Funniest Athletes of All Time

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6. Bob Uecker
> League: MLB
> Team: Milwaukee Braves

Bob Uecker had a short-lived MLB career, but his time as a broadcaster who’s known for his quick wit has stretched nearly 50 years. Uecker broke into acting as well. Baseball and comedy fans will no doubt remember him as the incredulous radio broadcaster Harry Doyle in the “Major League” movie franchise, telling listeners at home that pitches nowhere close to the plate were “juuuuuust a bit outside.” He also starred in the family sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” as well as a series of entertaining beer commercials.

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5. Blake Griffin
> League: NBA
> Team: Detroit Pistons

After his time in the NBA is over, former first overall pick Blake Griffin may have a career as a standup comic. Griffin worked the world-famous Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and went toe-to-toe with top insult comic Jeff Ross in a roast battle. His acting skills are top-notch as well, as proven by his memorable appearance on the Comedy Central show “Broad City.”

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4. Pat McAfee
> League: NFL
> Team: Indianapolis Colts

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee made headlines when he was arrested for public intoxication after swimming in an Indianapolis canal in 2010. As embarrassed as he was by the experience, he made it part of his burgeoning comedy career, talking about that and his time in the NFL in a comedy tour across Indiana. McAfee also used to host his own sports and comedy podcast. He’s still having fun on the field — he recently pranked Colts fans when he put on an old man disguise and kicked field goals during a game.

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3. Charles Barkley
> League: NBA
> Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Charles Barkley is instant entertainment. Whether he’s playing basketball, starring in a movie, or appearing as a guest on a talk show. “The Round Mound of Rebound” is always good for a laugh. Barkley has hosted SNL four times, each episode funnier than the last. He’s also won two Emmys for outstanding sports personality for “Inside the NBA.” His scenes in “Space Jam” are still classic movie moments, especially when he promises to “never go out with Madonna again.” Though the funniest thing about Barkley may be his infamously bad golf swing.

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2. Peyton Manning
> League: NFL
> Team: Indianapolis Colts

During his career, Peyton Manning may have spent more time on television screens as a commercial pitchman than as a quarterback. The former Colt and Bronco appeared in comical spots for Nationwide insurance, Papa John’s pizza, and Mastercard, among many others. Manning proved he could make people laugh on stage as well. Manning roasted Rob Lowe and drew rave reviews as the host of the 2017 ESPY awards on ESPN, and his episode on “Saturday Night Live” remains an all-time classic, named by “Rolling Stone” as the best SNL episode hosted by an athlete.

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