Funniest Athletes of All Time

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21. Joe Namath
> League: NFL
> Team: New York Jets

Joe Namath was one of the great characters of the early Super Bowl-era of the NFL. Known for his braggadocious nature and flashy clothes, Namath was one of the first athletes to appear in a funny commercial. “Broadway Joe” surprised everyone when he wore a pair of pantyhose in a 1974 ad, telling viewers, “if Beautymist can make my legs look good, imagine what they’ll do for yours.”

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20. Brent Burns
> League: NHL
> Team: San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns gets plenty of attention thanks to his unique look — no front teeth and a big, bushy beard — as well as his stellar play for the San Jose Sharks. He’s also one to watch online, as his Twitter account was ranked as one of the best among NHL players by CBC. @Burnzie88 makes for an entertaining follow, posting hilarious photoshops and his encounters with zoo animals.

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19. Michael Jordan
> League: NBA
> Team: Chicago Bulls

Michael Jordan became a legend for his serious and competitive nature on the basketball court, but he proved he could have some fun as well. Besides hoops, MJ is probably best known for “Space Jam,” a favorite 1990s children’s film among kids across the country. Jordan also hosted a memorable episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 1991.

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18. Boban Marjanovic
> League: NBA
> Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Boban Marjanovic, the 7-foot-3 Serbian center, has become a fan favorite largely thanks to Twitter. Marjanovic has gone viral for his dance moves with teammate Tobias Harris and an astounding photo of him standing next to the diminutive 4-foot-11 Kristin Chenoweth. Whether it’s singing Spice Girls songs, dunking the ball without jumping, or using his height to play keepaway with opponents, Marjanovic is a must-watch player.

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17. Alex Karras
> League: NFL
> Team: Detroit Lions

Alex Karras had several great careers — one as a defensive tackle in the NFL, one as a broadcaster, and another as a comedic actor. Karras has a long list of credits that includes classic comedies like “Blazing Saddles” and “Porky’s,” but he’s probably best remembered as the star of the 1980s sitcom “Webster.” Karras fittingly played a former NFL player who helps raise the orphaned son of a former teammate. Additionally, Karras was a commentator on “Monday Night Football” in the mid-1970s and enlivened the broadcasts with his humorous observations about the game and its players.

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