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post Feb 29 2020, 12:17 PM
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Ok so I was wondering how many different examples we could think of for sports stars who went on to completely change their identity by taking a different career path either in the showbiz industry or in less glamorous forms.

The first example I thought of was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a professional wrestler turned Hollywood actor.

Also I thought of Vinnie Jones, a professional football player who went on to make many movies and star as the ‘hard man’ bad guy.

In the same sport, Dion Dublin, once a striker for the likes of Manchester United, Aston Villa and Coventry, now a daytime TV presenter for a housing show.

One more example who took a similar path, Andrew Flintoff, once a professional cricketer, now presenting BBC’s car show Top Gear.

What other examples can you think of?
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post Feb 29 2020, 01:36 PM
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We had a talk the other week from a non-league footballer who owned a church so that sort-of counts wink.gif

On a similar tack, Margaret Court became a Christian minister, although probably not one this site's demographic would be particularly fond of.
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post Feb 29 2020, 03:27 PM
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Eric Cantona has been an actor and Imran Khan is now prime minister of Pakistan.
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post Feb 29 2020, 03:35 PM
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George Weah is also the president of Liberia for that matter.
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post Feb 29 2020, 04:11 PM
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Former Test cricketer David Shepherd became a bishop.

Seb Coe was briefly a Tory MP after retiring from athletics. Chris Chattaway (who took part in the first four-minute mile) did the same.
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post Feb 29 2020, 04:30 PM
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Mick Channon was a footballer and then become a successful horse racing trainer.
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post Feb 29 2020, 04:34 PM
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The jockey Dick Francis became a best selling author and the England cricket captain Mike Brearley became a psychoanalyst.
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post Feb 29 2020, 11:13 PM
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Snooker player Steve Davis become a DJ and played at Glastonbury back in 2018.
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post Feb 29 2020, 11:17 PM
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Any notable sports stars that went on to begin a singing career?
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post Feb 29 2020, 11:38 PM
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Mar 1 2020, 12:17 AM) *
Any notable sports stars that went on to begin a singing career?

Vinnie Jones if I recall appeared on Top of The Pops once.

Chris Kamara released an album last year.
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post Feb 29 2020, 11:41 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Feb 29 2020, 11:38 PM) *
Chris Kamara released an album last year.

Oh yes, I also recall former England manager Terry Venables released a couple of songs including a jazz record for the 2002 World Cup.
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post Feb 29 2020, 11:49 PM
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Terry Venables had a UK Top 40 hit with a cover of 'If I Can Dream' back in 2010 which got to #23 in the charts.
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post Mar 21 2020, 05:36 PM
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Rebecca Romero won a silver in rowing in Athens 2004 and gold in cycling in Beijing 2008 at the Olympics.

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