Can You Identify Famous Sports Stars Out of Uniform?
By: Gavin Thagard
7 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
The clock hits zero and the offseason begins. It's time for the athletes to get some well-deserved rest and recovery, which means they are going to be spending more time in T-shirts and dress suits than in their sports gear. Do you think you can recognize them when they aren't dressed for a game? Take this quiz and find out for yourself.
It's hard to imagine that athletes have lives outside of the games in which they compete. After all, they have spent such a large portion of their time inside their respective arenas, where they are dressed for the game and ready to compete. Fans usually only ever see them this way. That's why if you run into them on the street, it might take a second or third look to know if it's really your favorite athlete passing by.
Are you ready to see if you can identify these sports stars in their normal attire? You'll find a host of sports covered in this quiz, from baseball to tennis to football and many more. That means you will have to really dig deep when identifying some of these stars.
When you are ready, jump into this quiz and see if that suit and tie throws you off more than you realized.
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This star athlete is the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL, meaning he's got plenty of money for when he's not catching passes. Who is he?
After missing the playoffs again in 2018, the New York Giants decided to trade their star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., to the Cleveland Browns. The move was criticized by many sports analysts because the best asset the Giants received in return was a single first-round draft pick.
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Once ranked the No. 1 female tennis player in the world, can you identify this athlete out of uniform?
Serena Williams has a long-term rivalry with her sister, Venus Williams, that goes back to their childhood. The two have also put their rivalry aside to team up on several occasions to compete in doubles matches, winning 14 Grand Slam titles together.
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Do you know the name of this three-time NBA champion and Finals MVP when he's not on the court?
LeBron James is as important a figure off the court as he is on the court. Since rising to the highest level of stardom in the league, James has used his resources to both start businesses and in philanthropy efforts, like when he co-founded a public elementary school in Ohio.
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What's the name of this famous golfer who has dealt with injuries in the latter half of his career?
Tiger Woods entered the world of professional golf in 1996 at the age of 20 and won his first major the following year. However, he fell from the top of the golf world as quickly as he rose, winning his last major championship in 2008. But on April 14, 2019, Woods' dry spell ended with a stunning victory at the Masters, his fifth Masters' title and 15th major tournament.
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One of the biggest stars in soccer on and off the field, who is this Portuguese athlete?
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished soccer player than Cristiano Ronaldo. During his lengthy professional career, which began in 2002, he has won a host of championships in leagues from La Liga to UEFA to the FIFA World Cup.
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Can you identify this NFL quarterback who is considered the greatest quarterback of all time by many of his peers?
Sports analysts have been talking about the decline of Tom Brady since he approached his 40th birthday in 2017. However, even after turning 40, Brady has led the Patriots to two Super Bowls, winning one of them.
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Are you a big enough tennis fan to know who this 20-time Grand Slam champion is when he's not swinging his racquet?
Roger Federer reached the No. 1 ranking in male singles for the first time in 2004 after winning the Australia Open. Since reaching that ranking, he has held the position for more than 300 weeks throughout the course of his career.
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This sports star has been one of the faces of the WNBA off the court. What's her name?
Entering the WNBA in 2008, Candace Parker exploded onto the scene, recording 34 points and 12 rebounds in her first professional game. She went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player awards that season, giving a glimpse of what was to come for the future star.
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He's the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two weight divisions at the same time. Who is this athlete?
Conor McGregor rose to stardom in the UFC partly because of his antics outside of the octagon, where he became known for his trash talk and erratic behavior. However, the star athlete has been able to back it up for the most part, winning seven straight fights in the UFC before suffering a loss.
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Known for his incredible three-point shot, do you know who this NBA star is when he's not racking up points?
As Steph Curry's popularity increased both on and off the court, he slowly became the face of Under Armour. His shoe line has been one of the most popular brands for the company since he signed with them in 2013.
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Can you identify this baseball star who signed a 12-year deal with the Angels in 2019?
Mike Trout takes incredible care of his body in the offseason, which has allowed him to maintain his speed and athleticism even as he ages. His offseason regimen is one of the reasons he has been elected to the All-Star Game every full season he has been in the majors.
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This UFC star spent some time in the WWE when she stepped away from the sport. Who is she?
When her celebrity in the octagon hit its highest point, Ronda Rousey began to focus less on fighting and turned to a career in acting. She eventually returned to the UFC but was not the same fighter as when she left.
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One of the greatest Olympic champions ever, do you recognize this star swimmer when he's on dry land?
Even when he's not in the swimming pool, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, is a strong supporter of living a healthy lifestyle. In 2008, he even started the Michael Phelps Foundation as a way of promoting his message.
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What's the name of this former No. 1 overall draft pick in the NHL?
Sidney Crosby missed nearly two seasons during the prime of his career due to concussions he suffered in January of 2011. The concussions came in back-to-back games and left lingering symptoms that continued even after he tried to return to the sport in November of 2011.
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This star race car driver helped establish a place for women in the business. Can you identify her off the track?
Popular in front of the camera, Danica Patrick became an advertisement celebrity after doing several ads with GoDaddy.com. Since then, she has worked on ads with multiple companies from Coca-Cola to Hot Wheels.
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Do you know the name of this star right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies when he's not chasing down fly balls?
Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals in 2018 after they reportedly low-balled him on a new contract. In his return to Nationals Park in 2019, Harper was heavily booed by the crowd for leaving to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Who is this former Offensive Rookie of the Year who stars as a running back when he's on the field in the NFL?
Todd Gurley would have spent much more time off the field had he not recovered from tearing his ACL while at the University of Georgia. The injury came during his junior season and ended his college career, but luckily, he was still taken in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.
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This NBA star isn't afraid to talk trash on or off the court. What's his name?
Joel Embiid was a central member of "The Process" that defined the rebuild for the Philadelphia 76ers, where they purposely lost games to get high draft picks. Embiid, himself, was taken with the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
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Can you recognize this star soccer player who captains the Argentina national team during soccer season?
Though a star soccer player on the field, Lionel Messi has had some trouble off the field related to a tax fraud case from 2013. He was found guilty of the charges against him in 2016 and was ordered to pay back the money.
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One of the stars of the 2016 Summer Olympics gold-medal team, do you recognize this Olympic gymnast without her gold medal?
Simone Biles was a victim of former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of abuse charges in 2018. Though she didn't attend his trial, she released a statement on Twitter about the incident.
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This sports star still has a long career ahead of him in Major League Baseball. Who is he?
Manny Machado has established himself as a defensive star in Major League Baseball since making his debut in 2012. The infielder, who has spent time at both third base and shortstop, is a two-time Golden Glove Award winner, an honor that recognizes the best defensive players at each position.
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What's the name of this Russian hockey star who leads the Washington Capitals from the left wing position?
Born in Russia, Alexander Ovechkin comes from a family of high-level athletes. His father played soccer on the professional level, while his mother won an Olympic Gold Medal in basketball. He was obviously meant to have a career in sports.
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Can you identify this famous boxer if he's not throwing punches at his competition?
Gennady Golovkin had two classic matchups against Canelo Alvarez, both of which went the full 12 rounds. On two controversial decisions, the first matchup was ruled a tie and the second matchup was given to Alvarez.
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A quarterback known for his big arm and athleticism when on the field, who is this sports star?
Aaron Rodgers spent the 2018-19 playoffs watching the games from his home after the Green Bay Packers finished the season with a 6-9-1 record. The Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy, hoping to quickly rebuild at the tail-end of Rodgers' career.
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Do you recognize this Danish tennis star when she's not in her sports attire?
After rising through the tennis ranks, eventually reaching No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki found out she has rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. She revealed her battle with the disease after losing at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore.
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You've probably watched him hit home runs, but are you familiar with this baseball star when he's not dressed for a game?
Giancarlo Stanton signed one of the biggest deals in MLB history in 2014 with the Miami Marlins, which gave him a 13-year contract. Only three years later, Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees.
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This UFC star has been forced to take some time away from the octagon. What's his name?
Khabib Nurmagomedov started training for mixed martial arts from an early age, starting his career in wrestling. He once wrestled a small bear when he was only 9 years old.
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Can you identify this massive sports star when he's not throwing down dunks for the Milwaukee Bucks?
Recognizing his talent, Giannis Antetokounmpo's parents made tremendous sacrifices to ensure their son had a shot at making it in the NBA. Their hard work paid off and Antetokounmpo credits their sacrifices for his loyalty toward those close to him.
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He's easy to recognize when he's sacking quarterbacks in the NFL, but what about out of uniform?
Khalil Mack is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL, almost single-handedly changing the Bears' defense when he was traded there in 2018. With Mack on the team, the Bears reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
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A soccer star who has proven his marketability both on and off the field, who is this?
The obvious star of the soccer world, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 2013. With the honor, he became the first Brazilian soccer player to be featured on the cover of the magazine.
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Do you know the name of this female athlete who has managed to land multiple endorsement deals off the field?
When not on the field, Alex Morgan stands up for wage discrimination in the world of soccer. She even went as far as filing a class action suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, who was paying more to the men's team despite women drawing in more revenue.
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You might recognize this athlete as a rising star in the NHL, but are you able to identify him when he's not playing?
Despite the age requirement being 16, Connor McDavid was allowed to enter the Ontario Hockey League draft when he was only 15 years old. Even at such a young age, his skill level was so high that he was selected by the Erie Otters as the first overall pick.
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Who is this NBA star known for his unique pre-game attire?
After the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, Russell Westbrook wanted to honor the community activist by completing a 20-20-20 triple-double. He accomplished his objective in the final seconds of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers when he snagged a rebound off of a missed shot from the Lakers.
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Can you identify this MLB star when he's not stealing bases and winning MVPs?
At only 5 feet 6 inches tall, Jose Altuve is one of the shortest players in the history of Major League Baseball. His size has not stopped the 2017 AL MVP, who has three AL batting championships and a World Series title under his belt.
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Not many WNBA players are as accomplished as this female star on the court. Do you recognize her off the court?
Sue Bird opened up about her relationship with Megan Rapinoe in 2017, the first time she publicly revealed that she was a lesbian. The two appeared on the cover of the ESPN Body Issue in 2018, becoming the first same-sex couple to do so.
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He's a star running back for the Cowboys when he's not getting into trouble off the field. Who is this athlete?
Even though Ezekiel Elliott was not charged with crimes relating to domestic violence, he was suspended by the NFL for six games in 2017 for allegations relating to the crime. After several appeals and reinstatements, Elliott decided to serve the suspension.
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Are you familiar with this sports star when he's not winning Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks?
Patrick Kane was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the MVP of the league, following the 2015-16 season. The trophy made Kane the first player born in the United States to be awarded the honor.
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What's the name of this baseball legend who decided in 2019 that he won't be taking the field anymore?
Ichiro Suzuki is one of only 32 players to record more than 3,000 hits in his MLB career. Had he not spent the first half of his career playing in Japan, Suzuki would probably have beaten Pete Rose's record of 4,256 hits.
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This basketball star has become one of the most dominant offensive weapons in the NBA when he's on the court. Can you recognize him when he's in his normal attire?
Fans recognize James Harden off the court because of his unique beard, which has come to define the superstar athlete as much as his play on the court. In fact, Harden is so well-associated with his beard that he's often referred to as "The Beard."
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Can you name this No. 1 ranked female golfer when she's not teeing off?
Park Sung-hyun made her LPGA Tour debut in 2017 and immediately exploded onto the scene, winning the U.S. Women's Open that year. For her success, she was also named the LPGA Player of the Year and the LPGA Rookie of the Year.
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