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Funniest High School / Childhood Pictures in Sports

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 9, 2017

Funniest High School / Childhood Pictures in Sports

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    Let’s be honest: We have all taken our fair share of bad pictures back in the day. I’m not sure what it is about high school or childhood pictures, but for some reason everybody always looks horrendously funny in them.

    Sometimes the best part about the Internet is that you can find dirt on people that they never knew existed, and even if they did, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want certain pictures to be exposed.

    I have been given the privilege of rounding up the funniest pictures some of our favorite athletes took back in the day, and I guarantee you some of these are incredibly funny.

    Anybody up for a little game of before and after?

Before

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    Clean-cut, nice smile, seems like he could grow up to be some sort of winner...

Tom Brady

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    Elsa/Getty Images

    Ah yes, even the quintessential prom king had his day of awkward pictures.

    The sad part for the rest of us is that his awkward picture is still pretty good.

Before

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    Does that scowl look familiar at all?

Kobe Bryant

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    Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Still got it!

Before

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    Oh, if only this poor young man knew what the future would hold for him...

Tiger Woods

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    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Mo money mo problems...

Before

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    This one's going to be tough to guess.

DeSean Jackson

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    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Yeah, even DeSean Jackson was an angry teenage punk at one point!

    We all went through it!

Before

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    Whoa there big fella!

Shaquille O'Neal

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    Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

    The scary part is that he didn't really have that big of a growth spurt.

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    I wonder how many times this dude got beat up in high school.

Drew Brees

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    Handout/Getty Images

    I wonder how many people regret beating Drew Brees up.

Before

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    If the number doesn't give it away, that runway of a forehead should.

Peyton Manning

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    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Yup, that's right!

    Peyton Manning has been directing air traffic since he was a kid!

Before

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    I have decided to take my talents to high school!

LeBron James

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    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Mature as the day we first met him...

Before

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    Who the heck is that squirrely little kid!?

Derek Jeter

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    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    I bet he wishes he had some of that hair back...

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    What a loser!

Michael Phelps

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    Geoff Burke/Getty Images

    Still a dork. Just a dork with a whole bunch of gold medals.

Before

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    This is just embarrassing.

Sidney Crosby

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    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Still embarrassing...

Before

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    I'll give you a hint. He had a thing for ears...

Mike Tyson

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    Handout/Getty Images

    Such a friendly looking man!

Before

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    This kid looks like he will grow up to be very respectable.

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Al Bello/Getty Images

    Eh....

Before

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    Who is this nice young man?

Kevin Garnett

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    Elsa/Getty Images

    Anything is possible.

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    He's going for the young entrepreneur look.

Cam Newton

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    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    Get paid!

Before

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    Just doing his own thang...

Manny Ramirez

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    Elsa/Getty Images

    Manny being Manny.

Before

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    You may not recognize him with such a normal looking head.

Barry Bonds

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    David Paul Morris/Getty Images

    All dressed up and nowhere to go!

Before

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    The great ones start young...

Wayne Gretzky

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    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Talk about a different look!

Before

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    Hint: He really liked Spanish class.

Chad Ochocinco

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    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    I bet he was the class clown!

Before

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    Every golden boy has to start somewhere...

Aaron Rodgers

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    Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

    Looks like things definitely worked out for A-Rodge.

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    Looks like this guy was a sweet football player...

Walter Payton

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    Mike Powell/Getty Images

    Sweetness says it all.

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    The face only a mother can love.

Sam Cassell

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    Jim Rogash/Getty Images

    Still the face only a mother can love.

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    The smile might give this one away.

Rasheed Wallace

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    Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images

    Ball don't lie!

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    Those were some rough years...

Steve Young

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    Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

    I think he grew out of it.

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    Looks like a million bucks.

Alex Rodriguez

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    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    Has a million bucks.

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    This is just terrrrrible!

Charles Barkley

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    Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

    Ok, so he's put on a little weight...

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    Look at that form!

Greg Kelser

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    All grown up!

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    You can just tell this guy's a baller!

Magic Johnson

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    Elsa/Getty Images

    Do you believe in magic?

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    My gosh this is funny!

Emmitt Smith

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    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    He hasn't changed much really!

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    Aw, he looks harmless.

Michael Jordan

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    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Grew up to be a stone cold killer!

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    I wish I could tell you that it gets better...

Larry Bird

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    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    But, it doesn't.

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    The makings of a young sports fan!

Andrew Kulha

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    I couldn't throw all these great athletes under the bus without doing the same to myself.

    It was only fair.

    Enjoy!

    Follow Andrew on Twitter: @AKonSports

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