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Top Nine Most Embarrassing Athlete Endorsements

By Jay Cooper

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and embarrassing athlete endorsements. For every successful pairing of an athlete and product (Michael Jordan and Nike immediately come to mind), there are dozens that go horribly wrong. Most recently, Tom Brady inked a deal with every female's favorite Australian boot maker, Ugg. No, that's not a typo. The three-time Super Bowl champion really did agree to promote the same boots your girlfriend wears. Are you cringing yet? Just wait, there's more. Here are the Top 9 Most Embarrassing Athlete Endorsements.

  • AKINORI OTSUKA, CORKY'S PEST CONTROL
    Two words: hilariously awful. I don't think it's a coincidence that the Padres quickly shipped Aki to the Rangers shortly after this commercial hit the airwaves. Watch
  • CARSON PALMER, JOHN MORRELL HOT DOGS
    I think the photo speaks for itself.
  • DENNIS RODMAN, DUNLOP LEMANS RV
    Remarkably, this is probably the least embarrassing venture Rodman has been involved in. Watch
  • CHUCK NORRIS, TOTAL GYM
    By now, everybody knows that there's no deflating the Chuck Norris aura of toughness, but does he really need to rub our faces in it by endorsing the same product as Christie Brinkley? It just doesn't seem very manly. And yes, I'm considering Chuck Norris an athlete for the purposes of this column. Watch
  • HULK HOGAN, PASTAMANIA
    The Hulkster's Pastamania was quite possible the WWE Hall of Famer's worst decision since Suburban Commando. Watch
  • JOE NAMATH, BEAUTYMIST PANTYHOSE
    My guess is that Broadway Joe had a few adult beverages before agreeing to this one. Unlike his run-in with Suzy Kolber, though, the ex-quarterback actually got the kiss he was looking for at the end of this one. Watch
  • TIGER WOODS, AMERICAN EXPRESS
    I admire Tiger for stepping-let me correct myself-leaping out of his comfort zone in this Caddyshack parody, but his acting clearly leaves a lot to be desired. Watch
  • RIC FLAIR, NORTH CAROLINA LOTTERY
    Seems like a little too much "wooing" going on between the "Nature Boy" and this old lady. Watch
  • JOE MONTANA, SKECHERS SHAPE-UPS
    Should a Hall of Fame quarterback really be pitching the same product as Kim Kardashian? Watch
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