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The 5 worst athlete cameos in music videos

February, 8, 2013
MC HammerAllen Dean Steele/Getty ImagesMC Hammer scouts the Atlanta Falcons sideline for video talent in 1991.
Many athletes dream of being rappers and singers. Thankfully, some of them spare us from listening to their voices on a track and limit their contributions to the music videos of real recording artists. And yet, even these appearances can leave us shaking our heads.

Believe it or not, it is actually possible to fail a music-video cameo. Still skeptical? Check out the five videos below.

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Vanilla Ice-logano Jerome Miron-US PresswireSuddenly, Vanilla Ice is everywhere again, including the Pocono winner's circle with Joey Logano.
Vanilla Ice had a meteoric rise, selling more than 13 million copies of his debut album, "To The Extreme."

He faced an equally potent backlash, falling out of favor and recasting himself as a rap-metal artist and a reality TV star alongside other fallen idols on "The Surreal Life."

With a starring role in the new Adam Sandler movie "That's My Boy," Ice has come full circle as "Uncle Vanny," who cruises around in an old-school Mustang 5.0 convertible.

And Rob Van Winkle, as he now prefers to be called, has emerged from the shadow of the Iceman. The post-hype anger has subsided, and instead a friendly, cheerfully corny entertainer is grinding out interviews for the movie and his home-renovation show "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network.

"I'm a random guy. I shake a hand and make a friend. I don't do egotistical things," Van Winkle says. "I meet everybody. If somebody invites me to their house and they got a drum set close, I'm going to play, man. Let's jam. I don’t care. Get in where you fit in and enjoy the experience."

Decidedly low-maintenance, the man who once cooked MCs like a pound of bacon left ESPN and headed over to the nearby Chili's for some veggie fajitas.

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