Retired Braves 3B Chipper Jones is an avid hunter who has parlayed his love for hunting into participation in two hunting shows. His first, on the Outdoor Channel, is called “Buck Commander” and follows Jones and former teammates Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans and country music artists Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on their pursuit of deer. His second show, called “Major League Bowhunter,” is shown weekly on The Sportsman Channel.
Sports and reality TV have been in bed together for a while now and the perfect marriage of the two is personified by NBA player Lamar Odom and his wife, Khloe, a member of the ubiquitous Kardashian clan. The couple starred in an E! series about their life and lately their drama has played out in the tabloids. with reports of drug use by Odom and marital problems. Take a look at other athletes who have been cast on "unscripted" shows, from dancing competitions to dating shows.
Ryan Lochte, "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"
Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte stated post-London Games that he was interested in participating on either "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Bachelor," but instead Lochte signed on with E! to be featured in his own series, which debuted in April 2013. "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" follows the 28-year-old swimmer as he prepares for the 2016 Rio Olympics while developing his fashion line, making media appearances, dealing with his family and friends. Kim Kardashian is a role model for Lochte, who said: “Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is. That’s what I want to do.” Sadly for Ryan, his girlfriend Jamiee Hollier, whom he dated for four years, dumped him on a recent episode.
Eric Decker, "Love and Other Contact Sports"
The wide receiver and his fiancee, singer Jessie James, will star in a reality series set to premiere in summer 2013 on E!, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, the show will follow Decker and James' "road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more."
JaVale McGee, "Millionaire Mama’s Boy”
Denver Nuggets JaVale McGee and his mother, former WNBA player Pamela McGee, reportedly will be featured on Oprah’s OWN network in “Millionaire Mama’s Boy,” a reality show about their relationship.
Tim Wakefield, "The Next Knuckler"
Retired knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield coached five former NCAA Division I quarterbacks — Doug Flutie (Boston College, pictured), John David Booty (USC), Josh Booty (LSU), David Greene (Georgia) and Ryan Perrilloux (LSU & Jacksonville State) — on the MLB Network’s reality series "The Next Knuckler," which premiered Feb. 13, 2013. MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar hosted as the five former QBs competed and learned to throw a knuckleball. One contestant was eliminated in each episode. The winner, Josh Booty, earned an invitation to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training camp, but was cut from the team.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Splash"
The NBA Hall-of-Famer competed on the mostly unwatchable ABC celebrity diving show "Splash," which debuted in March 2013. He was joined on the show by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (the first diver eliminated), soccer star Brandi Chastain and Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Webb shot to fame when ESPN announcer Brent Musburger raved about her appearance during the BCS title game in January 2013.
Ndamukong Suh, "The Choice," "Splash"
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh participated on FOX's dating show, "The Choice," which attempted to pair celebrities with non-famous prospective dates. The dating show also featured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and former NFL players Warren Sapp and Jeremy Bloom. Suh also appeared on the ABC celebrity diving competition show "Splash," in March 2013. He was joined on that one by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and soccer star Brandi Chastain. Suh was the first diver eliminated.
Terrell Owens, "Stars in Danger," "The T.O. Show"
Owens' most recent foray into unscripted TV was FOX's two-hour special "Stars in Danger: The High Dive." The diving competition pitted the eight participants in a series of Olympic-style dives. Owens also headlined VH1's "The T.O. Show," which debuted in July 2009 and followed Owens and his female publicists as they waded through his complicated personal life.
Bethany Hamilton, "Stars in Danger: The High Dive"
Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton is one of the "celebrities" (mostly castmembers from other reality programs) that participated on FOX's two-hour special "Stars in Danger: The High Dive." The diving competition pitted the eight participants in a series of Olympic-style dives (and some belly flops), both solo and synchronized, from various heights of springboards and platforms.
Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo will participate in Globo television network's televised weight loss program called ''Fantastico'' will chronicle the three-time FIFA player of the year's bid to shed the pounds he packed on since his retirement early last year. The beer-bellied former striker acknowledges ''I have a terrible relationship with the scale.''
Kris Humphries, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"
NBA power forward Kris Humphries shot to stardom as Kim Kardashian's boy toy and appeared frequently on the family's reality show. The couple's wedding was an E! television special in August 2011, for which they were allegedly paid $10 million. The marriage lasted just 72 days; the divorce battle was decidedly longer.
Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross, "Glam and Gold"
Sanya Richards-Ross, a four-time gold medalist in track and field in the 2012 London Olympics, and her husband, Jaguars defensive back Aaron Ross, star in a reality show on the WeTV network, set to debut in summer 2013. The pilot for "Glam and Gold" was shot before Richards-Ross left for the London and reveals her rigorous training routine and personal life. Subsequent episodes were filmed in Austin and Jacksonville and will include footage of the couple's life together and Richards-Ross managing her family's hair salon in Austin. The Rosses' nuptials were featured on WeTV's "Platinum Weddings." They met when they attended the University of Texas together.
Laila Ali, Terry Crews, Picabo Steet, Eve Torres, "Stars Earn Stripes"
Boxing champ Laila Ali, actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street and WWE diva Eve Torres join four other celebrities (actor Dean Cain, boy-bander Nick Lachey, snowmobiling Alaska husband Todd Palin and "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince) to compete on NBC's ill-fated "Stars Earn Stripes." Hosted by General Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris, the competition show attempted to pay homage to the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responders. Eight celebrities gathered at a remote training facility to execute complicated missions inspired by military exercises. The celebrities played for charity.
Rob Gronkowski, untitled project
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his family are in talks with talent agency William Morris Endeavor to develop a TV show around their lives, according to a report, which also says WME is working on a book deal and speaking engagements for the Gronkowskis.
Pete Rose, "Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs."
The six-part TLC show, which begain airing in January 2013, followed the disgraced all-time hits leader Pete Rose and his wife, model Kiana Kim. Rose told Entertainment Weekly before the show premiered: ''It's not going to be classless — like it seems like a lot of reality shows aren't really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining, and real.''
Miami Dophins, "Hard Knocks"
Ten years ago, HBO Sports and NFL Films debuted "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Baltimore Ravens." Since then, the docu-series has gone inside the locker room of five different teams, twice with the Dallas Cowboys. The series gives viewers an inside look at NFL players and coaches. The fall 2012 season focused on the Miami Dolphins.
Tim Tebow, "The Biggest Loser," "Tim Tebow's Wild Rise"
E!, the network at blame for the Kardashian franchise, aired "Tim Tebow's Wild Rise," a 30-minute profile of the QB, on July 2, 2012. Tebow also appeared on a special edition of "The Biggest Loser" in October 2011, alongside a slew of current and retired NFL stars who served as motivators/guest coaches and to pimp Super Bowl XLV.
Antonio Gates, other NFL stars, "The Biggest Loser"
In January 2013, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates appeared on "The Biggest Loser" to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign aimed at encouraging kids to be active. In October 2011, QB Tim Tebow appeared on a special edition of "The Biggest Loser" alongside a slew of current and retired NFL stars who served as motivators/guest coaches and pimped Super Bowl XLV. Those appearing: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Saints QB Drew Brees, Tony Gonzalez, Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman, Broncos QB Tim Tebow (pictured). In a later episode that season, Pittsburgh Steelers players Larry Foote and Ike Taylor helped an eliminated contestant train for a marathon.
Manny Pacquiao, "Manny Many Prizes"
In his native Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, the winner of eight world boxing titles, hosts a primetime show called "Manny Many Prizes," a blend of Bible readings, thigh-slapping song-and-dance routines and trivia contests. Pacquiao invites members of the audience to tell their tales of poverty, loss and perseverance and he rewards them with gifts and sings a few songs. Members of the audience wave and shout "Ninong! Ninong!" the Filipino word for godfather.
Evander Holyfield, "Dancing With the Stars"
Former world heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was the only athlete in Season 1 of "Dancing With the Stars." Unfortunately, he and partner Edyta Sliwinska were knocked out in the second round. Actress Kelly Monaco went on to win.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 2
NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice displayed his balletic grace in "Dancing With the Stars'" second season. The former 49ers great (with partner Anna Trebunskaya) finished second to singer Drew Lachey.
Former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler's long legs served her well. She and partner Tony Dovolani were the third-place finishers in Season 2 of "DWTS." She parlayed her new-found fame into a relationship with ladies' man George Clooney.
ESPN personality Kenny Mayne was awkward to say the least. He and partner Andrea Hale were the first couple eliminated in Season 2 of "DWTS." The folks at ABC kept Mayne on to do occasional recaps of the dancing competition.
Emmitt Smith, "Dancing With the Stars"
Maybe NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith wasn't the greatest TV analyst, but he could get his groove on. In "Dancing With the Stars" Season 3, in 2006, he and partner Cheryl Burke defeated actor Mario Lopez and his partner Karina Smirnoff in the finale, starting a four-season run of champions from the world of sports. He made it to the semifinals of the Season 15 all-star edition of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2012.
Apolo Anton Ohno, "Dancing With the Stars," "The Biggest Loser"
Even before he became America's most decorated Winter Olympian, gold medal short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno won hearts with his flashy feet away from the short track. Dancing with partner Julianne Hough, Ohno captured the trophy on "DWTS" Season 4, on his 25th birthday. They defeated 'N Sync's Joey Fatone. Ohno also appeared on an episode of "The Biggest Loser" in November 2011 as a guest mentor. He made it to the semifinals of the Season 15 all-star edition of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2012.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 4
World champion boxer Laila Ali wasn't the greatest, but she was pretty good. She and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished third. Her legendary father Muhammad Ali was there to see it. In 2012 she competed in the military inspired NBC competition show "Stars Earn Stripes."
Hall of Fame NBA guard Clyde "The Glide" Drexler's height worked against him in the dancing competition. He and partner Elena Grinenko finished 8th.
Helio Castroneves, "Dancing With the Stars"
"Dancing with the Stars" champions aren't isolated to the gridiron. Some come from the starting grid. Castroneves won "Dancing With the Stars" in Season 5 — defeating Spice Girl Mel B. "It will look so good between my two Indy 500 trophies," he said of the tacky mirror-ball trophy. It was the second straight win for his professional partner Julianne Hough and the third of four straight championships for sports figures. Castroneves participated in the all-star, Season 15, edition of the show. He and partner Chelsie Hightower were eliminated in week 3.
Mark Cuban, "Dancing With the Stars," "Shark Tank"
Outspoken billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wasn't bad, considering that he had previously undergone hip replacement surgery. He and partner Kym Johnson finished 8th in Season 5 of "DWTS" and he lost 34 pounds during his eight weeks on the show. He couldn't hold a candle to that season's eventual champ Helio Castroneves, but he did do better than boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. He also appears weekly on "Shark Tank," investing in entrepreneurs' businesses.
Kristi Yamaguchi, "Dancing With the Stars"
Olympic gold-medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi had come in first plenty of times for the way she danced across the ice, but minus skates, she won "DWTS" Season 6 with partner Mark Ballas, beating out another athlete, Jason Taylor, who finished second.
"Dacing With the Stars" Season 6
Despite the best efforts of her professional partner, Jonathan Roberts, Grand Slam tennis champion Monica Seles was the second contestant eliminated in Season 6 of "DWTS."
Jason Taylor and partner Edyta Sliwinska were runners-up in Season 6 of "DWTS," but the NFL defensive end lost with Dolphins management by going on the show instead of training with the team. He was traded to the Redskins in '08.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 7
NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp, proved surprisingly graceful. He and partner Kym Johnson were runners-up in Season 7 of "DWTS." Sap also appeared on the FOX dating show "The Choice" in summer 2012.
Olympic gold-medal beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor ruptured her achilles tendon while practicing with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy before Season 7 of "DWTS" even began and she was spiked from the competition.
Olympic gold-medal sprinter Maurice Greene and partner Cheryl Burke finished fifth in the race for the "DWTS" Season 7 mirror ball trophy.
Shawn Johnson, "Dancing With the Stars"
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson won "DTWS" Season 8, defeating Gilles Marini and Melissa Rycroft in the May finale, bringing glory back to the sports world after Season 7's trophy went to actress Brooke Burke. Johnson was partnered with Mark Ballas. She finished second in the all-star, Season 15 edition of the show.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 8
Rodeo champion Ty Murray and his wife Jewel were slated for "Dancing With the Stars'" but she sustained an injury and had to withdraw. Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower went on to a 4th place finish. The couple also competed on ABC's "Fast Cars and Superstars."
NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor and partner Edyta Sliwinska finished 7th. However, he'll probably be remembered more for his legal troubles. Taylor was the subject of a Showtime feature-length documentary called "LT: The Life and Times," which aired in early 2013.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 9
Season 9 of "DWTS" included four cast members from the sports world:
MMA fighter Chuck Liddell lasted until Week 4 and was partnered with Anna Trebunskaya.
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin paddled home in 10th place, partnered with Alec Mazo.
World champion and Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito was partnered with Chelsie Hightower and finished 8th. Vito has also been featured on ABC Family's "Switched" and made numerous appearances on "The Daily Habit" on Fuel TV.
Retired NFL wide receiver Michael Irvin and partner Anna Demidova finished seventh.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 10
Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya were runners-up in Season 10 of "DWTS."
NFL receiver Chad Johnson, then known as Chad Ochocinco and his partner Cheryl Burke finished — what else? — ocho — on Season 10 of "DWTS."
Sideline reporter Erin Andrews made it to the top three in Season 10 of "DWTS." And her rumored romance with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy heated things up.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 11
Retired NFL QB Kurt Warner partnered with Anna Trebunskaya and finished fifth in Season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars." Warner will later hosted nine-episode USA Network reality show that gave contestants the chance to pursue dream careers.
Three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, who's been acting since retiring from the NBA, finished sixth with his partner Cheryl Burke, on Season 11 of "DWTS."
Hines Ward, "Dancing With the Stars," "Celebrity Cook-off"
Ward spent the NFL lockout appearing on Season 12 of "DWTS." Despite an injury to his partner Kym Johnson (who was previously paired with Warren Sapp and Mark Cuban) the Steelers star beat Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to take home the coveted mirror ball trophy, joining the other athletes who've emerged victorious on the dance floor and ending a three-year drought for dancing athletes. Ward then hung up his dancing shoes and picked up a spatula for the Food Network's "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off."
"Dancing With the Stars," Season 12
Romeo Miller, a rap artist formerly known as Lil' Romeo and a former scholarship basketball player at USC, Romeo was supposed to appear on Season 2, but a basketball injury forced his dad, rapper Master P, to step in for him — leading to one of the worst performances in the show's history. Romeo redeemed the family name — he and partner Chelsie Hightower finished fifth.
Former pro wrestler Chris Jericho was partnered with Cheryl Burke. After a few weeks of ups and downs, Jericho was the fourth contestant eliminated.
Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard still had some at age 54. He was paired with Anna Trebunskaya. But he couldn't finish better than previous boxing contestants Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Laila Ali. He was the third dancer eliminated in Season 12. Leonard also hosted the boxing reality show "The Contender."
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 13
US soccer team goalie Hope Solo captured the hearts of many Americans with her play in the 2011 Women's World Cup, but proved to be prickly and unlikeable on the dance floor. Solo finished fourth with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, whom she claims in her memoir, often "manhandled" her and once slapped her across the face during "DWTS" rehearsals.
Lakers star Metta World Peace (nee Ron Artest) spent the NBA lockout on the dance floor. He was the first contestant to be booted from the ballroom, along with partner Peta Murgatroyd, who was new to the cast.
Martina Navratilova, "Dancing With the Stars"
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova danced with Tony Dovolani on Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars." At 55, she was one of the oldest celebs on the dance floor. Navratilova was the first star voted off, so she was unable to best another tennis legend, Monica Seles, who appeared on Season 6.
Donald Driver, "Dancing With the Stars"
Donald Driver captured the mirror ball trophy in Season 14. He is the all-time leading receiver of the Green Bay Packers. On "Dancing," he was partnered with Peta Murgatroyd. They continued the strong showing by NFL stars in the ballroom.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 16
Fresh off his Super Bowl XLVII win, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was paired with Karina Smirnoff. He finished third.
Aly Raisman, captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team in 2012 in London is paired with Mark Ballas. She finished fourth.
Professional boxer Victor Ortiz is paired with new pro Lindsay Arnold.
Legendary figure skater Dorothy Hamill was paired with Tristan MacManus. She left the competition after one week on her doctor's advice. She was suffering from a cyst on her spine.
Chad Johnson, reality TV veteran
In spring 2010, NFL receiver Chad Johnson, then known as Chad Ochocinco, and his partner Cheryl Burke finished — what else? — ocho — on Season 10 of "Dancing With the Stars." Johnson also put 70 women through the paces on summer 2010 dating show "The Ultimate Catch." In March 2012, Johnson and Evelyn Lozada headlineed a VH1 reality series to chronicle their journey to the altar. The latter show was quickly canceled after Johnson was charged with domestic violence and booted off the Miami Dolphins (chronicled on HBO's "Hard Knocks"). Lozada filed for divorce after just 41 days of marriage. Lozada was previously on the reality show "Basketball Wives" when she was engaged to NBA player Antoine Walker. Got all that straight?
Giants, Marlins — "The Franchise"
The 2010 World Series champions were the subject of a "Hard Knocks"-type reality show on Showtime called “The Franchise.” Working with Major League Baseball Productions, Showtime cameras followed the Giants from spring training through the 2011 season. Season 2 of the series focused on the new-look 2012 Marlins. The Fish made plenty of splashy offseason moves and were playing in a new stadium this season under controversial manager Ozzie Guillen. Their disappointing season cut short the show's run and at the end of the season, Guillen was fired and most of hte team's stars were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Michael Andretti, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Michael Andretti hoped his winning ways would translate to the boardroom when he took on the competition in the winter 2012 edition of the Trump reality show. The team owner and former driver, who has the third most wins in IndyCar history, was the first race car driver to compete on the show. His son Marco was set to compete, but his good friend Dan Wheldon was killed in a tragic crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the day before filming was to begin. Marco, already dealing with the death of his maternal grandfather days earlier, decided to pull out and his dad stepped in. Andretti was fired in week 4 for failing to step up in a task involving, ironically, cars.
Lou Ferrigno, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Ferrigno, a cast member of the winter 2012 edition of Trump's competition show, won multiple bodybuilding titles — including Mr. America and Mr. Universe — in the 1970s. But most fans may know him better from his starring role in the 1978-82 TV series "The Incredible Hulk." As the result of a childhood illness, Ferrigno suffered partial hearing loss, which he credits as giving him a drive to succeed. He proved to be a one-trick pony on "Celebrity Apprentice," eventually alienating most of his teammates with his desire to flex his muscles, and do little else. He was the 11th celebrity fired out of 18.
Jose Canseco, "The Surreal Life," "Celebrity Apprentice"
Former MLB outfielder/DH Jose Canseco appeared in the fourth installment of "Celebrity Apprentice" in spring 2011. Although he did take a nap during one task, while his teammates worked, he never heard the words "you're fired" from The Donald. He left the show early when his ill father took a turn for the worse. Previously, he was a contestant on 2005's Season 5 of VH1's "The Surreal Life." The series follows a group of has-been and never-were celebrities living together in a mansion. His ex-wife ex-wife Jessica was on VH1's "Hollywood Exes."
Darryl Strawberry, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Former New York Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry was the third contestant fired by Donald Trump in the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice." He still managed to raise $25k for the Darryl Strawberry Foundation.
Michael Johnson, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson crossed the tape in 10th place on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice." He raised no money for his charity, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Johnson was not fired by Donald Trump. He quit the show due to a personal issue.
Goldberg, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Former WWE wrestler Goldberg finished eighth in the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice." He was unable to pin down any money for his charity, Specchio Family Foundation in support of "Sons of the Fallen."
Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders landed in seventh place on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice." She raised $45,000 for Right to Play. In January 2012, she was one of eight celebrities on the Food Network reality series "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off."
Maria Kanellis, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Former WWE Diva, Maria Kanellis finished fifth out of 14 competitors on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice," which aired in spring 2010. The season was ultimately won by rocker Bret Michaels. Kanellis raised $20k for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Scott Hamilton, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Figure skater Scott Hamilton was the second contestant fired by Donald Trump on the second edition of "Celebrity Apprentice." He raised no money for the Cleveland Clinic. Hamilton finished second on game show "Wanna Bet?" in 2008. In March 2010, "Scott Hamilton: Return to the Ice" aired on the Bio Channel. The two-hour special chronicled Scott's return to skating after battling testicular cancer. Since his Olympic glory, Hamilton has been a fixture as a skating commentator.
Dennis Rodman, "Celebrity Apprentice," "Celebrity Mole"
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman was invited to participate in "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," airing in winter 2013 and stuck around longer than most expected. He finished 12th out of 16 contestants on the second season of "Celebrity Apprentice." He raised no money for Court Appointed Special Advocates. He did, however earn the ire of his teammates and Mr. Trump when he failed to show up for a task. Rodman also was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of "Celebrity Mole" and won the first ever Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.
Natalie Gulbis, "Celebrity Apprentice"
LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis finished eighth on the second installment of "Celebrity Apprentice," just behind Herschel Walker. She earned $20,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Herschel Walker, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker finished seventh in the second season of "Celebrity Apprentice," but did not raise any money for Project Turnaround.
Annie Duke, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Professonal poker player Annie Duke finished second in the second installment of "Celebrity Apprentice," which aired in spring 2009. Duke waged a bitter battle throughout the season with eventual winner Joan Rivers and raised $730,725 for Refugees International.
Nadia Comeneci, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Legendary Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the second contestant fired by Donald Trump on the first edition of "Celebrity Apprentice." She raised no funds for her charity, Special Olympics.
Jennie Finch, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Olympic softball player Jennie Finch finished 11th in the first edition of "Celebrity Apprentice." She was unable to raise any money for her charity, International Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Tito Ortiz, "Celebrity Apprentice"
Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz finished 7th on the first "Celebrity Apprentice," earning $70,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ortiz used to date porn star Jenna Jameson.
Lennox Lewis, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis finished fourth among 14 celebs on the first edition of "Celebrity Apprentice," which aired in winter 2008. The eventual winner was British personality Piers Morgan. Lewis raised $40k for The Muhammad Ali Center.
Angela Ruggiero, "The Apprentice: Los Angeles"
Hockey player Angela Ruggiero competed in four Winter Olympics, winning gold in 1998, bronze in 2006 and silver in 2002 and 2010. In 2007, she competed on NBC's "The Apprentice," competing for a job working for Donald Trump. She graduated Cum Laude from Harvard with a B.A. in Government. She was selected from a field of 12 Olympians to be a candidate and was the only athlete on that season. She was eliminated on the 10th episode. At the conclusion of her stint she was offered a job by Trump.
Glenn Pakulak, "Most Eligible Dallas"
Oakland Raiders punter Glenn Pakulak is one of the subjects in the Bravo reality series "Most Eligible Dallas."
His bio from the Bravo webiste kind of says it all:
"After enduring a four-year relationship that couldn't survive the long distance, Glenn has realized that he's nowhere near ready to settle down," the bio reads. "His effortless charm wins the ladies over; however his 'two-date maximum' prevents anyone from getting too close."
Jason Terry, “Homecourt Advantage”
Dallas Mavericks' shooting guard Jason Terry is rumored to be working on a reality TV show. The website for AMS Pictures recently published a story announcing the idea of a Terry-based reality show called “Homecourt Advantage.” From the site, about the in-development show: “Set in the glitzy world of NBA basketball star Jason Terry, this is a comical, never before-seen look at his off-court life with high school sweetheart wife, four young daughters, crazy mom and pimp dad.”
Dwight Gooden, "Celebrity Rehab"
Former New York Met pitcher Dwight Gooden, who's been plagued with addiction issues for years, let Dr. Drew Pinsky have a crack at treating him on Season 5 of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab." Gooden tested positive for cocaine during spring training 1987, had another positive test for cocaine in 1994 and in March 2010 was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and being under the influence of drugs. His 5-year-old son was in the car at the time. Lindsay Lohan's father Michael was Doc's rehab castmate.
Rulon Gardner, "The Biggest Loser"
Olympian Rulon Gardner, who won a gold and a bronze in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney appeared on the 11th season of the hit NBC reality weight loss show "The Biggest Loser." The 6'2" Gardner, 39, competed in the Olympics at 256 pounds. At his first TBL weigh-in his weight was 474. Gardner lost 173 pounds while on the BL campus, but quit the show abruptly and did not appear on the season finale.
Anna Kournikova, "The Biggest Loser"
The blonde bombshell who parlayed a mediocre tennis career into endorsement deals and tabloid stardom replaced tough trainer Jillian Michaels on the weight loss show, but lasted only one season. The show's producers gave her the boot amid reports that she was a "nightmare" on set and failed to connect with the contestants.
Antone Davis, "The Biggest Loser"
Restaurant manager and former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons from 1991-1997 Antone Davis was a contestant on the fall 2011 edition of NBC's weight-loss reality show. The 44-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., had a starting weight of 447 pounds. He lost 202 pounds and finished second.
Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr., "24/7"; "The Next Great Champ"
HBO's "24/7" chronicled boxing foes Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as they prepared for their 2007 junior middleweight championship bout. After retirement, De La Hoya formed a production company called Golden Boy Productions, which produced FOX Sports' "The Next Great Champ," hosted by De La Hoya. The show followed a group of amateur boxers as they competed in an elimination-style competition, but was knocked out by Mark Burnett's similar show called "The Contender," which aired on NBC. Mayweather also competed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," finishing 9th with partner Karina Smirnoff in Season 5.
Bates and Anthony Battaglia, "The Amazing Race"
Hockey brothers Bates (left) and Anthony Battaglia won season 22 of CBS' Emmy-winning competitive race-around-the-world series "The Amazing Race." Bates is a left winger who has played in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anthony played for Western Michigan University and in the Central Hockey League.
Marcus Pollard, "The Amazing Race"
The former Colts tight end with a flair for making spectacular catches competed with his wife, Amani, on the fall 2011 season of CBS' Emmy-winning show ''The Amazing Race," finishing third. Pollard frequently referenced his playing career during the competition and compared the show's finale with making the Super Bowl.
Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin, "The Amazing Race"
Professional and Olympic snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin, both from California, teamed up for the fall 2011 season of CBS' Emmy-winning competition show ''The Amazing Race.'' On episode two, they surged to the front of the pack thanks to their surprising attention to detail.
Big Easy and Flight Time, "The Amazing Race"
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters competed on Season 15 of "The Amazing Race." Their strength helped them excel in some of the more strenuous challenges, but Big Easy's height also proved a detriment. They returned for the "all-star" season — "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" — which brought back fan favorites who did not win the first time around.
Cord McCoy, "The Amazing Race"
Professional bull and saddle bronc rider Cord McCoy, right, and his brother Jet finished second on Season 16 of "The Amazing Race" and returned for the sereies' all-star edition, "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business."
Jeff Kent, "Survivor: Philippines"
Former slugging 2B Jeff Kent, who played for the Blue Jays, Mets, Indians Giants, Astros and Dodgers, and famously feuded with Barry Bonds and other teammates, appeared on "Survivor: Philippines," the 25th edition of the granddaddy of reality shows. He was voted off on the eighth episode.
Jimmy Johnson, "Survivor: Nicaragua"
Former NFL coach and current FOX Sports football analyst Jimmy Johnson competed on "Survivor: Nicaragua," the 21st edition of CBS' reality franchise. He was finally chosen after three attempts to be cast on the series. Johnson was the oldest contestant of the season and was part of the Espada tribe, made up entirely of people aged 40 and older. He was the third person voted out of the game and placed 18th overall.
Grant Mattos, "Survivor"
CBS' reality franchise had so much fun with Jimmy Johnson that they've gone to the NFL well again. Grant Mattos, 29, who was a wide receiver/special teams player for the Tennessee Titans and also spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, was part of the cast of "Survivor: Redemption Island."
Steve Wright, "Survivor"
Steve Wright, who was drafted by the Cowboys in 1981, is one of two NFL alums in the cast of 18 for "Survivor: Redemption Island." Wright, 51, played two seasons as an offensive lineman for Dallas. He played college football at Northern Iowa and also spent parts of his 10-year NFL career with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Raiders.
Chase Rice, "Survivor: Nicaragua"
Chase Rice, a member of the pit crew for Hendrick Motorsports from Fairview, N.C., competed alongside Jimmy Johnson on "Survivor," finishing second. Rice, who attended UNC, also listed former college football player in his bio.
Gary Hogeboom, "Survivor: Guatemala"
Former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom played for the Cowboys, Colts, Cardinals and Redskins. In 2005, he concocted an elaborate ruse to keep his identity hidden from his fellow contestants on "Survivor: Guatemala," the 11th edition of the show. Hogeboom claimed his name was Gary Hawkins and was a landscaper, fearing he would be eliminated sooner if the other competitors assumed he was already wealthy. However, eventual winner Danni Boatwright, who worked in sports radio, recognized him immediately. He lasted to Day 30 before being voted out.
Mark Phillipoussis, "Age of Love"
In 2007 Australian pro tennis player Mark Phillipoussis, then 30, was the grand prize in NBC reality dating show "Age of Love." A group of women ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s competed for his heart. The contestants were divided in two age groups: "Kittens" were the women in their 20's, while "Cougars" were the women older than Phillipoussis. In the finale, 25-year-old Amanda Salinas was chosen as the winner. In 2006, his engagement to actress Alexis Barbara was broken. Phillipoussis was later engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito, but they also called it off.
Freddie Mitchell, "Millionaire Matchmaker"
Mitchell, retired wide receiver of the Philadelphia Eagles, was more flash than substance ... and he liked to give himself nicknames (FredEx). He seems to have invested well, since he looked for love on Bravo’s dating show "Millionaire Matchmaker," where relationship "expert" Patti Stanger tried to find him a suitable mate (meaning, not a gold digger).
Jesse Palmer, "The Bachelor"
In 2004, former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer turned to television to look for love. He starred on Season 5 of ABC's "The Bachelor," in which he had the odious task of simultaneously dating a couple dozen starstruck women. He eventually selected Jessica Bowlin, but did not propose in the finale, as other bachelors have. Their courtship lasted for only a few months after the end of the show. To date, "The Biggest Loser" has resulted in more marriages than "The Bachelor" franchise.
Sean Lowe, "The Bachelorette," "The Bachelor"
Sean Lowe, a former Kansas State Wildcats linebacker/tight end from 2003-05, confessed his love for Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette," but was eliminated just before the finale. He got another shot at love with "The Bachelor."
Johnny Weir, "Skating With the Stars," "Celebrity Cook-off"
Figure skater Johnny Weir was a judge — along with skating legend Dick Button — on ABC's "Skating With the Stars," a low-rent knockoff of the network's wildly popular "Dancing With the Stars." Six little-known celebrities were partnered with even lesser-known professional figure skaters for a pairs skating competition. Weir's best moment on the show was when he snapped at reality show fixture Bethenny Frankel for her perceived lack of effort and bad attitude. Weir was also the subject of Sundance Channel's eight-part documentary series "Be Good Johnny Weir," and competed on the Food Network's "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off."
Tanith Belbin, "Skating With the Stars"
Retired Olympic ice dancer Tanith Belbin was an analyst/co-host of ABC's "Skating With the Stars," where she was given the difficult task of finding something nice to say about the celebrity skaters' performances.
Jonny Moseley, "Skating With the Stars"
Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley was one of six contestants on ABC's cheesy "Skating With the Stars." During practice one week, he skated over his partner's fingers, sending her to the hospital for stitches. He was the fourth skater eliminated and was outlasted by reality show addict Bethenny Frankel, whose skating skills were far inferior to Moseley's. The result sent shockwaves throughout the world ... or at least throughout the paltry audience the show garnered. The competition was won by soap opera star Rebecca Budig.
John Elway, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Retired NFL quarterback John Elway raced against surfer Laird Hamilton, tennis great Serena Williams and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in episode one of ABC's 2007 series "Fast Cars and Superstars," and moved on to the next round where he took on Ty Murray, Tony Hawk and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne. Three celebrities raced stock cars in each round against a NASCAR driver, with the top two amateurs from each round advancing. Elway won the competition.
Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Post-volleyball, Gabrielle Reece has had several gigs as a TV host and guest star in several scripted series. She also appeared as a guest on ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and The CW's "America's Next Top Model." In 2007, Reece and her husband, former pro surfer Laird Hamilton, appeared in the ABC reality show "Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race," in which celebrities competed in a stock car racing competition.
Serena Williams, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams raced against surfer Laird Hamilton, NFL QB John Elway and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and was eliminated in episode one of ABC's "Fast Cars and Superstars," which aired in 2007. Three celebrities raced stock cars in each round against a NASCAR driver, with the top two amateurs from each round advancing.
Tony Hawk, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Skateboarder Tony Hawk raced against rodeo star Ty Murray, actress Krista Allen and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson in episode two of ABC's 2007 series "Fast Cars and Superstars," and moved on to the next round where he raced John Elway, Ty Murray and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne. Three celebrities raced stock cars in each round against a NASCAR driver, with the top two amateurs from each round advancing.
John Salley, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Retired NBA player John Salley raced against wrestler John Cena, singer Jewel and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in episode three of ABC's 2007 series "Fast Cars and Superstars," and was eliminated. Three celebrities raced stock cars in each round against a NASCAR driver, with the top two amateurs from each round advancing.
John Cena, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
Professional wrestler John Cena raced against singer Jewel, retired NBA player John Salley and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in episode three of ABC's 2007 series "Fast Cars and Superstars," and moved on to the next round, taking on Bill Cowher, Jewel and NASCAR driver Jamie MacMurray. Three celebrities raced stock cars in each round against a NASCAR driver, with the top two amateurs from each round advancing.
Bill Cowher, "Fast Cars and Superstars"
The football coach and analyst competed in the 2007 ABC reality show "Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race," in which celebrities competed in a stock car racing competition. Cowher matched up against Gabrielle Reece and William Shatner.
Deion Sanders, "Prime Time Love"
Colorful former NFL player Deion Sanders starred in "Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love." The show debuted in April 2008 on women's network Oxygen and centered on Sanders and his wife and five children. "Prime Time" is Sanders' alter ego. The family also appeared on an episode of "Celebrity Family Feud." The couple has since split up.
Shaquille O'Neal, "Shaq's Big Challenge" and "Shaq Vs."
Shaquille O'Neal has headlined three reality shows bearing his name. ESPN had a reality series in 2005 called "Shaquille"; he hosted ABC's "Shaq's Big Challenge"; appeared on "NBA Ballers" and "NBA Ballers: Phenom"; took part in the 2002 Discovery Channel special "Motorcycle Mania 2" with Jesse James; was in the first "Idol Gives Back" special in 2007; competed in an episode of NBC's "Fear Factor"; was on an episode of MTV's "Jackass"; made multiple appearances at WWE events; and was pranked on the MTV show "Punk'd." O'Neal starred in ABC's "Shaq Vs.," which premiered in August 2009. The show featured O'Neal competing against other athletes at their own sports. He's also a reserve officer for the Miami PD.
John Rocker, "Pros vs. Joes"
John Rocker got into plenty of hot water as an MLB pitcher. In 2000, he was accused of being racist, sexist and homophobic after comments he made in a Sports Illustrated article about New York's fans. He was loudly booed the next time his Atlanta Braves visited Shea Stadium to play the New York Mets. Rocker continued to make controversial remarks throughout his career. In 2006, Rocker appeared on Spike's "Pros vs. Joes," which pitted retired professional athletes against amateurs in sporting challenges.