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List Rules Only the athletes who are the biggest jokesters. No unintentional humor

The funniest professional athletes are the stars of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL who don't just amaze fans with their athletic skills but also keep their fans and teammates laughing with their jokes, antics and other assorted hilarity. Should these pro athletes ever need a second job or a new career once their football, baseball, basketball or hockey days end, comedy or entertainment would be a great choice.

For the most part, fans see what the athletes do on the field as they watch games in person or on television but on rare occasions we get a glimpse into how these beloved sports stars act in real life. Some athletes make that easy with their constant tweeting, like New England Patriots wide out Chad Ochocinco, the NHL's best fourth-liner Paul Bissonnette and retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. These guys aren't just some of the most followed and most active athletes on Twitter but also easily the funniest athletes on Twitter.

Going beyond social media, other athletes let fans into their lighter side with special appearances and other online fan interactions. Baller Steve Nash, mullet-lover Jared Allen and all-star pitcher C.J. Wilson are all frequent stars of their own YouTube videos where they do all kinds of wacky things. MLB player Brian Wilson, whose beard alone could get a laugh, has also starred in hilarious videos, in between other antics like showing up to the ESPY Awards in a spandex tuxedo and filming funny commercials.

Others have more of a subtle sense of humor that comes out in small doses during media appearances and locker room interviews. There is however a trend for impersonations, just as Dwight Howard, who can do a mean impersonation of coach Stan Van Gundy, or Pittsburgh Steeler Crezdon Butler who can do a hilarious impersonation of coach Mike Tomlin.

However these athletes are funny, they show us a softer, more human side of our favorite sports stars. Since we can't get all of our favorites athletes to share their lives with reality shows, these brief looks into their lives, whether it's scripted comedy or just them being their funny selves, will have to do.

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Muhammad Ali age 73

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
JaVale McGee age 27

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Steve Nash age 41

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Blake Griffin age 26

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Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Dennis Rodman age 54

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Mike Tyson age 49

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Brian Wilson age 33

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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Aaron Rodgers age 32

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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Jared Allen age 33

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Dwight Howard age 30

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
LeBron James age 31

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Deion Sanders age 48

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Kevin Durant age 27

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
John McEnroe age 56

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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Joe Namath age 72

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Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Chris Bosh age 31

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Clay Matthews III is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Kevin Love age 27

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Larry Bird age 61

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Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Conor McGregor

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John Salley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
John Salley age 51

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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Andre Agassi age 45

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Chael Sonnen age 38

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Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Clinton Portis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Mario Barwuah Balotelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Mario Barwuah Balotelli age 25 - He was caught trespassing at a women's prison in Italy (October 2010) He racked up $300,000 in team fines last season (2010-11) He racked up $10,000 in parking tickets, and had his Maserati impounded 27 times (2010) He ...

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Magic Johnson age 56

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Ryan Dempster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Ryan Dempster age 38

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Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Johnny Damon age 42

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
David Ortiz age 40

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Paul Bissonnette is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Tim Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Tim Kennedy age 29

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Derek Holland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Derek Holland age 29

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Heath Bell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Heath Bell age 38

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Bob Uecker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Bob Uecker age 81

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Gary Payton age 47

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Andrei Markov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Andrei Markov age 37

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Terrell Owens age 42

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Kevin Garnett age 39