Usain Bolt to join line of sports cameos?
August, 14, 2012
By Ryan Feldman | ESPN Stats & Info
Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesTerrell Owens played basketball for the USBL Adirondack Wildcats in 2002.Usain Bolt said he's considering an offer to play cricket in Australia's Big Bash League next season. The Melbourne Stars franchise confirmed it has opened negotiations with Bolt.
Here are some other pro athletes who have made cameos in other sports:
Terrell Owens plays basketball for USBL's Adirondack Wildcats: NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who played basketball in college at Tennessee-Chattanooga, signed with the USBL's Adirondack Wildcats in 2002. He scored seven points in eight minutes of action in his debut.
Randy Moss plays basketball for USBL's Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs: Randy Moss played the 2001 season with the USBL's Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs. During his debut, he scored seven points in 21 minutes. The summer before, he played in the NBA Summer League.
Roy Jones Jr. plays basketball for USBL's Jacksonville Barracudas : Roy Jones Jr. accomplished a rare feat by playing in a pro basketball game and winning a boxing match in the same day in June 1996. After playing for the USBL's Jacksonville Barracudas, he defeated Eric Lucas that night.
Kevin Durant plays intramural flag football game: During the 2011 NBA lockout, Kevin Durant got bored and played an intramural flag football game with some college students at Oklahoma State. He played for the Sigma Nu fraternity squad and threw four touchdown passes. A few months later, Durant's select team faced LeBron James' team in an exhibition flag football game and LeBron's team came out on top.
Justin Gatlin participates in Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie minicamp: Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin tried out as a wide receiver at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie minicamp in 2007 but ended up being cut. The following March, he showcased his skills at the Tennessee Titans' pro day.
AP Photo/Brad HornFootball Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, in 2010, debuted as a golfer on the Nationwide Tour.Jerry Rice debuts as golfer on Nationwide Tour: Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice debuted as a golfer on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 by shooting a 12-over 83, 20 strokes off the lead in the Fresh Express Classic. He improved in the second round with a 5-over 76 but missed the cut. A month later, he was disqualified from the BMW Charity Pro-Am when his caddie used a range-finding scope to check yardages. Rice returned to the tour this past April in the TPC Stonebrae Championship but withdrew in the second round when he was 23-over par.
Michael Westbrook becomes MMA fighter: Former NFL wide receiver Michael Westbrook shifted gears to MMA fighting. He's had three fights. He won his first one by a first-round submission in 2005 but lost his next two fights. He hasn't fought since 2009.
Brock Lesnar plays preseason football for Minnesota Vikings: After leaving the WWE as a pro wrestler, Brock Lesnar joined the Minnesota Vikings as a defensive lineman for the 2004 preseason but was cut before the season. During a scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lesnar nearly caused an all-out brawl after laying out Chiefs QB Damon Huard.
Michael Jordan tries baseball: After retiring from the NBA in October 1993, Michael Jordan pursued his dream of playing professional baseball. He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. He batted .202 for the Double-A Birmingham Barons but never played a regular-season game at the major league level. He returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.
AP Photo/Jeff ChiuAfter a successful football career, Herschel Walker won both of his MMA fights.Herschel Walker becomes MMA fighter: Former NFL running back Herschel Walker became an MMA fighter, and he has been pretty successful. He has had two fights and won both of them, one in January 2010 and the other in January 2011, both by TKO.
Chad Johnson beats horse in race: In June 2007, Chad Johnson raced a horse known as Restore the Roar and won the race convincingly. Johnson had a 100-meter head start in the 1/8-mile race.
Chad Johnson tries out for MLS team: In March 2011, Chad Johnson, then known as Chad Ochocinco, tried out for the MLS team Sporting Kansas City. An avid FIFA video-game fan, Johnson was not as successful in real-life soccer, as he was eventually cut by Kansas City.