Just about everyone who watches TV or goes to the movies has a celebrity crush.
Whether or not they are single, dating or married, good looking celebrities have a place in many peoples’ hearts.
But what about athletes? When they’re not training or involved in extensive travel for regular season and playoff games, they are pretty much like anyone else. They watch movies, play games and read books and magazines, as far as we think.
One weird crush that made headlines was Jose Canseco’s professed idolatry of Lady Gaga. We think it’s kind of creepy that the troubled 51-year-old former big league ball basher and whistleblower has a crush on the wildly weird 31-year-old pop superstar. In fact, he even went so far as to propose to the “Born This Way” hitmaker via Twitter, bad grammar and all.
“I love lady gaga wish I could meet her,” Canseco tweeted. “Would marry her in a second. Jose Canseco + Lady Gaga = best celebrity marriage ever? Discuss.” Adding later, “I am her [sic] night in baseball armor.”
That crush never was resolved and here are 15 others we think are pretty awesome.
15. Cardale Jones – Ronda Rousey
OK, so this one isn’t technically an athlete-celebrity crush, but now that Rousey has joined the WWE and acted in a number of films and TV shows, she is more celeb than athlete anyway, in our humble opinion. So, it would appear that current Los Angeles Chargers’ back-up quarterback Cardale Jones has had a thing for the good looking former UFC champion/actress. While with Ohio State, he did woo her on Twitter, to which she said that she found his words “complimentary.” In a brief story in The Score a while ago, Jones went so far as to wear a Ronda Rousey t-shirt while checking into a hotel prior to training camp. The Chargers third-string pivot, who made a name for himself by winning the 2015 NCAA championship, certainly created a stir by sporting the sleeveless tribute to his crush and has made no secret he’s sweet on her.
14. Sidney Crosby – Jennifer Garner
He is arguably the world’s greatest hockey player and probably the most private superstar on the face of the planet too. And for the record he is dating swimsuit model Kathy Leutner. Whatever his romantic status, Crosby does a fantastic a job keeping his private life private, while his professional life is laid bare on TV. However, when pressed a couple of years ago during a candid NHL segment on who players crush on, Crosby came right out with Jennifer Garner. The 45-year-old former “Alias” and chick flick star would definitely fall into the “cougar” category for Crosby, and, to Crosby’s detriment, she is currently available, having split with Ben Affleck in 2015. Now Sid may have something for the native Texan, but she is a mother of three, so any potential union would have a “Brady Bunch” feel to it.
13. Drake – Skylar Diggins
This is an athlete-celebrity crush in reverse, but since Drizzy is a big-time ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, we’ll call it as we see it. The massive Rap singer-songwriter and former Degrassi cast member has let it be known that he is/was very hot for WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith. Only one thing, she’s now married to former Notre Dame receiver Daniel Smith, who was quite unimpressed at Drake’s Twitter scrawls and photo posts of the basketball beauty professing his devotion to her. Now Drake has before been linked to Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, so he has done quite well for himself in the love department, which makes this crush exactly what it is (or was), a crush. Or is it? His close friends and associates began to slag him for his overt Twitter posts and one, OB O’Brien, even did a series of videos to defend his superstar buddy over some of the stuff people were saying about his attraction to the WNBA star.
12. Gronk – Pamela Anderson
Rob Gronkowski, despite his penchant for partying and living the lavish life of a superstar athlete, is still a world class tight end gunning for his third Super Bowl ring this year. The four-time All-Pro is coming off a concussion prior to Super Bowl LII against Philadelphia and, but he’s declared himself ready to go. In years past, when his largesse sometimes overshadowed his football prowess, Gronk told everyone about his celebrity crush, prior to Super Bowl XLIX. He made his announcement during the media day circus and it was a curious one. The man who has no doubt had some flings on his cross-country tours of debauchery said he was sweet on Pamela Anderson. Yes, that Pamela Anderson, the pneumatic, video-obsessed 48-year-old former Mrs. Tommy Lee. Perhaps it’s her affiliation with PETA that makes Gronk swoon, or her devotion to making marijuana legal. We say the latter, ahem. But all kidding aside, she is single, having gone through a few husbands, so maybe the Gronk is still in luck.
11. J.J. Watt – Jennifer Aniston
J.J. Watt is a big dude. Jennifer Aniston is a petite lady. The picture of the two together — with Watt sporting a grin from ear to ear — is priceless. The Houston Texans popular defensive end fulfilled a life-long wish by meeting his celebrity crush at the talent agency they both belong to. The four-time All-Pro and three-time defensive player of the year posted on Instagram a very apt description of meeting the former “Friends” star, “I’m not even going to try to pretend like I acted cool when this happened.” #lifemade. It doesn’t matter that the 28-year-old football superstar is 20 years Aniston’s junior, or that she was at the time was engaged to Justin Theroux (now married), if his Tweets were any indication. “I officially want to marry Jennifer Aniston,” was just one of them.
10. Chris Paul – Kelly Kapowski (aka Tiffani Thiessen)
It’s hard to believe, but Tiffani Thiessen is now 44. And 32-year-old Houston Rockets star guard Chris Paul has in the past totally tripped for her — or rather Kelly Kapowski. Paul, a Christian and married since 2011, didn’t crush so much on Thiessen, who is also married with two kids, but the character she played on the hit series “Saved By The Bell.” And so it was that on his 29th birthday in 2014 that Paul got an autographed photo of Thiessen, circa the big hair SBTB days. After saying on Instagram that it was one of the best birthday presents he had ever received, Thiessen tweeted to Paul (@CP3) “Ahh I’m blushing. Hope you have an amazing birthday my dear. Cheers! Xo” The boyhood crush Paul had on Zack Morris’ squeeze was definitely brought to life. Here’s hoping he doesn’t still dig acid wash jeans.
9. Blake Griffin – Jennifer Lawrence/Mila Kunis
It seems that Chris Paul isn’t the only former Clipper to crush on a celebrity, including one who played a character on another iconic coming-of-age sitcom. Griffin, who was shockingly traded to Detroit on Jan. 30, 2018, is so larger than life that he actually has two crushes. One being Hunger Games superstar Jennifer Lawrence and the other, Mila Kunis of “That 70s Show” fame. Unlike his list-mates here, though, Griffin’s tastes go to women who are a little more in his age bracket. He’s 28, while Kunis is 34 and Lawrence is 27 this week. The human highlight reel, who has been linked to Kendall Jenner of late, probably wouldn’t score with Kunis, who is married and has a daughter with That 70s Show alum Ashton Kutcher. But he could get an audience with Lawrence, whose last known relationship was with famed director Darren Aronofsky.
8. Jahlil Okafor – Beyonce
Life has been fairly good to Duke alumnus and current Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor. After just one season with the Blue Devils, he became the third overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, and made the All-Rookie team in 2016. Since traded to the Nets, the star center didn’t mince words when asked by SI.com during his rookie season just which celebrity he had a crush on: Beyonce. Guess he didn’t care that she is married to mega-producer Jay-Z or that she two daughters and a son, too. The then freshman NBAer shot to score and from the lip, that’s for sure. As far as an age gap goes, Beyonce would have been a “cradle robber” if she and Ja Ja ever got together. Okafor was a lad of 19, then, while Houston native Beyonce was 33. However, they could be a “power couple”, what with her massive fortune and the dollars he could collect if he gets his NBA act together.
7. Jadeveon Clowney and Colin Kaepernick – Rihanna
Rihanna does have a history of dating sport stars and fellow celebs, having once been on the arm of Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp, not to mention Drake. As a celebrity crush she is also popular, it seems, with the football set. Both Houston Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney and controversial former San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick have admitted an affinity for the pop superstar, for good reason. The 29-year-old native of Barbados is beautiful, talented and plenty rich. As to who might have the inside track, Kaepernick would have been a good bet, had she ever decided she would date a football star. But with Kaepernick on the outs with the NFL, Texans’ sack-master Clowney might have the goods. He is Houston, which isn’t that far from Rihanna’s home in Manhattan and he makes good money, with a big contract extension in his near future.
6. Ryan Lochte – Blake Lively
Big time swimmer Ryan Lochte has been as famous for winning Olympic gold medals as he is infamous for concocting outlandish stories about being robbed in Rio during the 2016 summer games. That false claim nearly landed him in jail and did get him suspended by FINA for 10 months. Before the infamy he garnered in Brazil, Lochte was just a great swimmer, having won five medals at the 2012 Summer Games in London to tie him with Mark Spitz and put him one behind Michael Phelps all-time. With that, he became a regular on the talk circuit and in an interview with People magazine, he professed a fondness for Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively. Only problem was, Lively was due to wed fellow actor Ryan Reynolds shortly after his admission, which floored the famous American swimmer. “I just heard about [the wedding],” Lochte told PEOPLE at that time. “I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend until someone told me after I said I had a crush on her.” Too bad, so sad.
5. Simone Biles – Zac Efron
It’s been a tough year already for four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world gymnastics champion Simone Biles. The 20-year-old Ohio native admitted to being sexually abused by disgraced and convicted former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, prior to his sentencing. Life hasn’t always been thus for the consensus best gymnast in the world, who has enjoyed the fruits of her athletic endeavors. Now dating fellow gymnast Stacy Ervin, Jr., Biles once crushed badly on actor Zac Efron. During the 2016 Olympics, Hoda Kotb of the Today Show arranged for a big surprise just after Biles and the famous “Final Five” had won a gold. Kotb had arranged for Efron to show up, which nearly caused Biles to go into hysterics. “Ahhh, oh my God! Stop, is this real life? Oh my God. Stop,” she said after he gave her a hug and peck on the cheek.
4. John Daly – Katy Perry
We know what everyone’s thinking and no, he’s not THAT John Daly. The Daly we are referring to here is Olympic skeleton racer and world championship gold medalist John Daly. Slated to race for Team USA at Pyeongchang, Daly is probably the complete antithesis to the namesake golfer who smokes cigarettes, is overweight and loves the night life. Like any other famous, or in his case semi-famous, athlete Daly’s guilty pleasure is a crush on huge celebrity Katy Perry. When asked recently who he had an eye for, the Queens, NY native said, “Katy Perry. Why? Simple — because she’s hot and I like her music. She seems like a fun time, and I like that.” We think Daly’s choice of the current American Idol judge and music giant is pretty solid.
3. Lamar Odom – Jennifer Lopez
It didn’t take long for former two-time NBA champion and Sixth Man of the Year winner Lamar Odom to move on (sort of) from celebutante former wife Khloe Kardashian. After finalizing his divorce from the reality TV star, he told anyone who would listen that his crush at that time was none other than Jennifer Lopez. When asked who he was crushing on, his answer was very succinct, “that’s a good one. J.Lo.” Now retired from basketball and from what we can gather, single, the 38-year-old Odom probably knows that singer/actress is dating retired baseball bad boy Alex Rodriguez. However, knowing how A-Rod has been a playboy in and out of baseball, Odom might yet have a shot at his famous celebrity crush.
2. Auston Matthews – Jessica Alba
In hockey circles, second-year NHL man and 2016 no. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews is quickly gaining cred as not only a wiz with the puck, but also as a leader and fierce competitor. Playing in the “center of the hockey universe” in Toronto is trying at the best of times, but the 20-year-old native of San Ramon, California has taken it all in stride and continues to thrive. Prior to scoring 40 goals in his first NHL season with the Maple Leafs and winning the Calder Trophy as top rookie, ESPN sat down with the freshly minted draft pick for a little Q&A. The sports giant’s Craig Custance put some standard questions to the then teenager and after naming his favorite athlete growing up (Kobe Bryant) he tabbed Californian and fellow person of Mexican descent, actress Jessica Alba, as his celebrity crush. Now, Alba is married and has three children, but Matthews revelation proves he has good taste.
1. Eugenie Bouchard – Justin Bieber
Not only did Canadian women’s tennis star Eugenie Bouchard once sheepishly reveal who her celebrity crush was, but she also got to play the game she loves with him. After winning in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open five years ago, the then 19-year-old singles phenom was asked point blank who in the celebrity world she would date. Being Canadian, she gave a patriotic nod to superstar singer and fellow Canuck Justin Bieber. Just over two years later, and courtesy of actor/comedian Will Ferrell’s 11th Annual Desert Smash tennis event, Bouchard, then ranked seventh in the world, was paired with the Biebs for a doubles match. Not sure how good Bieber is at tennis (he does play some hockey) but Bouchard no doubt had some fun.