25 Most Bizarre Jobs after Sports
Bizarre jobs are a part of life. So are sports.
But bizarre jobs after sports? That's another thing entirely.
The fact of the matter is that some people are just meant for sports, and sports only. Lucky for us, some of them chose to pursue second careers that are just plain weird, for whatever reason.
From video gaming to pimping, here are the 25 best of these oddball post-sports careers.
25. Magic Johnson: Talk Show Host
Magic Johnson was a brilliant basketball player and he remains one of the most beloved figures the sport has ever produced.
And while being a talk show host perhaps isn't the most abnormal career choice he could have made, there was something about "The Magic Hour" that just didn't fit.
For one, Magic Johnson seemed like he was trying way too hard to be David Letterman or Jay Leno. The key difference and major reason that Magic's show ultimately bombed is that Magic is just not funny.
The only person who didn't realize that? Magic himself. He laughed way too much.
And besides, Howard Stern? Are you serious, Magic? You went from winning championships to humoring Howard freakin' Stern?
24. Napoleon Kaufman: Ordained Minister
No doubt there are many other professional athletes who have gone on to serve God, but I'm going to go ahead and throw Kaufman on this list because I've actually met the guy and very much enjoyed doing so.
As I'm sure only the most hardcore Raiders fan remembers, Kaufman retired abruptly at the end of the 2000 season and announced that he was going to pursue a career as a Christian minister.
Today, he is the senior pastor at The Well Christian Community Church in Dublin, CA.
He also hosts a TV show called "Times of Refreshing" on The Church Channel.
23. Travis Pastrana: NASCAR Driver
Travis Pastrana is one of the most accomplished motocross riders in the sport's history and easily one of the most popular figures in the extreme sports world.
So when he came out on November 11th and announced that he was going to be switching to NASCAR in 2011, a lot of people went, "Huh?"
Yup, he's joining the Nationwide Series in 2011 and he'll be racing for Pastrana-Waltrip racing. I suppose he just wants to have a true controlling interest in his own car, as it were.
22. Mookie Wilson: Truck Driver
We all remember Mookie Wilson as the dude who hit the ball that went through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
These days, there are many people who know him simply as William Wilson, the humble truck driver.
Yes, it's true. The New York Mets Hall of Famer has been a professional truck driver since 1999. He delivers in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee.
And he fairly digs it.
"You kind of control how much you drive and when you drive," he says. "It's not like that in baseball."
21. Jesse Ventura: Governor of Minnesota (Independent)
Normally, I wouldn't consider politics after sports to be too weird.
But because it's Jesse Ventura, and because he was an Independent candidate, I'm going to allow it.
Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota in 1998 for the Independence Party of Minnesota party with the slogan, "Don't vote for politics as usual." He won a narrow victory.
His term was poorly received and he didn't run again in 2002.
By the way, I'm a big fan of the movie Predator and I think its effect on the political world should not be underestimated. Not only did it star future governors Arnold Schwarzengger and Jesse Ventura, but it also starred gubernatorial candidate Sonny Landham (you know him as "Billy").
20. Roger Maris: Beer Baron
Roger Maris is now known for being the only legitimate guy to hit as many as 61 home runs.
But before his death in 1985, Maris had been in charge of a distributorship that was granted to him by the Anheuser-Busch-owned St. Louis Cardinals when he ended his career with the team in 1968.
The company tried to pull the distributorship from his family in 1997, saying that it was deficient and sold repackaged, out-of-date beer.
The Maris family fought back, however, and eventually won a defamation lawsuit with a $50 million payoff.
19. Vinnie Jones: Movie Badass
Of course, Vinnie Jones was a badass before he ever stepped in front of a camera. Just look at what he's doing to that poor guy.
But his movies are pretty cool. Personally, I loved him in both Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. And he definitely needed more screen time as The Juggernaut in that dreadful X-Men movie.
18. Jake Plummer: Professional Handball Player
Remember forgettable NFL quarterback Jake Plummer?
Well, since he was forgettable, maybe you don't. But to refresh your memory, he was the guy who bombed as a member of both the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos, where he got in hot water for flipping off a fan and getting into a heated exchange with reporters.
Plummer retired in 2007 and his latest venture was something called the Jake Plummer Halloween Handball Bash, which has been going three years running now.
Apparently Plummer always was quite the handball player. And he actually won the Idaho State Handball Championship doubles championship last April.
17. Shaquille O'Neal: Lawman
You know, we give Shaq a lot of crap for being something of a buffoon, but his resume makes yours or mine look like a child's book report.
Not only is he a surefire NBA Hall of Famer, an actor, a video game personality, a rapper and so on, but he's also a cop.
Indeed, Shaq was sworn in as a South Beach reserve officer in 2005. He makes $1 per year.
By the way, he undertook these responsibilities while he was still playing.
16. William Perry: Professional Fat Guy
As much as I'd like to find words that more appropriately describe The Fridge's post-football career, "professional fat guy" just seems to fit the bill.
Let's see here. He came out with his own barbecue sauce. He participated in a WWF battle royale. He fought Manute Bol in a charity boxing match. He competed in a hot dog eating contest...
You see what I mean?
15. Bob Gibson: Harlem Globetrotter
A short disclaimer: Gibson actually played with the Globetrotters before he started his baseball career, but this is just too brilliant to pass up.
How good of an athlete was Bob Gibson?
He not only played with the Harlem Globetrotters for a year, but he was also a part of a Creighton basketball team that beat the Globetrotters. Gibson scored 15 points in the final quarter of that game and the Harlem team signed him up immediately.
After his year of duty was up, Gibson joined the Cardinals. Good career choice.
14. Johnnie Morton: Mixed Martial Artist
Johnnie Morton played 11 years in the NFL for three teams and is, perhaps, most famous for telling Jay Leno to kiss his ass on national TV.
After his career was over, he decided he would get into the whole MMA thing.
He made his debut in June of 2007, and he was knocked out by Bernard Ackah 38 seconds into the first round.
After the fight, Morton was suspended indefinitely for refusing to take his post-fight doping tests. It was later reported that he tested positive for steroids.
Well, if you're going to fail at something, you might as well go big.
13. Carl Weathers: Renowned Actor
There have been countless athletes who have made the jump to the silver screen. And while Vinnie Jones deserves credit for being such a unique Hollywood bad ass, there is perhaps no athlete who went on to become a bigger star than Carl Weathers.
Indeed, Weathers played for the Oakland Raiders very briefly in the early 1970s and then played a couple games in the CFL. He retired to pursue acting in 1974.
In 1976 he became a star when he portrayed Apollo Creed in Rocky, a role he would reprise several times.
Once again, a reference to Predator is necessary, as Weathers played the film's CIA scumbag, Dillon.
Interesting to note is that Weathers' Raiders teammate Ben Davidson starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian.
12. Lenny Dykstra: Failed Investor
In his 11-year major league career, Lenny Dykstra made three All-Star teams, won a World Series with the Mets and won a Silver Slugger in 1993.
His post-baseball career saw him start a charter jet company and magazine in 2008 called Player's Club, which was marketed towards professional athletes. At one point, his net worth was estimated to be over $58 million.
In 2009, however, he filed for bankruptcy and was living out of his car and various hotel lobbies. He even resorted to auctioning his World Series ring to help pay off nearly $31 million in debts.
He was later charged with lying under oath and for improperly hiding and selling assets during his bankruptcy proceedings.
Needless to say, his career as an investor didn't quite pan out.
11. Rumeal Robinson: Criminal Property Developer
Following a career in professional basketball that lasted from 1990 to 2002, Robinson returned home to his native Jamaica with aspirations of becoming a property developer.
And he did just that.
But not very well.
In 2009, Robinson was arrested and charged with bank fraud, bribery and wire fraud, and his adoptive mother accused him of swindling her out of her home.
He was convicted in September of this year and is facing up to 30 years in prison.
10. George Foreman: Grill Spokesperson
The Foreman Grill has become so deeply ingrained in American culture that it almost feels weird to refer to George Foreman's involvement with the damn thing as "bizarre."
But it is bizarre. The dude has his name on a freakin' novelty kitchen product that is basically just two hot plates on a hinge.
Indeed, now that you think of it, isn't it bizarre?
9. Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays: Atlantic City Greeters
After their playing days were over, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays eventually took positions as greeters and community representatives at the Claridge Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.
For the most part, they just showed up to community events and gold tournaments.
Unfortunately, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was not amused with the overtones of gambling and assorted debauchery and threatened to place them both on the "permanently ineligible" list.
Both Mays and Mantle accepted the position anyway, and were indeed placed on the list. They were later reinstated two years later by Kuhn's successor, Peter Ueberroth.
8. Tim James: Army Specialist
Tim James was the 25th overall pick of the Miami Heat in 1999.
Nowadays, James is serving in Iraq with the United States Army. He's part of Task Force ODIN, which is short for Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize.
His unit's job is basically to stop the bad guys from planting IED's.
"I got my degree, lived the life I was able, have my freedom and became a professional athlete," says James. "I'm the example of the American dream."
7. Tonya Harding: Reality TV Boxer
The world has known nicer people than Tonya Harding. After all, you have to imagine that most people wouldn't arrange to have their main competition at a major figure-skating competition attacked and injured.
I say again, "most people." Not all.
In any case, Tonya Harding became something of a professional jerk after her figure skating career ended. And this culminated in her stint on Celebrity Boxing from 2003-2004.
She went 3-3 as a competitor on the show and eventually cut her career short due to her asthma.
6. Curt Schilling: Video Game Magnate
Curt Schilling may or may not be a Hall of Famer when all is said and done, but rest assured that his post-baseball career will be secured as long as people still play MMORPGs.
Some of you are probably going, "Well what the [expletive] does that mean?"
An avid video game enthusiast, Schilling founded 38 Studios in 2006, a company dedicated to developing Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs).
Schilling hired up all the best talent in the industry, and the company's debut game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, is due out in the Fall of 2011.
5. O.J. Simpson: Criminal Repo Man
As if Monday Night Football analyst and murderer (?) weren't interesting enough, how about O.J.'s short-lived career as a repo man?
The incident, as you well remember, was in September of 2007, when O.J. and a group of men showed up at a Las Vegas sports memorabilia shop and calmly took some items at gunpoint.
In court, O.J. said he was just trying to get his property back.
That may be, O.J., but when I want a DVD back that I lent out, I don't go take it back at gunpoint. After all, I don't want to go to prison.
4. Ugueth Urbina: Murderous Slave Driver
If a 2005 incident on Ugueth Urbina's ranch was any lesson, you really don't want to mess with his guns. For that matter, you don't want to work for him either.
In 2007, Urbina was sentenced to 14 years of prison under charges of attempted murder, illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands.
The incident, as you may recall, happened late at night when Urbina and a couple other men tracked down five workers and attacked them with machetes. Then they poured gasoline on them and threatened to burn them.
Urbina claimed that the men were guilty of stealing one of his guns, but it now certainly looks like they were actually trying to escape his employ.
3. Gerald Ford: President of the United States
Gerald Ford was a center and linebacker for the University of Michigan in the early 1930s, helping the Wolverines to national titles in 1932 and 1933. He would also later participate in a 1935 exhibition game against the Chicago Bears.
He never went pro as a football player, but it's hard to fault him for making a poor career choice.
He served in the Navy in World War II, was Nixon's VP in 1973-74, and President of the United States from 1974-77.
Yeah, he did alright.
2. Fidel Castro: Communist Revolutionary
There was a very, very, very old rumor that Fidel Castro was once given a tryout with a professional baseball team. The team varies from the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees depending on who you ask and has since been largely denounced as a load of BS.
But if he did then Castro's post-sports career is easily among the strangest in history.
After all, how many other athletes can you name that went on to become Communist revolutionaries and key players in post-WWII world politics?
I rest my case.
But I'm not putting this in the top spot because of the uncertainty over his sports career.
1. Richard Seigler: Pimp
You did indeed read that correctly. The funny part is that ex-Steelers linebacker Richard Seigler was actually a pimp while he was still playing.
Apparently, he controlled two Las Vegas prostitutes in 2006 while he was still playing for the Steelers.
Seigler's involvement was uncovered during an investigation of his cousin, and he was charged with "pandering, pandering by furnishing transportation and living from the earnings of a prostitute."
How did Seigler get the word out?
Why, by Craigslist, of course. He advertised under the classifieds with the heading "all natural sexy girls."
But hey, you know what they say. Pimpin' ain't easy.
Congrats, Richard. You're No. 1.