Sport Stars That Became Music Stars

Becoming a sports star is not easy. Hours of training are needed to become elite in your field. But many stars then want to try something new. Here are five that also tried music

Five Sports Stars That Tried to Be Music Stars Too


Figure 1 There are plenty of sports stars that think they can sing too

Being an elite athlete is tough. There are the many hours of training and practice that are required to keep you at the top of your game. But there can also be a lot of downtime that you have to fill looking after your body but not getting bored.

It is not surprising that a lot of sports stars turn to music. But when they try their hand at singing or rapping the result is not always as ‘elite’ as their performances on the field or court. Here are five stars that are more used to attention from the Vegas sportsbooks than the music charts.

Shaquille O’Neal

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is one of the biggest names in basketball of the late 20th century. His size and skills made him a household name – and brought him four NBA championships, three NBA MVP awards and he was a 15-time NBA All-Star. But he also did pretty well behind the mic as well.

It is a matter of personal opinion whether or not you think Shaq Diesel had flow, but there is no denying that his personality and popularity earned him some impressive record sales. A semi-official member of rap crew the Fu-Schnickens at one time, Shaq went on to turn his hand to DJing as well.

Clint Dempsey

This Texas native became arguably the greatest ever US export to the EPL in England, where his performances for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur earned him rave reviews and an international career that spanned 141 appearances for the USMNT – including three FIFA World Cups.

But he also recorded a promotional track for the 2006 World Cup under the name Deuce alongside fellow Texas rappers XO and Big Hawk. The result was actually not too bad and showed a sensitive side that wasn’t always evident out on the field of play during his career.

Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo is probably best known for having New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez knock a ball out of his glove in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. That struck off a run by Derek Jetter and the Boston Red Sox went on to win the World Series with Arroyo making his own contribution on the mound.

Perhaps thanks to that attention, Arroyo recorded the imaginatively titled Covering the Bases album a year later. This collection of grunge covers did well in the Boston area at least and he later teamed up with some other Red Sox teammates and the Dropkick Murphys on a track.


Figure 2 Music crowds haven’t always been as appreciative as sports crowds for these five

Deion Sanders

Neon Deion was one of the most extravagant football players of the 1990s and ended up becoming a two-time Super Bowl champion in an illustrious career. His antics enraged and excited fans in equal measure and it was always likely that he would continue to attract the headlines off the field.

But his dip into the music industry didn’t go quite as well. As a friend of the legendary MC Hammer, Sanders released Prime Time, a rap album that was universally panned by the critics. Although Sanders was incredibly popular his music wasn’t – and the album failed to chart.

Jacques Villeneuve

This former Formula 1 champion and Indy 500 winner is the son of a famous racing driver, so it was always going to be the case that he would have some kind of success on the track. But it was when his racing career was ending – and he wasn’t sure that his contract would be renewed – that Villeneuve took to music in a big way.

The French-speaking Canadian wrote and recorded most of the songs on an album of acoustic rock that unfortunately didn’t go down too well with music fans. Even Father, a tribute to his own dad, failed to gain appreciation outside the Quebec pop charts.

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