Basketball isn’t the only thing that gets Carlos Arroyo‘s blood pumping.
His music: The Puerto Rican point guard launched his own musical career in 2009, recording two singles. Though Arroyo has been more prolific on the court, he may have a career in music one day. Bing: Find Arroyo’s song/
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Bronson Arroyo is not just a former Red Sox pitcher, he is also a singer.
His music: His debut album included covers of many artists as well as the Red Sox victory song “Dirty Water” (watch the video) by the Standells, in which Arroyo is accompanied by his teammates, including Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo and Kevin Youkilis. His love for music is so deep he even taught a teammate to play guitar so they could perform a cover of “Tessie” by Dropkick Murphys. Bing: Listen to music by Dropkick Murphys and the Standells/Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images – Getty Images
Coco Crisp has never lived up to the hype that surrounded his breakfast-of-champions name.
His music: Maybe that’s why he tried his talents at rapping. The center fielder sounds pretty good, so if baseball doesn’t work out, Coco can always rock the mic. Bing: Find Coco Crisp’s music/Kim Klement – US Presswire.
World champion Oscar De La Hoya wanted to think outside the box, so he gave music a shot.
His music: De La Hoya released his self-titled album in 2000 (find his music). The album featured songs written in both English and Spanish. Guess it didn’t work out as well as he hoped, since the boxer has yet to release a second album. Bing: Watch one of his music videos/Ed Mulholland – US Presswire.
Allen Iverson never made it big as a musician – he never even released his first album.
His music: Due to controversy over his lyrics and pressure from activists and NBA commissioner David Stern, Iverson eventually chose not to release the album even after changing the lyrics (find his music). Good thing Iverson has basketball to fall back on. Bing: Is he making an NBA comeback/Howard Smith – US Presswire.
Roy Jones Jr.
Roy Jones Jr. has enjoyed a somewhat more prolific music career than other
His music: Jones delved into the music world in 2001 with the debut “Round One: The Album.” Following the moderate success of his first album, Jones formed the musical group Body Head Bangerz and released a second album, “Body Head Bangerz: Volume One,” featuring several popular rap artists. Bing: Watch one of the Body Head Bangerz videos/Ed Mulholland – US Presswire.
His music: After discovering his talent at guitar, Kluwe (find his sought out bandmates to form the group Tripping Icarus. The band released its debut EP, “The Sideshow Sessions,” followed by a second album, a full-length LP titled “Perfect Citizen” (watch videos of their performances). Bing: Listen to his band’s songs/Kyle Terada – US Presswire.
Puerto-Rican-born MLB outfielder Bernie Williams is also a legit musician.
His music: Bernie Williams the musician is classically trained in this instrument, and has composed and released two albums, “The Journey Within” in 2003 and “Moving Forward” in 2009, which earned the former New York Yankee a Latin Grammy nomination. Bing: Listen to the single “Moving Forward,” featuring basketballer-turned-jazz man Wayman Tisdale/Theo Wargo – Getty Images.
His music: He released his aptly titled rap album “2 Much Drama” in 1999 under the not-quite-an-alias C. Webb. Webber went on to produce tracks for an A-list East Coast rapper, Nas. Rocky Widner – Getty Images.
Never one to leave in the spotlight, Deion Sanders had been a double-sport athlete, excelling in both football and baseball.
His music: Sanders released “Prime Time,” a rap album on Bust It Records, owned by his buddy, MC Hammer. The best-known singles off the album were “Must Be the Money” and “Prime Time Keeps on Tickin’.” Sanders also made an appearance in MC Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit” video. But he’s not done yet. In August 2011 Sanders was featured in Snoop Dogg‘s new single “Fame” (listen to it) as part of Sanders’ recent induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Otto Greule Jr. – Getty Images.
His music: He released the children’s album “Believe” on Aug. 9, 2011, with all proceeds going to his charity, Swish’s Wishes, benefiting children with health problems. The entire album consists of Swisher’s covers of uplifting gems such as “Lean on Me,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Believe.” Bing: Listen to many versions of “Lean on Me.”/Rick Osentoski – US Presswire.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage was a main attraction in the wrestling world. His “Macho Man” character was one of the most dramatic at his prime.
His music: In 2003 pro wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage delved into the rap world, releasing the album “Be a Man”. Tracks paid tribute to fellow wrestlers while dissing others, especially Hulk Hogan. Oh, yeah! Bing: See spoof videos of “Be a Man”/Courtesy of WWE/Handout/ REUTERS –
His music: Later that year, the elder Smith and several other major leaguers recorded songs for the album “Oh Say Can You Sing?“. Ozzie’s rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “Cupid” is as smooth as his moves on the field. Bing: Listen to Sam Cooke’s version of “Cupid”/Jerry Lai – US Presswire.