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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.
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?
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
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 FiveChris 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?
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.
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
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.