Athletes have always had their eggs in many a basket, from clothing lines, to full-on music careers(I’m looking at you Shaq.) And while appearing in movies and TV shows is nothing new for them, it’s still exciting when Muggsy Bogues pops up in an episode of Curb your Enthusiasm or Derek Jeter shows up in an episode of Seinfeld. So, here I’ve gathered a list of athlete cameos in TV comedies that we never could have expected.
Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams on Seinfeld
While George gives Jeter and Williams a lesson in how to hit a baseball, he might have found it useful to give them an acting lesson, too. While they are both quite stiff actors, they make for easy targets for George’s bashing– especially when he makes fun of then for taking six games to win the World Series.
Shaq on Curb Your Enthusiasm
I don’t think Larry David has ever been as apologetic as he was when he tripped Shaq while he had court-side seats at a Los Angeles Lakers game. But lucky for him the 7’1″ monster that is Shaq, is a huge fan of Seinfeld, and doesn’t really mind. Spike Lee better hope that Carmelo Anthony is a fan of Do the Right Thing, should the same thing happen to him at Knicks game.
Joe Namath on The Simpsons
Yes, Joe Namath can be a bit of a drunk lunatic sometimes, but at one point he was a man who could provide some sound football advice to even the likes of Bart Simpson.
LeBron James on Entourage
Look, I’m going to be honest, LeBron made this list because I’m from Cleveland.
Kobe Bryant on The Simpsons
Sure, Kobe Bryant may be ranked the 40th best player in the NBA currently(according to ESPN not me) but at least he can take an animated punch lie a champ, right?
Muggsy Bogues on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David’s curiosity gets the best of him when he takes a peek at Muggsy Bogues’ “dick” while peeing next to him at a urinal. David’s reaction just might be the answer to why size has never been an issue for the 5’3″ former NBA star.
Keith Hernandez on Seinfeld
The likening of the “magic loogie theory” to that of the film JFK’s “magic bullet theory” is perhaps, the greatest scene in Seinfeld history, and easily makes Keith Hernandez cameo the greatest as far as athletes goes. Nice game, pretty boy!