The 25 Most Athletic Celebrities in America

Todd Boldizsar@@toddboldizsarAnalyst IOctober 12, 2010

The 25 Most Athletic Celebrities in America

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    Many celebs have shown off their skills throwing out the first pitch at baseball games, shooting around with NBA greats, or practicing tackling with NFL stars.

    Whether born with it, or paying personal trainers, some celebrities have advanced abilities, and show them off whenever possible. 

    These celebs are great at pretending, but also have some serious skills for reals. Here is THE list of celebrities in the United States with serious sports skills.


    Also check out: The 50 Greatest Football Catches of All Time

25. Billy Crystal

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    Any time a celebrity gets signed to a one-day contract, he has to be considered athletic. Maybe this slide should just be an honorable mention, but Billy Crystal wore his age on his back and played a day of Spring Training for the New York Yankees. He struck out. Nonetheless, his batting stance is solid!

24. NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders 2010

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    You can debate with me on whether or not NFL Cheerleaders are considered celebrities, or you could just watch them play flag football at the 2010 Pro Bowl. 

    These girls have a lot of talent either way, and athleticism has to be a must to stay in shape and execute flawless dance routines. I could really say whatever I wanted to from here on out because you are probably watching the video already and aren't going to read this...

23. Jimmy Kimmel

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    The late night talk show host has participated in several Celebrity Softball games, including this one in 2007 at Minute Maid Park. Kimmel has a great swing and hits a Home Run over ESPN's Kenny Mayne.

22. Jessica Biel

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    Jessica uses sports to stay toned when not filming. She has one of the most athletic bodies of any actress in Hollywood, and is certainly worthy of a top spot on this countdown. Although "Summer Catch" is probably the closet she has come to a sports film, make no mistake, Jessica can play with the best of them. 

21. Ice Cube

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    Rapper Ice Cube showed off his basketball skills on TNT's "Inside the NBA" while promoting his film "Are We There Yet?" He also plays football and a little baseball in his spare time. The "Jack of All Trades" is multi-talented as an actor, rapper and ball player.

20. Zac Efron

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    Efron took pitching practice with some of the Atlanta Braves during Spring Training. His throwing motion looks solid, and in that body has to be some athleticism (If the Disney hasn't consumed it all). 

19. President Barack Obama

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    Our nation's President threw out the first pitch at the 2009 MLB All-Star game, and has been caught on camera playing baseball and basketball several times. For a man of his age, Obama is very active and athletic while also appearing at several sporting events. He is an avid Chicago White Sox fan and make waves putting on the White Sox cap at the Washington Nationals game.

18. Adam Sandler

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    Adam Sandler has mirrored his real life with his screen life in movies like "Happy Gilmore" and "The Waterboy" and "The Longest Yard." 

    While a very successful comedian and actor, Sandler has skills on the court as well. He has a passion for basketball, but has found time to play other sports as well, and represents his athleticism well when put to the test.

17. Dawn Richard

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    The Dannity Kane diva shows off her skills at a celebrity basketball game hosted by Hot 97 and Vh1. She is certainly running with the best of them, and her athletic body isn't rough to look at either...

16. Matt Damon

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    The star of "Invictus," Matt Damon used real athleticism to recount the story of Nelson Mandela and South Africa's multiple skin colors coming together on common ground in the game of rugby.

    Damon is in good shape, and uses his athleticism for countless action films, and in this one.

15. Paul Walker

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    Not much training was needed for "Varsity Blues" as Paul Walker actually has a pretty good arm. The actor is in shape and athletic, showing off his skills at a Dodger game with the first pitch, and has been caught on camera playing catch with the ball players.

14. James Van Der Beek

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    Having starred opposite Paul Walker in "Varsity Blues," Van Der Beek put his doubters to shame at the 2011 Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am while collecting several catches for the celeb squad.

13. Alyssa Milano

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    An avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan and athletic celebrity softball player, Alyssa Milano is one of the sexiest female non-athletes in America.

    The athletic roots run deep for Milano, as she started young with this workout video displaying her flexibility and perfect body:

12. Justin Timberlake

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    Justin Timberlake recently showed off his golf skills at a charity event, and has been linked to basketball and softball. His dancing skills also translate into athleticism, and he can hang with the best of them. 

11. Carrie Underwood

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    Check out this sweet swing from Carrie Underwood in the 2009 City of Hope Celebrity Softball game. Not only did her mechanics at the plate look sound, but she's got some serious wheels to boot!

10. Mark Wahlberg

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    Mark Wahlberg has been ripped since the "Marky Mark" days (Yes, Wahlberg was a rapper, and yes again, his brother Donnie was in New Kids on the Block). 

    It's about time he did a movie showing off his athleticism and physical abilities. Wahlberg has plenty of talent in several areas, including sports.

9. Snoop Dogg

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    Check out this video of Snoop Dogg making some serious catches on the gridiron back in the day. Snoop actually played semi-pro football and was pretty good. Since then, he coaches pop-warner football while demonstrating proper receiver skills.


    Here is another one of Snoop playing basketball (but really just getting interviewed AFTER playing basketball).


8. Maria Menounos

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    Maria was the MVP of the Madden '11 NFL Pro-Am flag football special. She caught passes, recorded sacks, and ran past several NFL legends on her way to the coveted award.

7. Bow Wow

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    Even if you've forgotten about 2002's "Like Mike" (and hopefully you have), you should know Bow Wow has skills. As this video shows, he holds his own on the basketball court against Nelly and his crew.

    Bow Wow can dribble, shoot and run the floor with the rest of them, and he has also been linked to football.

6. Master P

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    Rapper Master P has been involved with the NBA and tried out for several teams. His basketball skills are possibly unrivaled amongst other hip hop artists. Check him out in the video below (Embedding was disabled).


5. Channing Tatum

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    Guys hate the movie, but girls love the actor. Channing Tatum has been in sports movies before, but it's "Step Up" that shows off his athleticism. The actor is ripped, and it shows in his dancing ability. 

4. Shannon Elizabeth

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    Another participant in the Madden '11 NFL Pro-Am, Shannon Elizabeth showed off her receiving skills. However, she is also a decent tennis players and stays in great shape by playing multiple sports. She is definitely one of Hollywood's most athletic women.

3. Dwayne

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    The current actor and former WWF wrestler played college football at the University of Miami. His athleticism is unquestioned, but his acting abilities bring up more questions than they answer.

    In any event, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is athletic, and belongs on the list.


    NOTE: The embedding of his highlight reel has been disabled, but here is a link to Johnson getting a sack against Florida State.

2. Matthew McConaughey

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    Unless you have never seen SportsCenter or flipped to ESPN to catch a glimpse of cyclist Lance Armstrong, you have undoubtedly seen Matthew McConaughey and his propensity for showing up at sporting events.

    However Matthew doesn't appear just to cheer on his team. He has been spotted several times on the sidelines of Texas football playing catch with the quarterbacks, and has thrown out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. 

    McConaughey actually has a great arm, and running step-for-step with Lance Armstrong shows he has some serious athleticism. 

1. Nelly

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    This St. Lunatic has serious skills in multiple sports. His athleticism inspired his appearance in the 2005 remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds classic, "The Longest Yard."

    Nelly is fast shifty in the film, but his real-life skills rival his acting abilities. The rapper is above average as a football player, but in this celebrity softball event near his home town, he shows off he can catch and throw too.