With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to start scrambling for your costume. You can always dress up as a dime-a-dozen vampire or zombie, but we’re offering some ideas that lean toward the unconventional. Here’s a guide for the “costume clueless” on how to dress up as a famous and distinctive looking sports figure for Halloween (Guys' Edition).
Injuries have limited San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson’s playing time this season. But outstanding career performances have made him one of baseball’s best closers. Despite his killer pitching repertoire, Wilson may be more recognized for his iconic facial hair. That said, you can honor Wilson’s 2010 World Series victory by dressing up as the man endearingly referred to as "The Beard."
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Although he hasn’t yet stepped foot on an NBA basketball court, Anthony Davis, the number one overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, has already established his own brand. Known for his monster unibrow as well as the skills he displayed at UK, Davis has even joked about trademarking his famous unibrow. He was joking, right?
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Speaking of brands, that of the seven-time Tour de France winner has been forever tarnished by the doping scandal. Nevertheless, Livestrong.com lives on, and the color yellow is still emblematic of the Armstrong brand. So with a few yellow accessories and some ultra tight cycling shorts, you can be Lance for a night. Running with a pack on Halloween? Get your friends to dress up as Lance’s teammates and make sure they’re willing to point fingers at you all night.
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As a tight end for the Chicago Bears, Ditka had a stellar career, winning the NFL Championship in 1963. But “the Hammer” is better known today as the tough-guy ex-head coach of da Bears and as an NFL Live commentator on NBC. Since he’s been satirized on SNL, Ditka can be instantly recognized. Wear Ditka’s distinguishing duds, and you’ll be unmistakable.
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Can you pretend to be an eight-time tennis Grand Slam champion? Dress up for Halloween as tennis star Andre Agassi—circa 1990. You could be a bald, drug-free, newer version of Agassi, but that’s not a lot of fun. Instead, show up as Andre in his prime, wearing an 80s headband and a garish tennis jacket.
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Even from the nosebleed section during a snowstorm, you can always tell where Troy Polamalu is on the field. He's got that look. In addition to his ferociously aggressive playing style, "The Tasmanian Devil" has a prodigious mane of black hair spilling out of the back of his helmet and covering the name on his jersey.
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The only fictional athlete on our list, from the 1989 film, Major League, “Wild Thing” is one of the most easily recognized characters in sports cinema.
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One of the most against-the-grain athletes ever to grace a basketball court, “The Worm” was famous for his rabid rebounding, crazy on-court antics and outrageous body art. Later, he made cross-dressing an art form. Rodman always had something shocking to show off, so your options are extensive.
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Although many people might not know you by name, they will certainly know who you are when you show up as the New England Patriots’ head coach. Most coaches look presentable on the sidelines, many wearing team jackets, but Belichick looks kind of like a homeless man who found a headset. Gotta respect him for his individuality!
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In the wake of the 2012 London Olympics, what better sports figure to dress as than the camera-friendly Ryan Lochte? Known for his inspired swimming and less-than-impressive interview skills, Lochte won a total of 5 medals in London (2 gold). With the following costume components, you will look like Lochte at your Halloween bash.
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We hope you’ve found inspiration in this guide to dressing up as a distinctive looking sports figure for Halloween. If you’re still clueless about your costume, that’s your problem. We’ve done our part to save Halloween.
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