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The Funniest Professional Athletes 

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Updated December 18, 2019 41.2k votes 5.4k voters 117.2k views 117 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.
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 47

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 43

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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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

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#63 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #263 of 469 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time #6 of 188 The Best Boxers of All Time

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
NVGLeopard added Conor McGregor
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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
that1chick added Age: 71

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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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

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 45

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
theebrycehardiman added Age: 60

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
sean-miller added Age: 38

Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Bpbanks added Age: 63

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

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Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 35

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
liplip added Age: 44

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 58

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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Clay Matthews III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 33

Birthplace: Northridge, Los Angeles, California

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Professional Athletes
Age: 34

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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