If you think about it, music and sports make surprisingly natural bedfellows. Super Bowl halftime performances have become arguably as popular as the game itself. Baseball players may put as much effort into choosing their walk-up songs as they do into their home run trots. And rock stars and sports stars have been sharing the fields, floors and stages of stadiums and arenas for decades.
But what about athletes and artists who share professions? Here are some stars who have traded the stage for the field and vice versa.
2 Chainz Vs. Shaquille O'Neal
A 19-year NBA veteran with championships, MVP titles and an Olympic gold medal to his name, Shaquille O'Neal had plenty to rap about on his five albums, including 1993's Shaq Diesel, which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200. Before he was a GRAMMY-nominated rapper, the 6-foot-5-inch MC 2 Chainz, aka Tauheed Epps, was recruited to play Division I Men's Basketball at Alabama State University.
Garth Brooks Vs. Bernie Williams
Though he earned a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University, high school baller Garth Brooks has trained with major league baseball teams such as the San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. A 16-year veteran of the New York Yankees, Bernie Williams has now traded his bat for a guitar and even earned a Latin GRAMMY nomination in 2009 for Best Instrumental Album for Moving Forward.
Rod Stewart Vs. Pelé
Rod Stewart has kicked around soccer balls onstage and on the field as a member of the Palos Verdes, Calif., Soccer Club Exiles, and is a well-known supporter of the UK's Celtic Football Club. Considered one of the best soccer players of all time, in 1969 Brazilian athlete Pelé released an EP, Tabelinha, with Elis Regina.
Sheryl Crow Vs. Carl Edwards
In high school in Kennett, Mo., Sheryl Crow was an all-state track star, medaling in the 75-meter low hurdles. She still runs and participated in the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon in 2012. A master of a different type of track, NASCAR champion Carl Edwards dabbles as a country music enthusiast and in 2011 teamed with Justin Moore for the latter's single "Bait A Hook."
See more rock vs. jock combinations in GRAMMY magazine.