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Athlete Throwback Thursday Pics You Can Never Unsee

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterJuly 24, 2014

Athlete Throwback Thursday Pics You Can Never Unsee

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    Throwback Thursday has been such a hit because it adds a little magic known as nostalgia into the otherwise narcissistically intoxicating world of social media. It’s one of the few social media events people seem to enjoy witnessing as much as participating in. 

    As much fun as it is to see vague acquaintances at the prom or posing for hilariously awkward school photos, it’s much more fun to see professional athletes in the same circumstances. They may be rich and famous and inexplicably talented, but at some point many of them were just goobers with ridiculous mustaches. And all of them were once goofy kids posing for goofy photos. 

    A lot of athlete #TBT photos are carefully selected to make the poster look cool, which is totally fair. But there are the bold few who throw caution to the wind and feel comfortable enough in their own skin to let their freak flag (or fantastically awkward nerd flag) fly. The end result is a collection of the most amazing athlete photos that would be impossible to unsee. 

    Not that you would want to unsee them. It’s just that some photos are powerful enough that once you see them, it’s almost impossible to ever see a certain athlete again without thinking of it. These are the photos you can never unsee. 

    And here are 20 such photos. 

Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

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    Instagram ID: jeffgordonweb

    Caption: I wasn’t only one w/ the #oldschoolstache. Many NASCAR greats rocked the stache through the years. Photos to come…

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

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    Instagram ID: jmanziel2

    Caption: Schemin on the low

Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas

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    Instagram ID: wayneseldenjr

    Caption: My momma just sent me this ! Haha Jayhawk fans might like this one (excuse my fat face)

    [Yes, that's Paul Pierce]

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

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    Instagram ID: rsherman25

    Caption: #TBT Been rocking Bowties since I was a toddler!

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Instagram ID: cp3

    Caption: #TBT I think I’m gonna start trying this out…me, my pops and my brother @cjpaul14 when he [had] braids haaaaa #HeWasGoinThruSomething #CP1 #CP2 #CP3

Kyle Busch, NASCAR

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    Instagram ID: rowdybusch

    Caption: #ThrowbackThursday @samanthabusch and I making last years Christmas card. #tbt

Xavier Henry, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Instagram ID: zeus_henry

    Caption: #tbt The baby of the family (me) ALWAYS looks the best! It’s funny the heights are completely reversed now!!! #lookinlikecellphonebars #bigbronbigcuz #IGotTheRockDooooooe

Jared Odrick, Miami Dolphins

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    Instagram ID: jaredodrick98

    Caption: “Sit still and you get a Happy Meal” 

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Instagram ID: kevinlove

    Caption: #tbt Halloween edition. Peter Pan. #LostBoys

Bryan Petersen, Texas Rangers

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    Instagram ID: peteypipes

    Caption: Throwback Thursday

Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes

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    Instagram ID: biznasty

    Caption: #tbt dat background doe….

Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Instagram ID: matt_barnes9

    Caption: #TBT youngster #2yrs/old with my Hawaii-Five-0 comb thru!! My mom told me I never crawled, I went from rolling around on the floor to walking. Hahaa “No question Isaiah & Carter are mine” lol #BigBody

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

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    Instagram ID: tremason27

    Caption: My mom just sent me this

Hulk Hogan, WWE

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    Instagram ID: hulk_hogan_

    Caption: [No caption]

Scottie Pippen, Retired NBA

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    Instagram ID: scottiepippen

    Caption: #TBT

Major Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Instagram ID: lilmade21

    Caption: #tbt after this pic I told my mama I made it lmao

Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Instagram ID: 22wiggins

    Caption: #TBT

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

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    Instagram ID: 0ne0fone

    Caption: Bac in 2nd Grade !! #1994 #tbt Fly Smart Guy !! LOL

Dion Bailey, USC

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    Instagram ID: dbailey_18

    Caption: Y’all not appreciating how bomb digaddy i was as a young lad.. So imma bless y’all with a look back into my young king days since it is Dion Day ahah. #PrinceCharmin #LonghairDntcare

The Rock, WWE

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    Instagram ID: therock

    Caption: Fanny pack and lean take it to a whole other level… #90sRock #WTF #BuffLesbian 

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