There are some perks to being a professional athlete. It's hard to call fame a perk because being in the spotlight is about as positive an experience as it is negative, but the money can be great and the lifestyle is something most people only dream of. Doing something you love with the opportunity to make good money is a pretty sweet deal. Don't get us wrong, we understand the amount of hard work, but when you love something, working toward a goal isn't really work.
With that said, another perk that comes with being an athlete is that your chance of wrangling a world class wife or girlfriend rises almost exponentially. Athletes are almost universally confident and along with that most are fit. Add some earning potential to that and you have an equation that should bring a hot woman your way.
One of the biggest problems for a lot of dudes is that most women are just as shallow as we are. If you're less than decent looking, your chances drop in a bad way. But this is something plenty of athletes who are aesthetically challenged can get past. With these guys in mind, let's waste no time getting to fifteen athletes who look like they fell out of the ugly tree and hit ever branch on the way down, but were still able to find sexy women.
15 Roy Nelson - Jessy
I almost feel bad putting Big Country on this list, but just look at him. Between the mullet, the nasty beard, and the gut, he's a unique looking dude. I'll never say a bad thing about his grappling, knockout power or stamina (considering his build), but Roy Nelson is pretty damn unappealing. She's been with him since before 2009, when he got his start in the UFC. While we don't see the big fella busting his way into the top five in the Heavyweight division any time soon, he's a solid competitor with a hot wife, so we can't help but respect him.
14 Bartolo Colon - Rosanna
While I know how to pronounce it, I get a chuckle at the fact that his last name is "Colon." At 43, we have nothing but respect for his Cy Young (2005) and the fact that he's been in the league for almost two decades. Big Sexy, however, is quite clearly just an ironic nickname. He married his wife Rosanna back in 1996 and twenty years later, she still looks pretty good.
13 Dennis Rodman - Carmen Electra
Here's the thing about Dennis Rodman, I don't feel bad about putting him on this list. With these other athletes, I take no pleasure in calling them ugly, it's just a statement of fact. But in Rodman's case, he's naturally fairly unattractive, but also spent a lot of time making himself look as messed up as he does. It took effort.
He married Carmen Electra back in the late 90s, when she was one of the sexiest women on the planet. She was clearly with him for his personality.
12 Shaun White - Sarah Barthel
Shaun White can be seen as somewhat of an opposite to Dennis Rodman. While Rodman is naturally a mess to look at, and took steps to make himself look like a member of a different species, Shaun White had a unique look, with the long red hair and the smile protruding out of his face, but actually looks normal when he cut his hair. Let's be honest here, the dude looked like Carrot Top for a while. But no matter what he looks like, he's one of the best X-Games athletes of all time and that's what's important.
He's also dating Sarah Barthel, the singer for the electronic rock group Phantogram. He used to date Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, which is just as impressive,
11 Anthony Davis - Dylan Gonzalez
New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis is a talented player, having been named an All-Star each year since 2014, but he's far from a super model. Imagine some mad scientist bred Bert (from Bert and Ernie) with a piranha, you'd get Anthony Davis.
With that said however, he used to date Dylan Gonzalez, one of the Gonzalez twins who play ball for University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). It is unclear whether they are still together or how long the relationship lasted. Who cares, just look at her.
10 Wayne Rooney - Coleen
Wayne Rooney is a heck of a footballer, but he'll never be confused as a leading man. He has a forehead that makes him look like a young Kurtwood Smith. But with that said, he's also one of the best strikers in the world, with a hot wife. Her name is Coleen and they have known each other for almost 20 years. Rooney admitted that he had solicited some 'ladies of the night' while they were together but not married. The fact that Coleen stayed with him is proof she's a keeper.
9 Ronaldinho - Janaina Mendes (Broken up), Jelena Markovic
Many years ago, before he started doing terrible kid movies, genius comedian Eddie Murphy came up with a brilliant stand up routine about how easy it is for musicians to get women. His example was Luther Vandross, who isn't exactly a looker.
The same can be said of soccer players in Europe and South America. It doesn't matter what they look like. Ronaldinho is a fit guy for sure, but isn't fit for the cover of magazines. But again, take one look at Janaina or Jelena. It doesn't matter what I say.
8 Chris Bosh - Adrienne
Chris Bosh looks like a cross between a velociraptor and a praying mantis. That is not a compliment but the 6'11 forward/center is a damn solid basketball player and he's got an incredible looking wife, which matters more, really. He and Adrienne Williams married back in 2011. She's less than half his size, which is one definition of "living the dream."
7 Chris Kaman - Emilie
The Trail Blazers' veteran center Chris Kaman is not the most pleasant dude to look at unless you're into pale, bald heads and unkempt beards. With that said, the single-year All-Star didn't let his unique look get in the way of scoring a stunning wife. He and Emilie got married back in 2010 and she had a kid two years ago, hopefully it gets her looks...which are outstanding.
6 Nikolai Valuev - Galina
When your job entails being punched in the face, it can be hard to maintain your looks and that's been the case for Nikolai Valuev, though he might not have had good looks to begin with. Then again, looks don't matter so much when one's face is being rearranged by a seven foot tall monster, so I don't mention this opinion very often.
Since his retirement after 2009, he has founded his own boxing school and a charitable organization that advocates for fitness and exercise among young people. He and his wife Galina live in Saint Petersburg with their two kids.
5 Tyler Kennedy - Brandi
New Jersey Devils center Tyler Kennedy is not a dude anybody cares to look at. But all that is basically a non-issue when you have managed to marry a perfect ten. Her name is Brandi (notice the "i"), and last year they had a daughter. They named her Cookie. You can't make up stuff like this.
4 Jimmy Clausen - Jessica Gysin
Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame, Jimmy Clausen has, six seasons later, cemented himself as a terrible starter with a tendency to fumble snaps and a foul attitude that alienated teammates early in his career. Steve Smith was the most notorious of said teammates. He also bears a slight but significant resemblance to Evan Jones, the actor who played Cheddar Bob in 8 Mile (he also had notable roles in The Book of Eli and Jarhead).
Regardless of how he looks and how he plays football (or doesn't at this point) his wife is something unbelievable. Jessica Gysin used to play volleyball for USC and looks the part, standing a little over six feet tall and being blonde and gorgeous.
3 Shelden Williams - Candace Parker
After about a few years in the NBA, center Shelden Williams signed with Elan Chalon in France and a year later, took his career to China. His career was quite unremarkable, but he does have a distinct look that doesn't scream cover model. In 2008, he married Candace Parker, another basketball player,= and one of the first WNBA players to be able to dunk. Her fundamentals are good and she's one of the better players in the league.
2 Alexander Ovechkin - Maria Kirilenko (Broke Up) and Nastya Shubskaya
Our second hockey player on this list is also one of the NHL's most prolific scorers of the last ten years. He's known for his unconventionally hard shot, solid goal scoring sense and ability to pick corners. That being said, he won't be on the list for the hottest NHL players. He was engaged to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko until they cancelled their wedding in late 2014, but back in September he and his new fiancee Nastya announced their engagement.
1 Antonio Silva - Rosario Pimentel
There is a reason this unfortunate fellow's nickname is Bigfoot. Regardless of what he looks like though, he's held multiple Heavyweight belts for a few promotions (EliteXC, Cage Rage and Cage Warriors) and fought in one of the best fights in the history of the UFC Heavyweight division a couple of years ago when he and Mark Hunt fought five full rounds to a majority draw.
Along with being a more-than-respectable competitor, Bigfoot Silva has a pretty hot wife, Rosario Pimentel.
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