That would be impossible. Gary Lockett was a very decent boxer who was at one time a world title challenger in the middleweight division. In sports, injuries are inevitable. Most athletes have a small window of time in their professional athletic careers and are expected to live highly extravagant lifestyles. Early in the conversation he revealed that he didn’t like football much. Way too many pro athletes have been in the news for putting their hands on women. All the athletes on this list were either known to not be particularly fond of their sports or expressed as much directly themselves. While most boxers who aren't entirely keen on the sport were covered in entry number 8, special room had to be made for Chris Eubank, who seemed to have an even stronger dislike of the sport than any other. Currently awaiting his first fight in the UFC, CM Punk grew to dislike the wrestling business towards the end of his tenure. 10 Athletes That Hate Their Job. I didn’t realize that feeling was having to leave my family – having to leave my sister who can’t even communicate with me when I’m gone.”. 'Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life,' or so says an old idiom, but we all know that the truth is most people do not love their jobs. Now she is three seasons into a professional career with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky where she has grow into of the league’s most dominant players. DiMaggio wouldn’t be alone, especially today. Having retired at 31 though, Lockett recently returned to boxing as a coach, so perhaps he didn't hate boxing so much after all. What does it mean to be a good fake wrestler? Whether you love soccer or hockey or anything in between, when you see people spending their entire time doing something you love and being paid handsomely for the privilege, many are a tad jealous. She took a liking to Kluwe and sat next to him and his father when they came to Bruins games that season before he came to college. 10 Pro Athletes Who Really Hate Their Jobs. I can remember times being on an airplane and wanting to punch the door open and jump out of the plane. By ADAM ORLA-BUKOWSKI | April 26, ... each of these athletes are famous for their prowess and skills as competitors and for being role models that young athletes look up to. This was a challenge because the movie called for him to actually play baseball. He came from Las Vegas and seemed every bit a product of his hometown where nothing is real. Meaning sometimes a hatred of sports, just like fear, strikes out. Yet now she is considered to be one of the best female strikers in the world. Or the words of his co-author? Eventually, Perkins learned to throw and his portrayal of Piersall, who had a nervous breakdown as a player, was outstanding. I wasn’t built to get from ring to ring.'”. A controversial figure at time, Ireland took to Bebo (yes, Bebo), to say, "football is sh*t", adding, "why did i get stuck doin it." 'Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life,' or so says an old idiom, but we all know that the truth is most people do not love their jobs. In 2007, Ireland claimed his grandmother had died in order to get off international duty, a claim that later turned out to be false. Given the ease with which she plays, using her 6ft 5in height to power over smaller players while also being accurate shooting outside, it’s easy to forget she once quit the game, refusing to pick up a ball for months. No great professional athlete truly hates their sport. “It was a means of making money, he didn’t think of it as anything other than that,” Jerome Charyn, the author of Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil told NPR in 2014. A couple of decades later and Kluwe had spent eight years with the Minnesota Vikings, as well as more brief spells with the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders. “I play tennis for a living though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, always have.”, the fact he painted figurines from games during downtime at Vikings practices, “He could have found a cure for cancer ... and he’s not.”, “It was a means of making money, he didn’t think of it as anything other than that,”, “There were no girls at baseball games (in high school), why should I play baseball?”, “I blamed basketball for taking me away from home,”, “I don’t say I hate football but it’s not my passion,”, “Tony wasn’t an athlete, he couldn’t throw a ball,”. In a recent interview with fellow wrestler Steve Austin, Lesnar said he likes performing, but never embraced all aspects of the business and he views it as a job. She missed her family in Delaware, especially her sister who has cerebral palsy. He cited the early retirement of many and the lack of fights and willingness to fight even among top class boxers as prime evidence to support his belief. Despite his 'hatred' of boxing, Eubank is still heavily involved in boxing, with his son being an up-and-coming star of the sport. Here are a few examples. Agassi wouldn’t be the first athlete to say he had been shoved into a sport by an overzealous parent. Years later, his mother Sandy would sigh when talking about her boy who picked football and say: “He could have found a cure for cancer ... and he’s not.” Football was almost an accident. Here are the top 15 athletes who hated their sports: Wrestling may not be a sport, but you try to look at Brock Lesnar and say he's not an athlete. But when the games started, Kluwe would pull out a book and read, leaving his father and Isabel to talk and watch the game that UCLA’s football recruit showed little interest in seeing. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best; someone else picks who they want in the top spot.”. Five athletes who don't like the sport that they play. 5 Pro Athletes Who Swapped Sports. However, it doesn't take into account all the many athletes who did have their promise wrenched away by the dreaded ACL injury. It wasn’t his fault he wound up being good at it. Here are the good ones. Tennis is loaded with players who were shipped off to camps as children to be force-fed an existence of rackets and bouncing yellow balls. Most of us assume that professional athletes love their lives. With Agassi you never knew. While it isn’t widely discussed in the sports world, many of today’s greatest athletes utilize a mental skills coach or sports psychology gurus in order to master the mental aspects of their respective sport. 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He seemed to find the Premier League to be a vain place and sometimes expressed his boredom with playing in England, despite the fact he was well compensated to do so. He said he played for the money. “I blamed basketball for taking me away from home,” she said in 2009. “I hated the sport. As well as his eight Grand Slams, Agassi also won an Olympic Gold medal in 1996, staggering achievements if he really did hate tennis. They play games for a living. When Vin Baker was a 20-year-old center on the unheralded University of Hartford basketball team, Sports Illustrated called him “America’s Best Kept Secret.”Recently, it was widely reported that the former pro basketball star, who earned $100 million during 13 NBA seasons, is broke and currently in training for a managerial position at a Starbucks franchise in Rhode Island. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 may never be topped. Despite such ability, the game wasn't in Baardsen's blood, and he retired at just 25. However, it has been claimed that a large number of athletes simply view their sports as a job like any other. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star player in every one of his 13 MLB seasons. “I don’t say I hate football but it’s not my passion,” he confessed in 2010. Lesnar took the WWE by storm in 2002, winning the company's world title and quickly became one of their biggest stars. Adding that he often felt uneasy with the seeming hypocrisy of the Premier League. Many baseball players have come slowly to the sport or admit they are not fans of it. Few, if any, MLB players have transcended American culture in quite the way Joe DiMaggio did. A renowned trainer who remained anonymous recently spoke out, saying "I really believe that boxers today and the people associated with boxing hate their own sport." The most openly admitted soccer player to not be a huge fan of the sport is Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Neither might his significance as the graceful Yankees center fielder who made the hardest plays look simple. There could only be one man to head this list, and that is Andre Agassi. by Matt Reevy on October 30, 2014. In a new book, Deviance and Social Control in Sport, researchers Michael Atkinson and Kevin Young focus on the confusing environment that encompasses athletes. Fortunately, athletes who use their platform to make a difference aren’t a rarity. A lot of people find it strange". No great professional athlete truly hates their sport. The Las Vegas-born legend of the sport has always been something of an enigma, and when he spoke so strongly of his dislike for tennis in his 2009 autobiography, some were unsure of the honesty in his words. This was a view Lockett had repeated on multiple occasions, claiming that his real love was property development, and boxing was just a way to fund that venture. But still, accidents and deaths can come in any form at any time, so here is the list of Athletes Who Died On The Field. Though Kluwe had several good seasons punting for the Vikings, where he played for eight years, he became more famous for the things he did away from football – namely his vocal support of gay marriage. The French-born Cameroon international sparked controversy in 2011 with his comments, with some outraged by what he said and other launching to his defense, praising him for his honesty and frankness on the matter, echoing what they believed many players felt but simply didn't have the courage to admit. DiMaggio never appeared bored with baseball. An eight-time Grand Slam champion, and widely regarded as one of the finest tennis players of all time, no athlete has been as successful in their field in spite of having a deep dislike for their sport as Andre Agassi. A ploy to sell books? These guys represent at team, a league/ organization, and sometimes a country. Florida Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon grew up the son of a big league pitcher, Tom Gordon and yet he still didn’t like baseball as a child saying: “There were no girls at baseball games (in high school), why should I play baseball?” Recently Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon called baseball “boring.”. Throughout his playing days Agassi portrayed himself as caring more about celebrity and less about actually playing tennis, then months later he would say he was misunderstood. “Tony wasn’t an athlete, he couldn’t throw a ball,” his co-star Karl Malden later said. Looks became less of his game and he became the world’s best player, at one point finishing his career with eight major titles and an Olympic gold medal. He later commented, "It is a great myth that football is easy, it's quite miserable compared to what I have now.". Now back with his former club Brighton, Zamora seems to be enjoying the sport, but he previously went on record saying "I’m not a massive football fan, really. But Richard Ben Cramer’s 2001 biography of DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life described a young man in San Francisco who was not motivated to play baseball, watching instead as the other boys played in local parks. Athletes are naturally sacrificial people. Despite the sacrifices, athletes like Padgett continue to play the game they love. However Lesnar left the company in 2004, as he had grown to dislike the grueling travel schedule of the business. Yet he never seemed to play with passion. No time was more disturbing than his denim tennis shorts phase. DiMaggio is not alone among MLB players, more recently Dee Gordon and Anthony Rendon expressed that they haven't always been huge baseball fans either. Although, he was a prominent player of the team and well-liked in the industry, he never liked the sport. Lockett lost his world title fight and announced his retirement from the sport with a record of 30 wins and only 2 losses, stating that he had, "never been a lover of boxing". In researching this article it became clear that far more boxers than any other type of athlete appear to have some trepidation regarding their sport. Here is a list of athletes who hate their job and wish they could just do something else. Often described as the most natural snooker player in history and one of the greatest players of all time, this would be the equivalent of finding out Lionel Messi didn't love soccer or Barry Sanders wasn't a huge football fan. A somewhat controversial inclusion, as Ronnie O'Sullivan certainly has a love-hate relationship with the game of snooker. But occasionally an athlete comes along who retires at the peak of his or her abilities. Many college athletes, however, have been rather careless in this regard. In 2009, she said, "I blamed basketball for taking me away from home. I hated the sport. He was one of the most perplexing star athletes of his time. That’s an identity crisis that I think I struggled with. He was an aloof star, praised in history for never showing much emotion … perhaps because he never felt great joy as a baseball player. ... is hardly the first time that a professional athlete has found him or herself attempting to make a switch from the sport that he or she is known for to one that’s new, at least in an official capacity. 1. The fact he looks and acts like a ballplayer in the movie is part of what sets it apart from countless other sports movies whose action looks forced and awkward. For some, the loss of love for the game can spell early retirement, whilst others can be indifferent to their sport for an entire career, yet experience great success. In the build up to his most notable fight, against Nigel Benn, Eubank said, "Boxing is a mugs game, 99.99% of boxers get used and abused and disfigured.". A year later, she went back to basketball and found she could love it again. But whilst Becks loved soccer, Bentley did not. 7. Ireland retired from international duty in the aftermath of the incident, aged just 21, and is currently a bit-part player at Stoke City. That would be impossible. The most LOL-worthy things the Internet has to offer. A pro athlete has likely been coddled since their talent at whatever sport they excel at was spotted as a kid. This came after high school, after three years of recruiting battles that drained her of her passion for playing. Children idolize them for their skills and prowess in their sports. Brian Williams. Part of the confusion are the behaviors which are against the rules, but encouraged nevertheless as appreciated signs of doing whatever it takes to win. The list features athletes from eight different sports. He is consistently ranked among baseball's elite, despite not being able to play the sport between the ages of 28 and 30 due to World War II. No one seemed to know who Agassi was. While some may debate the spot of a pro wrestler on the list, the story is too much to ignore. Most would consider sports stars to be some of the most notable exceptions though. Yes, I play for the money but then doesn't everybody who gets up in the morning and goes to work? Joe DiMaggio knew there’s more to life than baseball. He died in 1999, a man consumed with money and his image, demanding later in life to be called “Baseball’s Greatest Living Player” at all public functions. Their personal ideas, or experiences or other motivational forces for the tats are not welcome on that forum. In modern days, all the events of any major sports have their own set of medical staff and emergency medical assistance to minimize the risk and to ensure the care of any scenario after a fatal accident. Money lessons learned from pro athletes’ financial fouls Published Mon, May 14 2018 7:53 AM EDT Updated Tue, May 15 2018 1:11 PM EDT Chris … So it is hard to know how serious Agassi was in his 2009 autobiography Open when he wrote “I play tennis for a living though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, always have.” Was this an admission? From Andre Agassi to Joe DiMaggio to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, a look back at six athletes who did it not for the love of the game but in spite of it, Last modified on Wed 17 May 2017 10.28 EDT. As a young man, DiMaggio apparently had little motivation to play the sport. Changed his name to Bison Dele, retired from basketball a year later at age 30 to travel around Lebanon the Mediterranean, and the Outback. They were both talented but not particularly pace right wingers, who could deliver great service from wide areas as well as being dangerous from dead ball situations; the pair even shared a first name. Even when athletes are in peak physical form, they can get hurt. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. In some ways, college athletes need to be even more careful than professionals in their online as well as offline behavior. but he didn’t seemed enamored either. After two days at UConn she returned home, enrolled at the University of Delaware where she played volleyball. A few months later he retired from football, probably one of the few ex-NFL players who did not anguish over giving up the game. When pro athletes boycott games, they show disrespect for fans and their sport. Having dropped to world no. Alex Morgan didn't take up soccer until she was 13 years old, very late by soccer standards, where starting young is important. Kluwe is known to be a regular player of games such as Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, League of Legends and more. Every time I played basketball I felt sick to my stomach. Former pro golfer (with 10 international wins) turned commentator and humorist Feherty has lived a life with ADD, addictions, and bipolar depression. When she showed up to the University of Connecticut for her freshman year, she saw the amount of time she would have to commit to basketball and felt … nothing. Mystery surrounded him. “You know, I tell people I don’t suffer from bipolar disorder, I live with it,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. There will be many more athletes out there who don't love their sports, strange as it may seem, but have never openly expressed that this is the case. Stephen Ireland was named Manchester City Player of the Season in 2009, aged just 23, yet the 2008-09 season ended up being rather the peak of the Irishman's career. At one time David Bentley was being lined up as a potential successor to David Beckham. The Vikings did not seem to like having an activist punter and cut him in 2013. They do it to provide for their family." "I hate boxing." They use hours and hours of their time training and committing to something that is never guaranteed to give anything back. Luckily for us, we live in an era when an ACL tear isn't the end of the line. Kluwe admitted to not being much of a football fan, and was better known for his love of video games, reading and later, activism - on issues such as same sex marriage and gay rights. His high school team needed a kicker and he could kick. Former NFL … Elena Della Donne may have progressed to become one of the most distinguished basketball players in the WNBA, but at one time, she certainly hated the sport, and admitted as much. Crime by pro athletes should not be ignored. The agent stopped representing this pro soccer player in 2005, and the matter was still in the works to be resolved, but until it becomes resolved, Riis has been listed as one of the pro players who have gone completely broke. Perkins, it turns out, hated baseball and hated sports in general. Some would say he was simply being one of the most honest athletes around, but it’s hard to watch Assou-Ekotto play and believe he is passionless about the sport. Throughout the 2000s, her team has been one of the top ranked teams in the sport. In 2010, she represented Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics winning the silver medal after falling to Sweden in the finals. All the athletes we mentioned, these 5 sports greats were able to enjoy hall-of-fame careers despite their ACL injuries. Here are the good ones. Former England international Bobby Zamora has played for the likes of West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham, as well as winning two caps for his country in a very respectable career. ... there’s no option to find a way out and this is exactly what binds a lot of current pro-athletes too. Every athlete has to overcome some type of adversity. Asset-Ekotto said, "I don't say I hate football, but it's not my passion." As you’ll see below, the list of athletes who use them consists of arguably many of the greatest athletes of all time. Kluwe grew up playing soccer as the genius son of a doctor and a scientist. For some, their heroism was highlighted by their passion for others and their sport. Cheryl is one of the top athletes in the sport of curling. 48 hours after he left all others, including bitter rival Carl Lewis, tasting dust in the 100-meter dash of the 1988 Summer Olympics, Ben Johnson was stripped of his medal.. Even the players with the smallest salaries still make lots and lots of money. Still Perkins once famously played an athlete in the 1957 story about baseball player Jimmy Piersall called Fear Strikes Out. He cited the early retirement of many and the lack of fights and willingness to fight even among top class boxers as prime evidence to support his belief. This is hardly surprising given that while some sports are very physical, few involve being repeatedly punched in the head. He spent a year travelling the world, before becoming a financial analyst in London. He contradicted himself often in his career, defined early by his ‘Image is Everything’ ad campaign for Canon cameras – a period when he became more about what he wore than how he played. Agassi wrote, "I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have." Most would consider sports stars to be. A few occupations that come to mind as impossible to hate would be Lenny Dykstra. I didn’t realize that feeling was having to leave my family – having to leave my sister who can’t even communicate with me when I’m gone." Efficiency statistics say one of the best seasons a professional player in the US – male or female – has ever had. The thought that an athlete could actually have no interest or not particularly enjoy their sport seems alien to some. The film crew brought in a baseball player, Tommy Holmes, to teach Perkins to throw. No one can fake those hours of workouts and practice. A few years ago, I visited Kluwe in Minnesota when he was still the Vikings punter. Major League Baseball should fine all of the players for the New … Perhaps the best Kluwe story came from his wife Isabel, who was a freshman working in UCLA’s football office when Kluwe committed to the school as a high school senior. Some may have enjoyed the sport as a child but once the pressures and strains of it set in, they began to lose their affection for the sport. As an upside: “I see from a different side of the street than most people. No one else married this actress, inspired this song or this song or sold this. About one-quarter reported being exhausted from the mental demands of the sport. Yes, it's a good, good job and I don't say that I hate football but it's not my passion. Top 15 Athletes Who Hated Their Sports ... saying "I really believe that boxers today and the people associated with boxing hate their own sport." His impact upon music, film, art, TV and many other aspects of American culture is titanic. No one can fake those hours of workouts and practice. His detachment was part of his appeal but it made him complicated too. Gary Lockett was a trapped animal he was one of his career most notable exceptions though to teach to... 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