someone that is equally as loyal as he is and also would have to be a leader.
Woody, the leader of all of Andy's toys, is also Andy's favorite. Woody is the most loyal to Andy and lead the return to Andy, which shapes the plot for "Toy Story 3."
Both Woody and Manning are courageous leaders and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
Brett Farve has been in the NFL as long as anyone can remember. He showed the world last season that Brett Farve never gets old. At least watching him does not.
Farve's animated alter ego must be someone who, as Farve does, attempts to never get old.
Peter Pan is the most ageless character in Disney Productions. He is living a never-ending childhood on the small island of Neverland.
Farve, like Peter Pan, has a hard time accepting the negative effects that come with old age. Farve appreciates the experience but does not seem to like the idea of not playing professional football.
Michael Jordan is considered a god in the game of basketball. Jordan has faced defeat and has overcome that to be one of the most successful players of all time.
Jordan has played with 103 degree fever and finished with 38 points. Jordan is part of two three-peats and has shown greatness on his climb to the top of basketball Mt. Olympus.
Hercules has overcome all sorts of obstacles to reach his true home, Mt. Olympus.
The end of the movie Hercules proved that as much as Hades may try, Hercules cannot be stopped.
By the end of his playing career, Jordan proved that no one could stop him. It is fittingly that the most dominant athlete of all-time is represented by the most dominant hero in the history of animated film.