Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a funny guy, but are his actual jokes funny? Here are 12 athletes who have tweeted, or Instagrammed or just flat out spoken a sports-related joke. (Tom Brady Facebooking his April Fool's joke was sort of a joke all its own, amirite?)
Now, I just said these were jokes—I didn't say they were necessarily funny. The funnier they are, the higher they rank in my book.
One Saturday night in April, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers started tweeting up some jokes for no apparent reason. There was something weird about pirate memories and something slightly better involving free-range chicken.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had plenty to say about the Deflategate scandal. The notorious party boy chastised the media for its obsession with the storyline, and even tossed in a "deez nutz" joke for good measure. Although honestly, it's unclear if Gronk really understands "deez nutz" jokes.
April 1 is a day for jokes. This year, before that whole suspension business, Tom Brady joined in the fun. The New England Patriots QB posted a photo of himself in a full-body cast (signed by Michael Jordan) to Facebook. Apparently Brady did play basketball with Jordan in the Bahamas, but obviously the massive injury thing was just a gag.
Let's round things out with one more Deflategate wisecrack. Tony Romo has been the butt of the joke enough times in his career—he's earned a chance to throw few haymakers of his own.
The Dallas Cowboys signal-caller attended the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. When asked about the Deflategate drama, Romo replied, "We're the Dallas Cowboys. We have real balls," according to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post. The joke was decent, but sort of obvious, and it was a long way from being the best (of many) Deflategate jokes.
Arian Foster's got pee jokes. The Houston Texans running back apparently got tapped for a random drug test, and he wasn't thrilled. His tweets were all in good fun, but man, low blow about the NFL and player safety.
Ohio State QB Cardale Jones used the college football national championship's media day as a platform for some good old-fashioned teammate ribbing. According to Micah Peters of For The Win, OSU safety Tyvis Powell interrupted the presser, to which Jones repaid him by joking, "I should've never walked out on your mom all them years ago."
Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays must've watched Johnny Manziel's first start with the Cleveland Browns in December. Manziel had a pretty dismal day, throwing for just 80 yards with two interceptions in a 30-0 blowout. In response, Donaldson tweeted a few digs at the young quarterback—it seems like it was all in good fun, though.
At the time, Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson reposted an image which depicted Harden wearing a Cowboys headset and included a snarky caption. The verdict on this one: Two parts funny, one part mean.
The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles played a game at Camden Yards in April with no fans in the stands. The game was closed to the public due to unrest in Baltimore near the park.
Though the situation in Baltimore was serious, the game images of an empty stadium were just weird. White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton made light of the fanless game with this joke beforehand.
When Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open in February, he reportedly said, "I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but it's just they never stayed activated," according to Ron Kaspriske of Golf Digest.
Since glute jokes are funny, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had a little fun on Twitter at Woods' (apparent) expense. Days after Woods' comment, Curry tweeted #GlutesActivated before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The NFL free-agency deadline is always an exciting time for fans and pundits to speculate about who will go where. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt got in on the action himself in February, mocking the hype by breaking the news of a fictional transaction involving legendary sports movie characters.
Bryce Harper, T.J. Yates and Kyle Long even joined in. Eventually the four of them covered everyone from Benny the Jet to Icebox.
Recently, the QB appeared on the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. He told a joke as part of the Top 10 segment titled, "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave." Manning's joke: "Dave, you are to comedy what I am to...comedy."
And the delivery was on point, of course. Ah, Peyton—always got jokes.