What if your favorite NFL players were legendary music artists instead?
The line between athletes and musicians has always been a thin one.
From the days of Kobe and Shaq dropping actual hip-hop tracks, athletes continue to be intertwined within the same space of fame that many musicians occupy.
We have stars like Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert appearing in the great ass (pun obviously intended) video to Kanye’s “Fade” and Steelers tailback Le’Veon Bell dropping whole (pretty fire) mixtapes on Soundcloud.
To actually see how easy the bridge is to gap you can look straight to Dave East who was a Division I ball player playing with the likes of Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley before flying out to OKC to work on music in KD’s home studio.
Over at The Checkdown on NFL.com they’ve put together a series of famous album covers replaced by NFL stars further thinning the line between sports and music fame.
Check out the dope album covers like Michael Jackson’s Thriller accurately being replaced with Odell Beckham Jr. and Atlanta Hawks coach Dan Quinn being put on Kendrick’s DAMN. cover.
Odell Beckham Jr. as Michael Jackson’s Thriller
This is a pretty accurate comparison if you consider just how outgoing OBJ actually is. His hair, dance moves, and eccentric personality make him just about the best athlete to compare to the King of Pop. Beckham also immortalized the late Jackson by tattooing the singer on his body a few months ago.
Dan Quinn as Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.
The parallel to the mood Kendrick emits on DAMN. and Dan Quinn’s salty stare as his team became the victim of Tom Brady’s record-breaking comeback is amazing.
After the Super Bowl, many Falcon fans could only say “Damn” after everything was over. I’m sure head coach Dan Quinn wishes he could hit the rewind button like Kendrick did at the end of his album.
Peep the rest of the hilarious album cover conversions and try to make your own connections between the artist and athlete.
Peyton Manning as Kanye’s The Life of Pablo
Rob Gronkowski as The Clash’s London Calling
Devonta Freeman as Devo’s Freedom of Choice
Dak Prescott as J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only
(I feel like this should’ve been reserved for Colin Kaepernick but whatever).