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The worst athletes of 2011 gave us reasons to follow our most beloved sports teams inly to end up disappointed and heartbroken when these highly touted athletes stunk it up. Whether they promised something fabulous then failed miserably, like one LeBron James, or got injured right after you wasted a first-round pick on them in your fantasy football draft, like one Peyton Hillis, or found another way to fail, these athletes each stand out from the pack as the biggest stinkers of the year.

It's easy to fault a favorite athlete after they do something stupid, such as the stomp attack heard round the world by Detroit Lions fan favorite Ndamukong Suh on Thanksgiving, but sometimes it's often when athletes do nothing that they disappoint us the most.

Athletes make big money and it's often those mind-blowing monster contract that end up burning the team ponying up the money and the fans, who expect a lot from the deal, in the end. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk and so many others signed huge contracts in 2011 only to severly underperform or not play at all the next season.

Other times, we only hate athletes because they are associated with other people we love to hate in 2011, such as their significant others. Anyone not living under a rock this year knows of the Kardashian family, which, for 72 days at least, included two NBA players, Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries. The reruns of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's wedding may be done and Kris Humphries' brief courtship with Kim Kardashian may be dunzo but we can't help but rank both Odom and Humphries as two athletes we've heard enough about already.

Like all good relationships, being a good sports fan takes a lot of work and assuredly always comes with good times or bad. Not everyone can be among the top athletes of the year and that would be boring anyway. If nothing else, these worst athletes of 2011 keep it interesting for all of us viewers at home.
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33 14
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

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44 22
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Tiger Woods age 42

3
59 41
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LeBron James age 33

4
35 22
Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

5
33 15
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

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27 12
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Adam Dunn age 36

7
27 11
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Chris Johnson age 32

8
33 18
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Chris Bosh age 31

9
28 15
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

10
22 10
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Luke Walton age 37

11
19 6
Jason Kapono is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Jason Kapono age 34

12
30 23
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Ndamukong Suh age 30

13
38 36
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Michael Vick age 37

14
25 13
Mark Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Mark Sanchez age 31

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19 11
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Peyton Hillis age 29

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22 15
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

17
11 5
Renaldo Balkman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

18
20 13
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

19
15 11
John Lackey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
John Lackey age 37

20
13 9
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Carl Crawford age 34

21
18 17
Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Lamar Odom age 36

22
21 18
Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Philip Rivers age 36

23
12 11
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Brook Lopez age 27

24
12 14
Nnamdi Asomugha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

25
18 19
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Dwyane Wade age 35

26
30 40
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Tim Tebow age 30

27
5 0
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Chipper Jones age 45

28
10 9
Felix Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Felix Jones age 28

29
8 7
Shonn Greene is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Shonn Greene age 30

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11 14
Ilya Kovalchuk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

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15 19
Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

32
11 19
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Sidney Crosby age 30

33
7 10
Garrett Hartley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

34
10 17
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

35
6 10
Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Tyreke Evans age 26

36
10 15
Jayson Werth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Jayson Werth age 36

37
13 25
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Carlos Boozer age 34

38
20 37
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011

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13 40
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Cam Newton age 28

40
2 11
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Julio Jones age 28

41
4 19
Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2011
Hope Solo age 36