Sports Stars with Super Weird Obsessions

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

Sports Stars with Super Weird Obsessions

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    Most pro athletes have millions of dollars and achieve plenty of fame and success in their careers. But don't fool yourself—they're just like you and me in plenty of ways.

    Hell, in some cases, they're even weirder than us.

    Take these super weird obsessions that a few of our favorite sports stars have, which should make your habit of biting your lower lip look a lot more normal than you might think.

Tiger Woods

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    Obsession: Wearing red on the final day of a tournament.

    He's one of the best golfers to ever tee it up, but that doesn't mean that Tiger Woods doesn't have some quirky obsessions.

    Although it'd be easy to insert an obvious sex-obsession joke here, the one that Tiger's really known for are the red shirts he wears for every final round of a tournament—which he does because his mom thinks it's his power color, per his official website (via

    Seeing as how he's won 14 major titles in his career, it seems to have worked more often than not.

Dwight Freeney

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    Obsession: His diet.

    He might not be the dominating pass-rusher that he used to be early on in his career—age and mileage tends to do that to a guy—but San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney, 33, is still a freak.

    At 6'1" and 268 pounds with the ability to run a 4.5 40-yard dash, one reason he stays in such great shape is because of what he puts in his body.

    Rather than count calories or look at nutrition facts like most folks, Freeney just sticks to what he knows works—which is a bit compulsive, but hey, the proof is in the results.

    Per Sports Illustrated, via Pop Sugar:

    His diet makes supermodels look indulgent. From the Wednesday morning before the [AFC championship] game to kickoff that Sunday afternoon he ate beef and pinto beans and nothing else, not even for breakfast. He drinks only grape juice, water and occasionally tea as a treat. If he goes to a restaurant he brings his ingredients with him and instructs the chef on how he wants it prepared — no oil, no pepper, no garlic, no garnish, no powder and certainly no pan spray.

Kevin Durant

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    Obsession: Video games.

    Just watching how superstar Kevin Durant carries himself, one would assume that he still has the heart of a child.

    So it's not surprising in the least bit that "KD" has more than just a slight love of video games, as he has admitted, via ESPN's Jon Robinson, that it's all he really does—well, besides dropping buckets at ease.

    Durant has led the NBA in scoring in three of the past four seasons, so I wonder if he has the same dominance when on the sticks?

Robert Griffin III

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    Obsession: Socks.

    Giving everyone just a sneak peek into how obsessed Robert Griffin III is with socks, the former Baylor star actually wore Superman socks—equipped with cape—to the Heisman Trophy ceremony back in 2011.

    The Washington Redskins quarterback continued to share his obsession for keeping his feet warm in style by creating a customized line for one of his sponsors—Adidas—as well as handing out pairs to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

    Since they came from RG3, I'm sure no one was complaining it wasn't candy.

LeBron James

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    Obsession: Success.

    LeBron James has been the most decorated athlete in the world for the past decade or so, so it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that he uses past accomplishments to fuel future success.

    And wouldn't you know it, after scoring three of the past four league MVP awards and two straight NBA titles, James has admitted, via Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post, that it's success he's actually obsessed with.

    Don't worry, Bron. At just 29 years old and with plenty of peak years left in the league, I'm sure you'll have plenty of chances to achieve everything you have your sights set on.

Bryce Harper

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    Obsession: Showering seven times a day, among others.

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been quite the entertaining ballplayer since breaking into the majors a couple years ago.

    He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and helped the Nats reach the playoffs for the first time since the team relocated from Montreal in 2005.

    And with an obsession of showering seven times per day, as well as eating Eggo waffles before each game, Harper is one dude whose routines have seemed to work just fine for.

Alex Ovechkin

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    Obsession: Sex before and after games.

    I'm not sure if this is something that has been proven to help him or not—or one I'd want to ever research—but props to Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin for at least admitting to it.

    Saying that he's obsessed with sex before and after games, per Russia Today (via Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports), Ovie is most definitely a role model to males everywhere who want to try to succeed at what they do as much as he does at hockey.

    So go ahead and line up, ladies, because I'm thinking this will help me become a better writer.

John Terry

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    Obsession: Various.

    Chelsea and England national team defender John Terry is quite the interesting dude.

    Terry makes sure that he doesn't miss a single step in his daily routine, admitting to as many as 50 different things he does, per John Cross of the Mirror—including sitting in the same seat on the team bus, listening to the same CD and parking in the same spot in the parking lot.

    That's a bit over-the-top, but he's enjoyed a long and successful career, so who am I to question what works?

Sidney Crosby

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    Obsession: Various.

    For anyone who wants to question how obsessed Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is about his routines, just watch that video.

    It shows Crosby taking a long stroll through the bowels of the arena before each game, avoiding ever passing the visitor's locker room at all costs.

    Saying, "there are probably a few that are borderline crazy," it's good to see that "Sid the Kid" can admit he has a problem—that's always the first step.

Jason Terry

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    Obsession: Eating chicken and wearing the opposing team's shorts to bed the night before.

    There's weird, and then there's the absolute bizarre.

    In the case of Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry, his obsession for wearing the opposing team's shorts the night before a game might be even worse than both.

    Add in the pregame cuisine of chicken, a headband and tube socks pulled up to his knees, and it's pretty clear that "Jet" has some things that make him unique.

Moises Alou

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    Obsession: Peeing on hands.

    We all know that athletes are always looking for some sort of competitive advantage, but this one is a bit ridiculous.

    Yes, former major league outfielder Moises Alou was actually known for peeing on his hands to toughen them up—as he was one of a dying breed of batters who didn't wear gloves.

    I'm hoping that teammates were wary when giving Alou postgame handshakes following a win.

Sergio Goycochea

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    Obsession: Peeing before a penalty kick.

    Speaking of pee, wouldn't you know that former Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea was known for tinkling like the aforementioned Alou was.

    For Goycochea, his stream came out prior to penalty kicks, saying that he did it once and it just sort of stuck after he saved the shot, according to The Independent.

    It might sound gross, but ironically enough, Sergio was known for his ability to stop shots, so what do I know?

Marshawn Lynch

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    Obsession: Skittles.

    Talk about a sweet tooth.

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's obsession with the candy Skittles is well-known by most football fans—especially those part of the "12th Man."

    As someone who lives in Seattle, I can tell you that I had my fair share of the colorful candies drunkenly celebrating the team's Super Bowl win last weekend—and I'm sure Lynch will have plenty at his disposal whenever he wants to now that he copped that sponsorship deal.

Turk Wendell

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    Obsession: Brushing teeth between innings and eating licorice.

    Former major league pitcher Turk Wendell may just be the quirkiest athlete ever.

    That's because throughout his 11-year MLB career, Wendell was known for a handful of different obsessions such as brushing his teeth between innings, gnawing on licorice and wearing a necklace made up of shark's teeth.

    I'm all about personal hygiene and sticking with something that works, but this is really weird.

    The dude even had an obsession with the number nine, wearing 99 on his jersey and signing a deal worth $9,999,999.

Lyoto Machida

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    Obsession: Drinking own pee.

    Not for the faint of heart, anyone who just ate lunch might want to hold off on watching this video of MMA fighter Lyoto Machida drinking pee.

    I mentioned the bizarre obsessions of other athletes who pee on their hands or before a penalty kick, but this one by Machida takes things up another level.

    Admitting to drinking his pee every morning to Brazilian fight magazine Tatame (via Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports), the fighter also isn't shy to sip on someone else's, as he did here with a reporter last year.

    Whatever happened to just taking a few swigs of Gatorade to help hydrate before a match?