NFL 2011: 6 NFL Players with Celebrity Doppelgangers
We've all had that moment watching a game. Standing there with our buddies, someone who's usually less familiar with sports walks up and identifies a person they think they know.
The only trouble of course is that they don't have the slightest clue. They see a spitting image of someone from a Disney movie or a hit TV show, only it's an infinitely more athletic lookalike.
Generally, these moments happen at really crucial points in a game, making their observations that much more annoying to some, hilarious to others.
Probably my favorite was when I was a kid and a family member noted the striking resemblance that Greg Maddux had to Mathew Broderick. It was as disarming a remark as someone could have possibly made about the wily right-hander.
So it's worth a look through the NFL, if only because there are so many good examples. The "doppleganger," as it's known, is a surprisingly common feature in professional football. Here's a peek at some of the best.
Mike Holmgren and Craig Stadler
This one might be one of the best. Stadler, the veteran golfer, is an absolute dead ringer for the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Packers.
Holmgren, now the General Manager of the Browns, must be really weirded out looking at Stadler.
I mean, wouldn't you?
Adam Terry and Zach Galifianakis
Terry, a journeyman lineman from Syracuse, has a hilarious lookalike in one of the stars of the Hangover and Hangover II.
And while Terry might not have matched the success of the Greek-named comic, he can look on the bright side.
After all, he's always only one beard away from looking like "that dude from Hangover."
Cortland Finnegan and Paulie D
This is my personal favorite. The former seventh round draft pick (an enormous steal you'd have to say for the Titans) is a pretty good double for the Jersey Shore star.
The big difference would have to be in their general demeanor. While Paulie D remains fairly easygoing for long periods of time (occasionally mixing it up to be sure), he's a far cry from Finnegan in that respect.
Cortland's most famous bust-up came last season at the hands of the almost alarmingly reserved Houston Texans wideout, Andre Johnson. It was a memorable skirmish, if only because no one thought Johnson would do that, least of all, Finnegan, I'm guessing.
Aaron Rogers and B.J. Novak
This one you might not suspect. One is the star of the Super Bowl-winning team. The other is a hilarious character on The Office by the name of B.J. Novak.
Upon closer inspection, though, it's an interesting comparison.
Judge it for yourself.
Mark Sanchez and Adrian Grenier
This one people identified the second that the Jets picked Sanchez in the NFL draft.
Grenier, the star of HBO's Entourage, plays a character who isn't totally dissimilar from Sanchez's position in New York. Both are up-and-coming stars who are likable and are, it's probably safe to say, beloved by 90 percent of the women in this country.
(By the way, as a longtime Entourage fan, I'm as excited for the final season, as I am sad that it will soon be over.)
Mike Tomlin and Omar Epps
This one is downright scary. Are we sure that cloning of human beings hasn't happened yet?
It's like they were both created in a video game and the player got lazy. They could switch places, and it might even fool guys on the Steelers (except Hines Ward, who's too clever for that).
It's the best NFL celebrity doppleganger I've ever seen (Please comment if you can think of one that's better; I'm sure I forgotten a few good ones.).