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Just because ball-playing days are over, doesn't mean the music stops. Many pro athletes have taken a swing at a music career, sometimes while they're still collecting big-league paychecks. Whether it's singing (we use that term loosely in some cases), songwriting or playing guitar take a look and see which athletes have gotten in touch with their melodic sides.
1985 Chicago Bears
The 1985 Chicago Bears showed the world they had talent both on and off the field. Their music: Besides winning the 1986 Super Bowl (the losing team?), the team also recorded "The Super Bowl Shuffle," a music video (watch it) that made it to No. 41 on the Hot Billboard charts, went gold as a record and platinum as a video and received a Grammy nomination, making the Bears the first sports team to be nominated for a Grammy. Proceeds from the video were donated to charity. Bing: Check out some Bears who had solo raps: "Sweetness" Walter Payton "Speedy" Willy Gault "Samurai" Mike Singletary Jim McMahon
Basketball isn't the only thing that gets Carlos Arroyo's blood pumping. His music: The Puerto Rican point guard (what was his last team?) launched his own musical career in 2009, recording two singles. Though Arroyo has been more prolific on the court (see his stats), he may have a career in music one day. Bing: Find Arroyo's song
Bronson Arroyo is not just a former Red Sox pitcher, he is also a singer. His music: His debut album included covers of many artists as well as the Red Sox victory song "Dirty Water" (watch the video) by the Standells, in which Arroyo is accompanied by his teammates, including Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo and Kevin Youkilis. His love for music is so deep he even taught a teammate (whom?) to play guitar so they could perform a cover of "Tessie" by Dropkick Murphys. Bing: Listen to music by Dropkick Murphys and the Standells
Coco Crisp has never lived up to the hype that surrounded his breakfast-of-champions name (what's his given name?). His music: Maybe that's why he tried his talents at rapping. The center fielder sounds pretty good, so if baseball doesn't work out, Coco can always rock the mic (see photos of his wild hair). Bing: Find Coco Crisp's music
Oscar De La Hoya
World champion Oscar De La Hoya wanted to think outside the box, so he gave music a shot. His music: De La Hoya released his self-titled album in 2000 (find his music). The album featured songs written in both English and Spanish. Guess it didn't work out as well as he hoped, since the boxer has yet to release a second album (find his boxing stats). Bing: Watch one of his music videos
The third-base coach of the world-champion San Francisco Giants has traveled with his guitar since his days as a San Diego Padres utility infielder. His music: Flannery has performed onstage with the likes of Jackson Browne and Jimmy Buffett (he is pictured with the Grateful Dead). He books shows in the offseason and has made nine albums. His folk-inspired music has a large following in Ireland. Bing: Listen to Flannery's songs
In 2005, Aubrey Huff was presented the chance to sing on a compilation CD of current and former MLB players. His music: Huff soulfully sang a cover of John Michael Montgomery's "Letters From Home," proving that he's more than just a baseball superstar. If he hadn't played baseball, who knows where this guy might have ended up? Bing: Find Huff's version of the song
Allen Iverson never made it big as a musician - he never even released his first album. His music: Due to controversy over his lyrics and pressure from activists and NBA commissioner David Stern, Iverson eventually chose not to release the album even after changing the lyrics (find his music). Good thing Iverson has basketball to fall back on (see photos of his tattoos). Bing: Is he making an NBA comeback?
Roy Jones Jr.
Roy Jones Jr. has enjoyed a somewhat more prolific music career than other professional athletes. His music: Jones delved into the music world in 2001 with the debut "Round One: The Album." Following the moderate success of his first album, Jones formed the musical group Body Head Bangerz and released a second album, "Body Head Bangerz: Volume One," featuring several popular rap artists. Bing: Watch one of the Body Head Bangerz videos
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe so loved "Guitar Hero" that he eventually picked up the real thing. His music: After discovering his talent at guitar, Kluwe (find his stats) sought out bandmates to form the group Tripping Icarus. The band released its debut EP, "The Sideshow Sessions," followed by a second album, a full-length LP titled "Perfect Citizen" (watch videos of their performances). Bing: Listen to his band's songs
In 1979 disco music was in high demand. So Guy Lafleur decided to capitalize on that market by coming out with his own self-help disco album. His music: The result? Lafleur (watch him on the hockey rink) dictating hockey instructions on how to face off, shoot, skate, score, check and run a power play with disco tracks playing in the background. Staying true to his Canadian heritage, the he album also has made a French version. Bing: Find Lafleur's songs
Puerto-Rican-born MLB outfielder Bernie Williams is also a legit musician. His music: Bernie Williams the musician is classically trained in this instrument, and has composed and released two albums, "The Journey Within" in 2003 and "Moving Forward" in 2009, which earned the former New York Yankee a Latin Grammy nomination. Bing: Listen to the single "Moving Forward," featuring basketballer-turned-jazz man Wayman Tisdale
The former major league pitcher (find his stats) has played guitar in alt-rock bands since his baseball days. His music: He formed the band Stickfigure in 1992. Stickfigure has put out several albums and performs club shows regularly (find out more about the band). Bing: What is he best known for doing at Yankee Stadium?
Former NBA star and member of Michigan's Fab Five Chris Webber has dabbled in the music industry as well. His music: He released his aptly titled rap album "2 Much Drama" in 1999 under the not-quite-an-alias C. Webb. Webber went on to produce tracks for an A-list East Coast rapper. Who?
Former MLB catcher Mike Piazza's affection for heavy metal music is well known. His music: He even provided death growls on the Black Label Society single "Stronger Than Death." Bing: Listen to the song
Never one to leave in the spotlight, Deion Sanders had been a double-sport athlete, excelling in both football and baseball. His music: Sanders released "Prime Time," a rap album on Bust It Records, owned by his buddy, a dance music king at the time). The best-known singles off the album were "Must Be the Money" and "Prime Time Keeps on Tickin'." Sanders also made an appearance in MC Hammer's "Too Legit to Quit" video (find it). But he's not done yet. In August 2011 Sanders was featured in Snoop Dogg's new single "Fame" (listen to it) as part of Sanders' recent induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
The always outspoken Kyle Turley channels his thoughts through music now. His music: The former NFL lineman moved to Nashville, Tenn., and founded a record label (get the details ). He put out his own album, "Anger Management," in 2010. Turley performs "power country," a unique blend of heavy metal, rock and country. Bing: Listen to songs such as "Another Whiskey" from his album.
Now in his 23rd major league season, Chicago White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel also can carry a tune. His music: In 2005, Vizquel sang (and played drums) on a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls song "Broadway" for the album "Oh Say Can You Sing?" (find the video) to rave reviews. So Omar, if you ever do retire, you've got a second career.
Most players in Major League Soccer cannot boast that they opened for Hootie and the Blowfish on the band's 1998 European tour, but most players aren't Alexi Lalas. His music: As a lead member of the rock band Gypsies, Lalas sang and played guitar. The band released two albums before Lalas went solo. Lalas has recorded four solo albums, the most recent a download-only album released in September 2010. Bing: Find Lalas's music
Nick Swisher is an outfielder for the New York Yankees. His music: He released the children's album "Believe" on Aug. 9, 2011, with all proceeds going to his charity, Swish's Wishes, benefiting children with health problems. The entire album consists of Swisher's covers of uplifting gems such as "Lean on Me," "I Won't Back Down," and "Believe." Bing: Listen to many versions of "Lean on Me."
"Macho Man" Randy Savage was a main attraction in the wrestling world. His "Macho Man" character was one of the most dramatic at his prime. His music: In 2003 pro wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage delved into the rap world, releasing the album "Be a Man". Tracks paid tribute to fellow wrestlers while dissing others, especially Hulk Hogan. Oh, yeah! Bing: See spoof videos of "Be a Man" Search: Savage was once the spokesman for Slim Jim. Watch his hilarious commercials.
In June 2011 the Golf Channel debuted the first video from the Golf Boys (Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson and Ben Crane ), "Oh Oh Oh." Their music: The silly upbeat song is catchy, and Farmers Insurance has promised to donate $1,000 to charities for every 100,000 views of the video (watch it). Rock on, Golf Boys. Bing: Which pro golfer was also a big pop star?
When Ozzie Smith's son Nikko became an "American Idol" finalist in 2005 - watch video of his performances - we knew the talent came from somewhere. His music: Later that year, the elder Smith and several other major leaguers recorded songs for the album "Oh Say Can You Sing?". Ozzie's rendition of the Sam Cooke classic "Cupid" is as smooth as his moves on the field. Bing: Listen to Sam Cooke's version of "Cupid"
Mike Reid's musical career is legit, unlike those of most other wannabe-musicians. His music: Following his four-year stint in the 1970s with the Cincinnati Bengals as a Pro-Bowl- caliber offensive lineman, Reid the musician went on to pen several country hits, earning a Grammy Award and a 2005 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bing: Listen to his music
While Wayman Tisdale is known as one of NBA's greatest big men, the former Oklahoma standout had a first love: music. His music: In fact, he retired after 12 seasons in the NBA to focus on his music career. Wayman Tisdale the musician, is a longtime smooth jazz bassist, released eight albums and was set to record a ninth before his death in 2009. Bing: Listen to music from albums, including "Rebound," "Way Up!" and "Face to Face"
Despite being named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1993, Shaquille O'Neal must have been looking for a back-up career. His music: In October 1993, Shaq released "Shaq Diesel," his first of four studio albums. His single "(I Know I Got) Skillz" reached No. 35 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1993. We're glad he stuck with hoops. Bing: Listen to Shaq's songs
Jake Peavy plays guitar and even put together a charity event with fellow musically inclined ballplayers. The concert, called Woodjock 2010, included silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Jake Peavy Foundation, which raises funds for Team Focus, Strikeouts for Troops, Autism Speaks and White Sox Charities.