5 Colorful Athlete Personalities Who Would Excel on Television

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2011

5 Colorful Athlete Personalities Who Would Excel on Television

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    Let me ask you a question. What is the best thing that has ever happened to television shows?

    You guessed it. ATHLETE CAMEOS!!!

    Not only is it extremely exciting, especially when its on your favorite show, but the cameos are usually hilarious due to the poor acting jobs. Athletes should never act, but it is always fun to see from time to time.

    But if a sports star had to join a television show permanently, which athletes would be able to make this transition as smooth as possible?

    In the following slides, I will show you the five athletes who I think could excel with a permanent role on a television show. 

Dwight Howard

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    Whether he goes to Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey or stays in Orlando, Dwight Howard will always be an entertainer. From awing millions at the NBA Slam Dunk competitions to his famous impersonations, Howard has become one of the most popular figures in the NBA.

    This three-time Defensive Player of the Year has already made a name for himself outside of basketball, as his Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 commercial was a huge hit.

    It would be hard to believe that the personality of Howard would not excel on a television show. 

Calais Campbell

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    Calais Campbell, the star defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, has had a great season up to date. The 6'8" monster out of the University of Miami has tallied 60 tackles to go along with his seven sacks. He has been an absolute stud on the field. 

    However, not many people know that behind this humongous defensive star's rough image is actually a very funny personality. Don't believe me? Just watch this short video for FOX Sports featuring Campbell.

    My first thoughts after watching the aforementioned video is that this guy would be a great addition to NBC's hit show "The Office." I can't even imagine all the different pranks Jim Halpert and Campbell would perform on Dwight Schrute.

Peyton Manning

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    Peyton Manning is considered on of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterbacks of all-time. However, not many people know that Manning is actually one of the funniest guys in the NFL. Most people think of Manning as the cold-blooded assassin who has no mercy against his opponents, but he does possess a dry and sarcastic sense of humor that I find hilarious.

    Just watch this skit from "Saturday Night Live" if you don't believe me.

    Now that the end of his career is just on the horizon, Manning may want to consider going into acting as a way to stay in the spotlight.

Brian Wilson

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    What would Brian Wilson not do to stay in the media and spotlight?

    After being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2003, Wilson automatically became a fan favorite due to his eccentric behavior. His personality has been docked as peculiar and strange, but I believe it is actually very entertaining along with his awesome beard. 

    If he did choose to star on television, he would probably be picked up by a reality show. In my opinion, these types of shows are worthless, but any show with Wilson would have me tuned in every week. 

Blake Griffin

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    After being drafted first overall back in 2009 by the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin exploded on the scene in 2010-2011 season to the tune of 22.5 points per game. His season was so amazing that Sports Illustrated named him one of The 15 Greatest Rookies of All-Time. Not only did he dominate the league, but he won the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA Rookie of the Year and was named an All-Star reserve.

    Looking to build on his fantastic rookie campaign, the NBA lockout threatened to exterminate most, if not all, of his sophomore season. Griffin, however, saw this as an opportunity to intern at Funny or Die, a website that creates viral videos. His tenure on the Funny or Die team was successful as many of his skits, including this one, were hilarious.  

    Who better to be a star of a show than an athlete who has already conquered the Internet?