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Top 15 Awkward Athlete Prom Photos

In television shows and movies, the prom is basically like a mini red carpet event. Characters look unbelievably glamorous, the party is generally hosted at a glitzy hotel, and of course, everyone has a smoking hot date on their arm. The prom photos that those types of characters take wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of Vogue or Elle. However, the reality is often very, very different. When you think of real life prom photos, you get a whole different set of images in your mind – and none of them are glamorous. Awkward poses, terrible backdrops, out of date suits in strange colors with ruffled details, and a plain old cringe-worthy teenage expression. For most individuals, prom photos aren’t exactly their finest moment.

However, athletes are a whole different story, right? After all, their high school career is often spent getting media attention from the local newspapers thanks to their athletic prowess, and countless high fives and cheers in the halls after they win a big game. They’re basically the normal high school version of celebrities – so they totally rocked their prom photos, right? Well, you might think that’s the case, but in actuality, at the end of the day, professional athletes are just regular people. That means they take regular, awkward, cringe-inducing prom photos. Now, most pro athletes know to keep those pics under lock and key, but every now and then one surfaces that proves how normal pro athletes can be.

Nowadays, the 15 individuals on this list are wealthy professional athletes who get all the perks of doing one of the things they love most for a living. The big stars are often chased by endless women, they get sponsorships and free swag, they zip around in fancy cars and basically live a life that most of us can only dream of. However, back in the day, they were just like everyone else – awkward teenagers posing for awkward photos. There’s just something comforting about that, no?

Here are 15 awkward athlete prom photos.

15 Mark Sanchez  

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14 Kevin Garnett 

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13 Dwyane Wade 

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12 Mike Bryan 

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11 Tom Brady 

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10 Alex Smith 

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9 Jimmy Rollins 

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8 Michael Jordan

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7 Charles Barkley 

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6 Sam Querrey

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5 Devon Kennard

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4 Derek Jeter 

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3 Janet Evans 

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2 Chris Paul

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1 Andre Williams 

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Andre Williams is a running back with the New York Giants, but perhaps he should have been a swimmer, judging by his choice of background. It seems to be a rule with prom photos that you either stand in front of a manufactured, cheesy backdrop, in someone’s living room, or outside someone’s house if you’re looking to get a little scenic landscape in the background. However, the real icing on the cake here is in Williams’ pose. I mean, we can only assume that his date’s father was the one taking the picture – why else would he appear to be made of stone, reluctant to make too much contact with his date?

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