The Funniest Athlete Costumes from Past Halloweens

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIOctober 26, 2011

The Funniest Athlete Costumes from Past Halloweens

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    As the leaves start to change color and hockey teams begin to find their rhythm, eccentric athletes worldwide are preparing for their juvenile Halloween routine.

    Many of these sports figures may run their mouths and talk a big game, but only those with the colorful personality to stretch the limits will impress fans with their baffling costumes.

    If fans need any inspiration for this year's outfits, all it takes is a bit of detective work and some creativity.

    Only the most bewildering personalities can be revered for their jaw-dropping creations.

    With that said, here are the funniest athlete costumes for Halloween.


30. Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain Are Entering Kansas

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    There's clearly no need to make the playoffs when the Yanks have the opportunity to dress like this instead.

    While Ian Kennedy did finish this past season 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks, it's safe to say the Yankees miss his ability to dress up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz more.

    Joba Chamberlain's iconic lion, Shelley Duncan's stoic scarecrow and Phil Hughes' robotic Tin Man undoubtedly bring happiness to a frustrated fanbase.

    This picture can only bring animated smiles to all its viewers.

29. Shaquita O'Neal Is in the House

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    While the hefty, yet legendary center may not have as iconic and memorable an outfit as his WAG, Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander, Shaquille O'Neal is still quite the champ for his adventurous willingness to experiment.

    Not only was he dressed as "Shaquita," but O'Neal even proved to fans he would have a better stage presence than Beyonce if given the chance.

    Still dominant.

28. Jay Cutler Reveals His Feelings

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    As if Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn't questioned enough already about his supposed lack of toughness during the NFC championship game last season, he is now being forced to reminisce about his days at Vanderbilt.

    Halloween of 2005 was clearly a fun one for the inconsistent signal-caller.

    He has plenty to prove this year.

27. Rajon Rondo Tries the Tee

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    He may defeat defenses with his elusive moves on a nightly basis during the NBA season, but feisty point guard Rajon Rondo is beginning to impress all who doubted his creative side.

    While he did complete the outfit quite nicely, the pulse of the Boston Celtics did miss a few things.

    Nine exclusions to be exact.

26. Robinson Cano Cheers the Team Better

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    While the sweet-swinging slugger did seem psyched when he set a record for home runs in the final round of the 2011 Home Run Derby with 12, Robinson Cano might feel more comfortable cheering the team on.

    Or maybe he just loves to embrace the holidays with an unrelenting determination to be the best.

    If he improves upon this season's .302 average and 28 homeruns, the Yankees surely won't mind how he spends his off days.

25. Tiki Barber Is Getting Desperate

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    He may have a problem getting an NFL job right now, but former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber can seemingly find a position at the Bronx Zoo if he feels inclined.

    With 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns rushing, Barber can certainly beat out fellow reptiles.

24. Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish Are Dumbing

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    There's nothing quite like dressing as idiots to bring a team together.

    Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks gave fans the belief that the team was clearly gelling when they dressed as Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber in 2009.

    Toews, who continues to harness the playmaking ability that produced 32 goals and 44 assists last year, undoubtedly misses his former teammate.

    Now on the Dallas Stars, Burish seemingly needs to find a new Harry for his Lloyd.

23. The Oddity Known as Dennis Rodman

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    While we believe the Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is attempting to be Gene Simmons, it's seemingly obvious Dennis Rodman isn't messing around.

    With the dangerous hair, the distinguished smile and the face paint, there is no way he can be topped.

    Fans are undoubtedly yearning for a breathtaking encore.

22. Tommy Lasorda Isn't Dodging This Responsibility

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    As a two-time World Series champion and two-time NL Manager of the Year, one might expect former Los Angeles Dodgers head honcho Tommy Lasorda to improve the routine Santa Claus costume with his own topping.

    However, he may want to work on perfecting the original before he adds his own flavor to the outfit.

    While he may fit perfectly, Lasorda still needs to relax the arms, lift up the beard and put an iconic smile on his face to avoid scaring the children.

21. Reggie Bush Is Steady Mobbin'

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    He may have lost his Heisman Trophy, but Reggie Bush sure didn't lose his flair for the unexpected.

    Seemingly leaning towards a mobster of the Prohibition era, the Miami Dolphins' running back features a crisp suit, unrelenting stare and beautiful sidekick to pull off this unlikely costume.

    The gold earrings, however, aren't quite as authentic.

20. Paul Pierce Licks Away This Halloween

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    We now know how the nine-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA team selection will be spending his free time during the NBA lockout.

    Paul Pierce is known for his stealthiness on the court, but it's his weirdness off the court that is getting fans' attention.

    He's clearly got the attitude to be a frog.

19. Barry Bonds Is the Judged

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    He may be the all-time home run leader with 762, but Barry Bonds is evidently more prolific as an American Idol judge than he is a pure slugger.

    With his fashionable glasses, audacious head tilt and pulsating muscles, the former San Francisco Giants outfielder was eventually approached by a throng of impressed males, and he gave out his number three times.

    The alleged performance-enhancing drugs arguably hindered the potential of this outfit.

18. Brady Quinn Takes to the Village

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    While he may appear to be a bulkier version of Zac Efron bereft of a musical act, Denver Broncos backup signal-caller Brady Quinn is evidently yearning to be a village person.

    Considering he sported this eloquent costume at his sister Laura's wedding to Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, Quinn is undoubtedly hoping to prove his comedic prowess and excite all those in attendance.

    With his NFL career snowballing towards anonymity, he may want to turn to a career in acting.

17. Metta World Peace Still Surprising His Audience

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    While the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year is known for his aggressive nature on the court, Ron Artest (Metta World Peace officially) is clearly fearless off the court with his costume choices.

    Always a strong stage presence for the Los Angeles Lakers forward.

16. Serena Williams Switches Sides

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    She may be a former World No. 1 with 39 career WTA victories, but Serena Williams apparently wanted to be Roger Federer on this night.

    While his 67 wins are enticing, Federer's World No. 4 ranking isn't quite the most ideal.

    Williams may want to try World No. 1 Novak Djokovic next time.

15. Sheldon Brown Is to Be Feared

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    This must have been the face that Reggie Bush saw when he got leveled by former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown.

    With only one interception this year for the 3-3 Cleveland Browns, Brown clearly isn't scaring opposing offenses.

    He may want to revert back to his old ways.

14. John McEnroe's Reverse Method

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    Most fans undeniably want to prance around with the satisfaction of having won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.

    While former World No. 1 John McEnroe clearly does a fantastic imitation of his younger self, he is missing one crucial element.

    The outfit is only complete once he yells "You cannot be serious" at an innocent umpire and slams his racket on the floor.

13. Pat Burrell Is the Machine

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    It's official, Pat Burrell is "the machine."

    While this clearly isn't his first appearance, he can thank his San Francisco teammate Brian Wilson for the exposure.

    Fans are undoubtedly curious about "the machine."

12. Michael Jordan Knits His Way to the Top

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    Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time may have been unstoppable on the court, but off it, he seemingly plays an elderly Chicago Bulls fan.

    With his curious glare, eery smile and careless knitting, Michael Jordan produces a disturbing image.

    His opponents must have had nightmares about this.

11. Bill Belichick Steals Treasure

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    While opposing players around the league may see New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as a pirate in regards to his class on the field, nobody thought he actually dressed like this on a normal basis.

    It may have been an exciting Halloween for the legendary coach, but he'll most likely want to get rid of that outfit in the near future.

10. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones Stomp Their Feet

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    Arguably the most potent running back tandem in college during their years at Arkansas, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones may have caused their fans' jaws to drop more often off the field than on.

    With McFadden racking up 4,590 yards to become Arkansas' all-time rushing leader and Jones compiling 2,954 yards as a solid compliment, these two couldn't be stopped.

    It's safe to say these two could realistically power the Flintstones cars made of stone, wood and animal skin just like Fred and Barney do.

    It's all in the feet.

9. Jamal Crawford Goes Vintage

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    While he is known for his flashiness on the court, Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford is seemingly just as gaudy off it.

    He was clearly born for the 1970s.

8. Shaun White's Business Sense

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    He may be a two-time Olympic gold medalist, but snowboarder Shaun White clearly has what it takes to run a fast food business.

    Wendy's would undoubtedly be honored to have him representing their establishment.

    White seems excited for the chance.

7. Rudy Gay Becomes the King

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    While LeBron James may be known as "The King" on the basketball court, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay is evidently known as the "King of Pop" away from it.

    There is seemingly no better way to spend an offseason than dancing with the fluidity and flair of Michael Jackson.

    All he needs is his Jackson four.

6. Jeff Gordon Doesn't Commit

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    The only thing missing from this comical outfit is the highway rest stop.

    While he is known as a four-time Sprint Cup Series champion and a three-time Daytona 500 winner, Jeff Gordon is also starting to garner respect for his creativity.

    He may be third on the all-time wins list with 85 career victories, but none were bigger and more pleasing than this one. 

5. Clinton Portis' Finest Work

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    While it's clear the oft-injured running back loves to mix up his morning repertoire with a different style each day, Clinton Portis goes above and beyond with this alter ego.

    This character, a dance instructor known as "Choo Choo," uses an intricately-braided wig, distinguished glasses and a gaudy covering to impress the reporters.

    Easily Portis' best work thus far.

4. Dwight Howard Walks a Mile in Different Shoes

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    He may be Superman on the court, but the franchise center for the Orlando Magic seemingly plays a far different role when he's not playing.

    With 22.9 points and 14.1 rebounds per game this past season, Dwight Howard surely won't need to "dance for food," but he clearly will mix things up for Halloween.

    Another dominant performance.

3. Jason Taylor Runs Like Ricky

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    While he does have 9,729 yards and 65 touchdowns on the ground since being the fifth overall pick of the 1999 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, prolific running back Ricky Williams is seemingly known better for his hippie ways rather than his athletic prowess.

    Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor pulls off an exaggerated, albeit comical imitation of his former teammate with heavy dreadlocks, a Bob Marley-esque headband and mysterious glasses.

    All he needs now is a proper Yoga position.

2. Dwayne Wade Gets in Sync

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    This was more than just a costume, it was a transformation.

    While LeBron James gets unwanted attention regarding his lack of rings, Dwayne Wade impresses cameras and fans with his colorful mockery of Justin Timberlake.

    All the Miami Heat star is missing is the childish boy band behind him.

1. Cam Newton Keeps Flying

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    In 2010, Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton joined backup quarterback Clint Moseley for a gentle attempt at comedy. 

    While he continues to fly around the field for the Carolina Panthers, compiling 266 rushing yards from the quarterback position with seven touchdowns, the potent signal-caller is also impressing fans and his teammates with his comedic abilities.

    There is no ceiling for this budding star.