'The Voice': Sports Edition

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

'The Voice': Sports Edition

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    Athletes are all trying to be entertainers, aren't they?

    Whether it's filming a movie, getting a cameo on a TV show or busting onto the music scene by releasing their own album, some of our favorite players have tried to show that they have more than just sports talent.

    Some of them have flopped mightily.

    Others, though? Well, a few of them have impressed.

    But which ones could have a real shot at the singing competition, The Voice? Keep reading to find out how I judge their skills.

Chris Webber

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    Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber may not have seen his singing career take off when he released an album in 1999, but just because C-Webb didn't work out too well for him, that doesn't mean he hasn't seen some success in the music industry.

    That's because Webber has actually produced a few albums with rapper Nas, meaning that, while the former hoopster isn't the one on the mic, he still has his hand in some of the tunes.

    Verdict: Stick to sports.

Roy Jones Jr.

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    A former heavyweight champion, Roy Jones Jr. has seemingly accomplished everything an athlete would want to during his career.

    Besides being the only boxer to rise from a light middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title, Jones had a somewhat decent musical career, too, first releasing a somewhat successful rap album in 2002 before forming the group Body Head Bangerz in 2004, which featured well-known artists like Juvenile, Bun B and Lil' Flip on a few tracks.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Coco Crisp

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    Oakland Athletics outfield Coco Crisp has some of the funkiest hair in the major leagues, but he's also not too bad at getting funky on the mic.

    Displaying some decent talent on a rap that he recorded last year, Crisp may not be winning any Grammy Awards anytime soon, but he can do a hell of a lot better than some people—especially athletes—that I've seen.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Oscar De La Hoya

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    At one point in time, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya was on top of the sport, known as "The Golden Boy" for his talents and marketing prowess.

    But as seemingly untouchable as De La Hoya appeared to be in the ring, the same success can't be said for his singing career.

    Sure, he released an album in 2000, but after it sort of flopped, he stepped away from the mic and turned his attention to other things—which, as you can tell by this song, was probably the best idea.

    Verdict: Stick to sports.

Bernie Williams

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    Known as one of the core pieces of the New York Yankees during their World Series teams in the '90s and early-2000s, former outfielder Bernie Williams was more than just an above-average baseball player.

    Classically trained on the guitar, Williams proved that he could do his thing on the six-stringer by earning a Latin Grammy nomination in 2009 thanks to his album, Moving Forward.

    With four World Series rings on his resume and a musical career to follow his playing days, Bernie might be one of the most successful athletes turned musicians out there.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Alexi Lalas

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    Many of us either know Alexi Lalas from his grungy, over-the-top '90s look while playing for the U.S. men's national soccer team or as an analyst on ESPN's soccer coverage.

    But regardless of how you known him, one might want to remember that this guy is actually a pretty talented singer, as he even went on tour with and opened for Hootie and the Blowfish during the mid-'90s.

    With four albums to his credit, Lalas might not be a big-named act—and hasn't released a record since 2010—but he at least beats that guy trying to impress all the girls at a party by playing.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Ozzie Smith

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    Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith might be the best magician baseball has ever seen when it comes to playing his position.

    A 13-time Gold Glove winner, "The Wizard of Oz" impressed with insane plays that would leave fans wondering how he not only got to a ball, but then was able to throw a runner out.

    As smooth as Smith was on the field, though, he might be even better when carrying a tune, as he showed during his rendition of Sam Cooke's "Cupid," which Ozzie recorded on an album with other MLB players back in 2005.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Terrence Stephens

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    Many of us probably remember seeing Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Terrence Stephens jump up in front of the entire team to belt out a song on Hard Knocks last summer.

    And while rookies are often put to the test through various forms of hazing, Stephens more than held his own, saving himself any embarrassment by killing it with his smooth voice.

    Some of his teammates might have been bashful hearing it, but I'm sure the ladies are a fan of Terrence's singing voice.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Manny Pacquiao

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    Seriously, what has boxing legend Manny Pacquiao not done in his career?

    In addition to his multiple title belts in the ring, Pacquiao has also gone on to have a successful political career and has proved to be quite the talent when singing, too.

    The fighter has released two different albums, with his latest single coming back in 2011, entitled, Sometimes When We Touch, showing Manny's softer side.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.

Deion Sanders

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    Former defensive back Deion Sanders might be in the Hall of Fame thanks to his football career, but when it comes to his hip-hop skills, well, that's an entirely different story.

    Sanders might have been blessed with ridiculous athleticism, playing two professional sports and winning both a World Series and Super Bowl, but he should have never tried his hand at music.

    With two albums to his credit, it's safe to assume Prime Time should have just enjoyed down time rather than trying to rap.

    Verdict: Stick to sports.

Jason Kidd

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    During his playing days, former point guard Jason Kidd was one of the most lethal players in the league.

    Displaying the savvy to score, rebound and pass, seeing him get a triple-double on any given night wasn't out of the question.

    One thing he probably regrets during his playing days, though? Releasing a rap song called, "What The Kidd Did?" during his rookie season in 1994.

    To be frank, it's absolutely miserable, but it's something that the Milwaukee Bucks coach can at least say he has knocked off of his bucket list.

    Verdict: Stick to sports.

Mike Reid

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    Most of the athletes on this list have had a little bit of success in either sports or music, but former NFL defensive lineman Mike Reid has actually seen it in both.

    The seventh overall selection out of Penn State in 1970, Reid enjoyed an NFL career that spanned five seasons, seeing him earn both two Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections, and this came after winning the Outland Trophy and Maxwell Award while still in college.

    His singing career, though? Well, that has been highlighted by a few Grammy wins, including a No. 1 hit with his song, "Walk on Faith" in 1990.

    With honors like that, it's clear to declare him the best athlete turned musician, as Reid has even tried his hand at theater recently.

    Verdict: Get on the mic.