15 Athletes You Can Pay to Hang out with

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

15 Athletes You Can Pay to Hang out with

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    While there are a few things that, specifically, us guys often find ourselves paying for—I won't say what since we're a PG-13 site—one thing that I never imagined would be available for purchase is to hang out with a pro athlete.

    Then one of my editors told me that you can, in fact, drop some dime to spend a few hours with one of your favorite players.

    Like the aforementioned other thing we might consider paying for, there are varying levels of prices, but here are a few athletes who you may want to do a deal with—and it won't set you back millions of dollars like it does a sports-team owner.

Zach Randolph

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    Price Range: $4,500-$7,000

    A two-time All-Star, who wouldn't want to hang out with the Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph?

    Although he seems a bit of a hot head at times—as evidenced by his suspension following an elbow to an opponent in this year's playoffs—Z Bo did earn himself the Community Assist Award a few times in 2010 and '13, so he has proved to actually be a big sweetie off the court.

    Hopefully that's the Randolph fans will be paying for for the day.

Mike Eruzione

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    Price: $25,000-$35,000

    It's one of the most surprising and historic upsets in sports history, so wouldn't you want to know what it was like to not only be on the ice during the U.S. hockey team's upset of the USSR in 1980, but also be the captain of that squad?

    For anywhere between $25,000-$35,000, you can get Mike Eruzione for a speaking engagement—who, no doubt, would talked about what it takes to be a champion.

Roddy White

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    Price: $5,000

    Knowing that Atlanta Falcons All-Pro wideout Roddy White likes to place bets with fans, who wouldn't like to take the guy somewhere to hang out with him?

    I'd recommend something like Dave & Buster's, where the two of you can compete in various games like quick-shot basketball to see who collects the most prize tickets at the end of the day.

    I just hope White actually pays up should you bet him something—after you pay up for him giving you time to hang out.

Heather Mitts

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    Price Range: $99-$7,000

    Before there was Alex Morgan, there was Heather Mitts—who did one hell of a job as the resident hottie on the U.S. women's soccer team.

    So if you have a pulse, I wouldn't see why spending some money to hang with the former soccer star wouldn't be a good idea.

    On top of her incredible looks, Heather could show off her three Olympic gold medals and lone World Cup silver to remind you who's boss.

Eric Berry

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    Price Range: $2,000-$4,000

    He's one of the best young defensive backs in the league, but if you're dropping money to spend a day with Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, do yourself a favor and don't take him anywhere near horses.

    You'd be best served spending about $2,000 for him to participate in either a fantasy draft or pickup game, it's your choice to see if he wants to screw your fake team over online, or screw your team over by bricking shots on the court.

Mike Modano

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    Price Range: $99-$22,500

    An 11-time NHL All-Star, former Dallas Stars superstar captain Mike Modano can be all yours for a couple thousand bucks—depending on what you're looking for.

    Honestly, I'm not much of a hockey fan. So all I would want to do is ask him how cool it was for him to have a small cameo in The Mighty Ducks way back when.

    That's probably not worth thousands, but I'd buy the guy a couple rounds of beer to see how he really felt.

Rob Gronkowski

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    Price Range: $5,000-$15,000

    If New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski promised me he would go HAM at the club like he did following the Pats loss in the Super Bowl a couple years ago, I'd drop mad dime to kick it with him.

    Hell, if Gronk just wanted to walk down the street somewhere with me, I'd probably give him a few hundred bucks.

    The guy is a party animal and has been known to hang out with porn stars—what guy in their right mind wouldn't want to chill with him?

Curt Schilling

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    Price Range: $15,000-$45,000

    Although former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling made more than $114 million during his career, many of us are aware of the ridiculous $50 million hit he took while trying to desperately keep his video game business afloat a few years ago.

    Maybe that's why the three-time World Series champ is looking for some extra cash using his sports ability?

    But seeing how he owns one of the gutsiest moments in Boston Red Sox history, I'm sure Sox fans won't oblige to giving the guy a few thousands bucks to hang with.

Cheryl Miller

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    Price Range: $875-$10,000

    While her brother, Reggie Miller, might be more recognizable by most sports fans, Cheryl Miller undeniably sits atop the basketball throne amongst her family members.

    As one of the best women's hoops players ever—and arguably the most influential—Cheryl could give you a few tips while sitting next to you in the stands or recommend a good dish at lunch or dinner for a couple thousand bucks.

Tiki Barber

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    Price Range: $99-$5,000

    As one of the founders of the website Thuzio—which is where all of these athletes offer their services—I just had to put former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber on here.

    Whether it's grabbing lunch with Tiki, watching a game or playing a round of golf, I'm not sure there's a price I wouldn't pay to ask Barber how it really felt to retire the season before his longtime team, the New York Giants, won the Super Bowl—even though he owns multiple franchise records.

    Sure, it'd be uncomfortable the rest of the day, but eventually he'd loosen up if we hit the karaoke scene like he did in this video.

Robert Horry

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    Price Range: $99-$5,000

    While it'd be amazing to hang out with Michael Jordan someday in my life, buying a few hours with a guy who actually has more NBA rings than MJ wouldn't be too bad either.

    Sure, Robert Horry didn't achieve all the greatness that Jordan did while in the league, but as part of seven different title teams, he was a key contributor in his 16 years—plus, he earned one of the coolest/funniest nicknames ever, Big Shot Bob—so he has to have some good stories to tell.

Cris Carter

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    Price Range: $10,000-$30,000

    One of the most sure-handed wide receivers in NFL history, Hall of Famer Cris Carter has shown that he has plenty of personality to spare each week on ESPN's NFL Countdown during the football season.

    For that reason alone—OK, and because he's a former Ohio State Buckeye—I wouldn't mind having him as the fourth in a round of golf with my buddies and me—although it'd definitely set me back a pretty penny.

Gary Payton

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    Price Range: $10,000-$12,500

    Recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, point guard Gary Payton was one of the biggest trash talkers in the history of sports, so one thing any fan could count on is being entertained while kicking it with the guy.

    Looking at the price point to get Payton to do anything—send a tweet, play in a pickup game or make an appearance—is actually a bit absurd to me, but as long as he brings the swagger he played with during his 17 NBA seasons, it might just be worth it.

Roger Clemens

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    Price Range: $99-$45,000

    An 11-time All-Star and seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Roger Clemens would have been a surefire Hall of Famer had it not been for that whole PED stuff.

    One of the most expensive athletes on Thuzio's site, Clemens might command top dollar from fans to hang out with, but beware, because while it might be the best day in your life, there's a good chance The Rocket might just "misremember" any of it happening.

Pete Rose

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    Price Range: $99-$25,000

    Of all the athletes on this list, doesn't buying MLB's all-time hits leader for a few hours, Pete Rose, have to be the most intriguing?

    The dude gambled on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds for crying out loud, costing himself a chance at the Hall of Fame and dragging his own name through the dirt.

    Seeing how a group of your buddies could pitch in a few thousand dollars to have an epic—and probably awkward—dinner with Rose to hear stories about his baseball career might just be the best deal in sports history.


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