Top 20 Craziest Athlete Superstitions Of All Time
We all get a little superstitious sometimes. Maybe we heard a noise in the hallway when we were alone at night. Maybe we wear our lucky shirt to job interviews. But these sports stars take superstition to a whole new level. Ever wonder what Shaq does before a big game? What about the ritual that Michael Jordan used to carry himself into basketball greatness? Well look no further — after a little digging, we ferreted out the top 20 greatest (and craziest) athlete superstitions of all time.
20. Michael Jordan And His Jersey
Everyone knows the name Michael Jordan – a man so synonymous with basketball he is talked about to this day. However, did you know that Michael Jordan was extremely superstitious about – of all things – wearing his North Carolina Jersey? That’s right, Jordan always wore his UNC Chapel Hill Jersey underneath his Chicago Bulls uniform during each and every game.
19. Sidney Crosby
Hockey player Sidney Crosby has a multitude of superstitions. Not only does he need to call his mother every day he has a game, but he is remarkably consistent which restaurants he eats at. Not enough for you? Just don’t touch his hockey stick. He has to be the only one to tape it.
18. Peyton Manning
Football quarterback great Peyton Manning eats the same exact thing before each and every game he plays. What is this meal that helps him perform, you ask? Try two grilled chicken breasts, a bowl of marinera pasta, all with a side of baked potato and broccoli with a Gatorade to wash it all down.
17. Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce, of the Boston Celtics, also likes to have a particular meal before game time. However his is even more comical: Pierce scarfs down a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before every game.
16. Ray Allen
Don’t mess with Ray Allen’s ritual before taking the court for the Miami Heat. Any day he has a game, you’ll find Allen napping from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, enjoying a meal of chicken and rice an hour and a half later, and a quick head shave before heading to the basketball court at 3:30 pm. Quite the process!
15. LeBron James
King James loves biting his nails nervously while he sits on the bench between plays. What are you nervous about, Lebron?
14. Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere’s superstitions surround his hockey stick – which he treats with the utmost care. He regularly switches out sticks in order to “give them a rest”, particularly if the stick scored a goal. Gotta give those hockey sticks a rest for a job well done!
13. Bryce Harper
Byrce Harper suffers not one but two pretty comical superstitions. Not only does he have to eat Eggo Waffles for breakfast, but he showers 7 times a day!
12. Sam Bradford
While he doesn’t have to eat a particular item like Peyton Manning or Bryce Harper, Sam Bradford does have to eat whatever he’s chowing down on in groups of three. That’s right, 3 chicken breasts, three pieces of steak, three skittles, etc.
11. Caron Butler
While he has gotten over a previous superstition – the need to drink a half liter of Mountain Dew before he takes the court, Caron Butler now has to chew a straw during every timeout. Unfortunately the NBA banned it due to safety concerns.
10. Shaquille O’Neal
Not only does Shaquille O’Neal have a nutty superstition, but his need to chew four pieces of Big Red gum has a negative affect on the local furniture. When he’s done chewing his four pieces of gum before he takes the court, he sticks the gum under his seat! Gross!
9. Patrick Roy
It gets pretty lonely out there on the ice, but that’s no excuse for Goalie Patrick Roy’s superstition from his playing days. Roy would actually TALK to the goal posts before the game, you know, because they’re such good friends.
8. Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers loves his fast food, specifically Taco Bell. Before every game day, Justin enjoys three crunchy taco supremes with no tomato, a cheesy gordita crunch and a Mexican pizza with no tomatoes for dinner.
7. Serena Williams
In order to keep her mojo going through entire tournaments, you’ll never guess what Serena Williams does. Perhaps the world’s greatest female tennis player wears the same socks through ENTIRE tournaments. Those poor socks.
6. Tiger Woods
Ever notice how Tiger Woods REALLY likes red shirts? Particularly in the last rounds of major tournaments? Turns out Tiger’s mother told him that red shirts help him hit the ball better when he was just a boy. It a superstition he engages in to this day.
5. Moises Alou
The former Chicago Cubs star engaged in two rather, well, unique rituals before each and every game at Wrigley Field. Moises Alou actually urinated on his hands in order to get them ready. Just plain weird – and pretty gross.
4. Jason Terry
You’ve heard of the famous saying “know thy enemy”, right? Jason Terry takes this philosophy to a whole new level. Terry actually goes to bed the night before a game playing for the Boston Celtics with the opposing team’s shorts on. Does that help, Jason?
3. Jason Giambi
Athletes get into slumps, it’s just a fact. It’s what they do to get out of the slump that, well, gets interesting. Jason Giambi of the Cleveland Indians actually purchased, and wears during a batting slump, a golden thong. It has been so successful that he even got Derek Jeter to give it a try.
2. Les Miles
Getting to know your environment is a good thing, especially when it comes to athetic competition. That doesn’t mean we endorse what Les Miles is known for, however. Miles actually eats the turf at each stadium he visits as a coach for LSU. Would you like fries with that, Les?
1. Juan Manuel Márquez
At number 1 on our list is boxer Juan Manuel Márquez who uses his own urine in, well, a unique way. He doesn’t pee on his hands before a boxing match, that would be just weird. But he DOES drink his own urine nearly every day. At least it’s sterile…