%% PLEASE don't add professional wrestlers to this page. There's a separate subpage for nerdy wrestlers: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/OneOfUs/WrestlingWeenies

[[AC:American Football players]]
* Special shoutout to the entirety of the 2013-2015 Seattle Seahawks defenses, who took up the moniker "The Legion of Boom," after the name of Gorilla Grodd's Legion of Doom from ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
* Recent articles as of January 2015 have listed that Aaron Rodgers is known to reference ''The Princess Bride'' and the Green Bay Packers offensive linemen are known to have regular ''TabletopGames/SettlersOfCatan'' games in their downtime.
* 1996 #1 NFL draft pick and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Marcus Jones, currently a mixed martial artist on season 10 of ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'', is by his own admission "passionate" about ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and comic books. He also likes to garden, but that doesn't count.
* Chicago Bears Linebaker Lance Briggs is a huge fan of comic books, especially of ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''Pitt'', and ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. A big enough fan that comic books are more or less all he talks about, though he tries to be discreet about his hobby. When asked which super hero he would be he just sighed, rolled his eyes and said: "Well, I wouldn't wear tights. I would have leadership qualities. I would love to be a mind reader. That would be my power. But no tights. A snug fit, but no tights. What color costume? You want to hear me say orange and blue. No, something dark. I would be strong, dark, macho. A medium build. I would wear a loose jacket, a contemporary costume. I am not a tights guy, man. You get caught in tights, and you cannot get out." The sign of a true comic book geek.
* [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=100218/myronrolle Myron Rolle]], UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball athlete, Rhodes Scholar, and now neurosurgery resident at Harvard.
* During the time when he was known as Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was so eager to get his hands on an early copy of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Black Ops'' that he [[http://twitter.com/OGOchoCinco/status/14255453009 offered Bengals season tickets]] to anyone who could get it for him.
* Arizona Cardinals/Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Steve Breaston is a huge fan of comic books, he was even able to have a [[http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/Breaston-Visit-Spawns-Opportunity/0a1c0d75-5e6c-447a-927c-3b3702668e81 meeting]] with [[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Todd McFarlane]] who lives in Arizona. He also writes poetry.
* Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is really into video games, most notably VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. He is also the bassist in a Minnesota rock band called Tripping Icarus, and he posted a WebVideo/{{Hitler Rant|s}} video he made on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_opRmBPPBk relating to the NFL Lockout]].
** He has even posted on Website/GameFAQS: (Link: [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/2000211-sports-and-racing-nfl/61740371]])
** As of January 2013, Kluwe has a HeroUnit in ''VideoGame/XcomEnemyUnknown'' named after him as a reward for beating one of the game's developers in an online match.
** He also has an NPC in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'' based on himself, having donated to the game's kickstarter.
** Kluwe wrote an [[http://trenchescomic.com/tales/post/it-aint-all-fame-and-fortune "anonymous"]] Tales from TheTrenches in January 2013 as well. Guess the offseason is giving him time to kill.
** It gets better. He's also a Redditor, had a GPA of 3.87 in university and graduated ''in three years with a double major'' in history and political science, both of which are decidedly nerdy topics. He is also a DeadpanSnarker with {{Keet}}ish tendencies to boot. And the name of his upcoming book is, wait for it, ''Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.'' Chris is basically almost every troper ever, in the form of a single NFL punter.
* Heisman winner and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III loves ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and has an impressive sock collection, including Barney socks, Sesame Street socks, and Superman socks (the ones with the capes).
* Houston Texans player Brennan Williams is basically what happens if you made a 4chan user into a large NFL offensive lineman. He's into wrestling, anime (especially Anime/KillLaKill), Pokemon and other things. His twitter handle is even GREATBLACKOTAKU.
** It's not [[FanNickname nicknamed]] ''Medieval Poker'' in Spain for nothing.

[[AC:Auto Racers]]
* A number of professional race drivers play racing video games, either for training and/or for fun. Most commonly mentioned is ''VideoGame/GranTurismo''. Players include Tanner Foust (Formula Drift), Sébastien Loeb (WRC and Lemans), and Sebastian Vettel (''UsefulNotes/FormulaOne'').
* UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver Denny Hamlin has an interesting example. Before racing at Pocono Raceway for the first time, a track at the time known for being tough for rookies, he raced on the online racing simulator [[Creator/PapyrusDesignGroup NASCAR Thunder 2003]] before the race, and [[RookieRedRanger won his first two races at the track]] as well as two more later on in his career.
* Other NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney has stated on his twitter that he is an [[HeroicWannabe aspiring]] [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi]]

[[AC: Baseball players]]
* New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is a serious video game enthusiast and has his own custom [=PS3=] system with a hardwood finish and emblazoned with his signature and number. Recently, he warned against the dangers of haphazardly chucking small explosives in a PSA for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qpui1hYBw one of his favorites.]]
* Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling plays war games and {{MMORPG}}s. Originally, Schilling planned to start an MMORPG company after his retirement from baseball; he wound up starting Green Monster Games (now 38 Studios, who developed ''Kingdoms of Amalur'') before he retired. Once, when Schilling used to pitch for Arizona, he was rocked for two homers in the same game by former teammate Doug Glanville. After the game Doug dedicated that beating to the memory of Bing-bong, his ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' character that Schilling had left to die. Schilling has such a good relationship with ''Sony Online Entertainment'' that he asked them to add his likeness into ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'' for a charity event. The developers agreed, and put his voice, face, and likeness into the game, complete with his jersey's number painted on his red armor. This very character would later become a permanent part of the game under the name of "[[SignificantAnagram Clint Gilcrush]]". He also founded the company Multi-Man Publishing '''specifically''' to keep his wargame of choice, ''Advanced Squad Leader'', in print following Hasbro's purchase of Avalon Hill. The man is '''''dedicated'''''.
* San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is a pretty hardcore gamer who prefers [=RPGs=] like Torchlight, the '''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series, and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. He even does gaming livestreams on Twitch.
** He ''really'' likes [[http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1406985/hunter-spencer-wields-frostmourne_medium.jpg Warcraft.]]
** He also [[https://twitter.com/ThaGuyOnTheLeft/status/710159651258703873 likes to play]] ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
* Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey, oh so much. He named his bats "Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver", "Herugrim" and "Hrunting", after swords in The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Beowulf, respectively. His Twitter page says he is a Star Wars nerd and a Ninja in Training, among other things.
** He's a voracious reader in general having graduated from college with a degree in English literature and saying that if he hadn't become an athlete he'd have been an English professor.
** He also has the [[Franchise/StarWars Imperial March]] played when taking the mound to warm up, or the Series/GameOfThrones theme song.

[[AC: Basketball players]]
* Tim Duncan: now-retired leader of the San Antonio Spurs, widely acknowledged as the best power forward of all time, one of the 50 greatest basketball players of all time, two-time MVP, five championship rings... Oh, and he has a degree in Psychology, loves Renaissance fairs, he's into VideoGames, and he plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (and even has large tattoos of a dragon and a wizard on his back and chest).
** His calming down and giving Blake Griffin a "my bad" rub on the head after an accidental shoulder collision? Proof he's a NiceGuy.
* NBA Centers and twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez are both huge fans of Comics, Disneyland, and Music/MichaelJackson. They can even be found at Comic Con.
* Shaquille O'Neal is a big Franchise/{{Superman}} fan and has a tattoo of Superman's symbol. Presumably, this influenced his decision to do the ''Film/{{Steel}}'' movie.
* Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37158 is working on a real-life version]] of the Batcave, not to mention graduating with a degree in civil engineering.
* Chris Bosh, most recently of the Miami Heat, is a huge fan of the ComicBooks/XMen and got to voice [[ComicBooks/TheMightyThor Heimdall]] on an episode of WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash. Bosh is also an advocate of teaching programming and was by many accounts an excellent high school student.
* Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is an avid ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' player.
* Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward - notably handsome and good at basketball - plays ''VideoGame/LeagueofLegends'' and blogs about it.
* Jeremy Lin went from a competitive Palo-Alto-area high school to Harvard University and plays ''VideoGame/Dota2'' in his free time.
* My god, the legendary 1969-1973 Knicks squad was made up of a bunch of nerds. To reiterate:
** Bill Bradley, Rhodes Scholar who went to Princeton and eventually a U.S. senator who ran for President.
** Dick Barnett, who now has a Ph.D. from Fordham University.
** Phil Jackson, future Greatest Coach of All Time, who was a peace activist, would-be philosopher, and an avid reader.
** And probably the nerdiest of the bunch, Jerry Lucas, an eccentric who had a photographic memory, was well-known for his love of magic tricks, and even created his own language, which he shared with Bill Bradley (the pair used it to fluster and frustrate defenders on the court, and by all accounts it did its job well).
* Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli is a self-proclaimed weeaboo. Among his favorite anime are One Piece and Naruto.
* Pau Gasol started medical studies in his hometown of Barcelona before basketball got in the way.[[note]]At the time, he was with the basketball section of FC Barcelona.[[/note]] By that time, he was already fluent in Catalan, Spanish, and English (a not uncommon combination for Barcelona natives of the modern generation), and later taught himself French and Italian.

[[AC: Cricketers]]
* Former Australian cricket captain and now commentator Bill Lawry got the nickname "ComicStrip/ThePhantom" because he was a huge fan of the character, and kept a stash of Phantom comics in the team locker room.

[[AC: Figure Skaters]]
* Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is a huge anime fan and especially loves ''Manga/SailorMoon'' (even ''creating an entire exhibition program based on the titular show and character'' and wearing the Sailor outfit for the World Team competition in Japan). She's also [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-10-28/real-figure-skaters-endorse-yuri-on-ice/.108197 very public]] about being a fan of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', which isn't surprising since it's an anime about figure skating.
* Canadian figure skater Kevin Reynolds has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxuxrZgXhqU a program]] based on ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is a fan of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. After winning his second consecutive gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, he had a radio interview with Creator/NatsukiHanae (who voices ''Tokyo Ghoul'''s main character Ken Kaneki) which Hanyu was very excited and admittedly nervous about. He's also a huge fan of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', especially ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. He's stated that "Kaze" is his #1 song for moral support before a competition. Digimon card designer Kenji Watanabe even [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-02-28/digimon-designer-draws-olympic-skating-gold-medalist-hanyu/.128383 drew an image]] of him with Guilmon, Renamon, and Terriermon.
* American ice dancer Joe Johnson is a fan of numerous anime and video games, as evidenced by his Twitter posts. Like many other skaters, he's also a fan of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', and even went so far as to [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/280572f91e37a0e73affae76926cb8f0/tumblr_ok4cbj6VAK1sjumblo1_1280.jpg suggest]] and later actually [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/5f7d5d4ffe2f90604e4c11343306dce3/tumblr_ok4cbj6VAK1sjumblo2_1280.jpg perform]] Jean-Jacques Leroy's trademark "It's JJ Style!" pose at a televised skating event.

[[AC: Gymnasts]]
* At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mexican gymnast Elsa García Rodríguez Blancas performed her floor routine to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' medley. And not just any version: Music/LindseyStirling's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3KUyPKbR7Q one]].
** Her sister wrote an [[http://kotaku.com/5931798/my-awesome-sister-is-the-zelda-gymnast-and-yes-shes-a-lifelong-gamer article on Kotaku]] not long after explaining her sister's love of Zelda and video games.

[[AC: Hockey players]]
* Anaheim Ducks enforcer George Parros played college hockey at Princeton where he majored in economics and wrote his senior thesis on, get this, the West Coast longshoremen's labor dispute. He also played fantasy hockey and was really into video games (especially ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and ''Franchise/StreetFighter'') while in college, really likes 80's hair metal, and watches a lot of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Basically, he's the opposite of what one would think an enforcer would be.
* San Jose Sharks winger/defenseman Brent Burns, as noted in [[http://www.battleofcali.com/2012/9/13/3322560/twit-sharks-brent-burns this blog entry on Battle of California]]. He's read through ''Literature/HarryPotter'' (and has a Potter-inspired tattoo on his arm), Literature/TheHungerGames and the Literature/InheritanceCycle; owns [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] pajamas and is obsessed with the VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} series. He's even brought his Skylanders figures with him on road trips and tormented his teammates with them.

[[AC:Martial Artists]]
* Josh Barnett, heavyweight MMA fighter, had [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Ai wo Torimodose]] as his entrance theme while he was working in PRIDE. He also made a statement after the match more along the lines of "My Hokuto Shinken will never be as good as Kenshiro's so I have to keep working on my Nanto Seiken." He's also a fan of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zZzZzAuMfA Magic: The Gathering]]
* Lightweight Mixed Martial Artist Joe Lauzon has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and used to be a Network Administrator. Also a fanatical ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' player.
* MMA fighter Shane Carwin has an engineering degree and continues to work in that field despite being a top ranked heavyweight.
* Kickboxer Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima is a dangerous opponent to face in a ring. In 2010, he won the "K-1 World MAX 2010 -70kg" tournament with three consecutive knockouts. He is also an extreme cosplay otaku who loves dressing up as female characters from various manga/anime/video games. Oh, and he does this while entering the ring, complete with soundtrack and backup dancers and everything. He has cosplayed characters such as [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]], [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rena]], [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]], [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa]], and many more. Of course, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYS-MCYbIlY this has to be seen to be believed]]
* London 2012 judo gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto will be voicing a character in the upcoming ''Anime/DragonBallZ: Battle of Gods'' movie, and commented that she has been a DBZ fan since she was a little girl.
* MMA fighter Creator/RondaRousey [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vl6p9OhJhc really]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MmTk2Gbl2E loves]] ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}''. She put 200 hours into just Pokemon Blue, and has beaten every generation that comes out. Her appearance at Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestling/WrestleMania 31 saw her wearing a tank top with a direct reference to the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' "OVER 9000" meme.

[[AC: Poker Players]]
* Many, many current high-stakes poker players got their start in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''; David Williams is the most famous of those. Justified in that many of the skills used in ''Magic'' translate very well to poker.
* Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, winner of five World Series of Poker bracelets (including the Main Event in 2000), has a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.

[[AC: Rugby Players]]
* Before rugby union went professional in 1995, degreed professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants, and the like) were disproportionately represented in the international game. Even in the modern era, there are a decent number of top-notch players who have high-end professional qualifications:
** Conrad Smith (New Zealand) is a lawyer.
** Diego Ormaechea (Uruguay), whose career spanned the transition to professionalism and is also the oldest player to appear in the Rugby World Cup, is a veterinarian.
** Felipe Contepomi (Argentina), Jannie du Plessis (South Africa), and Jamie Roberts (Wales) are all doctors.
* Prop Omar Hasan was a [[IncrediblyLamePun pillar]][[labelnote:*]]The French word for "prop" is "pilier", which translates in English as "pillar"[[/labelnote]] of the Argentinian selection from 1995 and 2007. When he retired in 2008 after a successful career, he became an ''opera singer''.

[[AC:Soccer Players]]
* Argentinian football player (soccer) Sergio "Kun" Agüero of Manchester City. The "kun" isn't an actual part of his name but a nickname he got from his grandparents. This was due to his resemblance to the character "Kum Kum" from his favourite childhood anime [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kum-Kum "Wanpaku Oomukashi Kum Kum"]] made in 1975. He has worn this nickname on his jersey throughout his entire career.
** He also has a tattoo on his arm of his name in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Tengwar]], an Elvish language invented by Creator/JRRTolkien.
* A growing number of the Arsenal squad, most notably Cesc Fàbregas, Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere, are very keen gamers, especially of the ''FIFA'' series. Walcott even joked about what button Fàbregas had pressed to pass to him to set him up to score against Chelsea during a live interview on Sky Sports.
** Wojciech Szczesny, the starting Goalkeeper for Arsenal and the Polish National Team, could be compared to Wil Wheaton in his nerdiness, except he plays [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball professional football]] instead of being an actor. He really likes to be silly with his Website/{{Facebook}} and Website/{{Twitter}} (and now Instagram), and he is a very big fan of the ''Harry Potter'' series. There are also unconfirmed rumors of whether or not he's also a Star Wars fan.
* Jay Demerit, a professional soccer player for Vancouver Whitecaps and an infrequent call-up to the US Men's National Team, is a fan of ''WesternAnimation/{{My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic}}''.
* Brek Shea of FC Dallas created an MLS Expansion [[http://yfrog.com/khlg2uj team]] out of Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.
* Many soccer players have said that they decided to take up the sport thanks to the anime series ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. The list includes Fernando Torres, Hidetoshi Nakata, Alexis Sánchez (who named [[PreciousPuppies one of his Golden Retriever dogs]] "Atom" after Tsubasa's DubNameChange), Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Alessandro Del Piero.

* Matt Grevers, six-time Olympic medallist in swimming, also happens to be a committed gamer, and has played titles like Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda, {{VideoGame/Diablo}}, and VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, to name a few. His roommate for the London 2012 Olympics, Nathan Adrian, also a swimming medalist, doesn't slack either, collecting knick knacks like remote control helicopters and night vision goggles.
* Japanese swimmer Satomi Suzuki (winner of a silver medal for the 200m breaststroke and bronze for the 100m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics) wants to become a voice actress.

[[AC:Tennis players]]
* Tennis star Rafael Nadal used to run home after tennis practice to watch new episodes of ''Manga/DragonBall.'' His love for the franchise and his unorthodox play has earned him the nickname of being "[[http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/play/rafael-nadal-dragon-ball-tennis-216638 the Dragon Ball of tennis.]]"
* Serena Williams is a big ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fan, and voiced the kind prison guard at Iroh's cell in the ''A:TLA'' episode [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart1 "The Day Of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion"]] and a sage in the ''Legend of Korra'' episode [[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS2E7BeginningsPartOne "Beginnings, Part 1"]]. She is also a gamer, and made a guest appearance in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-p5V4nQU5k introduction video]] for the ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' League.

[[AC:Track and field]]
* Usain Bolt [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/10445971/Usain-Bolt-hooked-on-Call-of-Duty-but-remains-anonymous-to-opponents.html has said]] that he actually includes playing ''Call of Duty'' as part of his bedtime routine.