In sports there is a time for hyper-focus in the face of incredible pressure… and there is a time for taking a golf cart and turning it into a hovercraft. We’re looking at you Bubba Watson. There is a rare crop of athletes who possess both the eye of the Tiger and an irreverent demeanor that brings a breath of excitement to their sport. It is a wonderful combination and they are the people who bring joy to millions of sports fans across America. In honor of FOX Sports 1 (FS1) launching August 17th and bringing the fun back into sports we present 25 athletes who have fun while performing at a high level.
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24 Athletes Who Make Sports Fun
Two time champ and the NBA's resident photobomb bandit.
The bearded one played an important role in their World Series run last year and has a bizarre flare for comedy that has made him a fan favorite.
Strahan was a beast on the field and connected so well with fans that he took over Regis Philbin's (FS1 host) former seat on a popular morning show.
His colorful attitude on and off the field helped him connect with fans for nearly 40 years.
In "like-ability" polls in the NFL Peyton Manning is always on top. "Cut that meat!" They're not saying 'boo' they're saying 'mooovers'!" His commercial catch phrases are the best.
The man is so fun that he invented an alternative personality "Cliff Paul."
Known as the worm on the court, Rodman always brought his eccentric flair along with massive ups and rebounding skills.
Clinton Portis' post game press conferences are legendary. Watch them on YouTube.
Now the Warriors assistant coach, The White Mamba has gained an unusual amount of fame for being an average player with love for the game and sense of humor. His official website is dubbed "Brian Scalabrine- The Greatest of All Time'. Just Awesome.
Barkley has an outspoken, truthful irreverence that has made him a fan favorite for almost three decades.
Ronaldo and Yasiel Puig
Ronaldo and Puig recently had a great time at the Dodgers game, showing off the baseball-foot juggling skills in front of a sold out crowd.
Neon Deion was one of the most electrifying players in NFL history both on and off the field.
Speaking of dance moves....
Anyone who is 6'2',' 300 pounds and goes on national TV to show of their sick dance moves is fine by us.
Bet you didn't know that Swisher's children's music album titled "Believe," released in 201, peaked at #3 on the chart of iTunes Children's Albums? Fun for all ages.
The internet loves Shaq and Shaq loves the internet. Not only did he have God given talent but he has an uncanny ability to connect with fans through Twitter stunts like the Harvard meet-up.
On June 28, 1997, Wells took the mound wearing an authentic 1934 game worn Babe Ruth hat. He lives by his own rules and won Yankee fans over this attitude.
Bolt is the fastest man of all-time. Ever. So when you're that good all you can really do to improve is have fun with your talent.
Blake is a good guy, donating $100 for every one of his dunks, and is seen as the marketing darling of the NBA. Guess it pays to be a good guy.
When Curry isn't dropping buckets all over the court he is showing up to fans houses unannounced to take them up on trick shot competitions. Look it up on YouTube.
Not only does Dyrdek hold twenty-one separate Guinness World Records for skateboarding but he is a business mogul and has a 25,000-square-foot man cave in Los Angeles called the Fantasy Factory.
Bubba's Hover. Need we say more?
During his time in the NBA Payton was one of the most charitable players in the league. Realizing he can use his influence for better Payton has raised tons of money to help out kids and was named to The Sporting News' "Good Guys In Sports" list. You can now catch him as an analysts for FS1's flagship show "Fox Sports Live."
Ortiz is one of the happiest baseball players in the league and recently picked up a baby out of the crowd and held him during the National Anthem. If he isn't the definition of an athlete having fun we don't know who is.
Though Alex is one of the most fearful players on the ice, he is widely known for his sense of humor. His ASG skills competition antics are now expected.