9 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Being an athlete and being a musician are two equally time-consuming, intricate, and difficult crafts. Believe it or not, there are some talented people out there that have the ability to be both. The people on this list are known more for their athletic ability, but possess that extra musical talent as an added bonus. Here is Trebel’s list of 9 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians:
1. Mike Piazza
Piazza is a former Major League Baseball catcher, known most notably for his time with the New York Mets. Earlier this year, the 12 time All-Star was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Somehow, aside from becoming one of the greatest catchers in baseball’s history, he found some time to jam out on the drums (and get pretty good at it too).
2. Henrik Lundqvist
New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist is not only one of the best goalies in the National Hockey League, he can also play a sweet guitar solo. Currently, you can watch him compete to win the Stanley Cup in the NHL playoffs, or you can watch him play “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the video below.
3. Allen Iverson
Best known for wearing #3 for the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson also could rap. This controversial track that Iverson recorded during the 2000 offseason never resulted in a record, but hey, it exists.
4. Bernie Williams
Bernie Williams had a 16-year career with the New York Yankees, but is also a classically trained guitarist and has released two jazz albums. These albums are no joke either, Williams has been nominated for a Latin Grammy. This Summer, he returned to Yankee Stadium to play the National Anthem.
Pelé, who is widely known as the greatest soccer player of all time, is also a very talented guitarist. At the age of 75, Pelé still enjoys playing guitar in his free time.
6. Bronson Arroyo
Former MLB pitcher, Bronson Arroyo can both sing and play guitar. Arroyo has preformed cover songs in front of crowds of fans, like in the video below taken in 2008. He released an album titled Covering the Bases which consists of cover songs and even some appearances from former Boston teammates Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkilis.
7. Shaquille O’Neal
You know him as a former NBA superstar, media personality, and movie star. But did you know that Shaq released a rap album in 1993? Shaq Diesel was Shaq’s debut album (yes there were more) and it reached #25 on the Billboard 200 list.
8. John Daly
A PGA great, John Daly has also released two studio albums titled, I Only Know One Way and My Life. Daly writes his own music, but also preforms cover songs such as “Knocking’ On Heaven’s Door” which is featured below.
9. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao is far from a one-trick pony. Pacquiao is a world champion boxer, actor, congressman of the Phillappino province Sarangani, and also a singer. I’m not quite sure how he’s accomplished all of these things in his 37-year lifetime, but I’m excited to see what is next.
The people on this list have been lucky enough to be gifted with athletic ability and musical talent. Perhaps the next time we see them will be on TV winning a championship or while browsing through a record store.