Watchworthy

The Funniest Professional Athletes 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
Updated December 18, 2019 41.4k votes 5.4k voters 117.3k views 114 items

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.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
2
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
3
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
MarcosSuarez added Age: 77

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

More Muhammad Ali 

25 Muhammad Ali Quotes To Get You Floating Like A Butterfly #131 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #62 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

4
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 43

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

More Peyton Manning 

#134 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #199 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

5
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
6
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
7
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
tbb911 added Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant

More Mike Tyson 

#27 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,232 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #6 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time

8
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
9
Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
NVGLeopard added Conor McGregor
10
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 58

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

More Dennis Rodman 

#50 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,432 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #26 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

11
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
that1chick added Age: 71

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

More Terry Bradshaw 

#19 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #1,526 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #196 of 438 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

12
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
wiabux added Age: 52

Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

More Deion Sanders 

#1,031 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 81 The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time #649 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

13
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
14
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
15
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
16
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
sean-miller added Age: 38

Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

More Zlatan Ibrahimović 

#138 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #18 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #30 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players

17
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 45

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

More Steve Nash 

#24 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #376 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History

18
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
19
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Bpbanks added Age: 63

Birthplace: West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

More Larry Bird 

#3 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #137 of 243 Celebrities Who Should Run for President

20
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 34

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

More Dwight Howard 

#82 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #89 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #27 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

21
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
22
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
theebrycehardiman added Age: 60

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

More Magic Johnson 

#8 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #27 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

23
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
24
Bob Uecker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
RobLein added Bob Uecker Age: 84

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

More Bob Uecker 

#136 of 157 Ranking The Greatest WWE Hall of Fame Inductees #2 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time #36 of 47 Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

25
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 35

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

More Chris Bosh 

#85 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #40 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #91 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes