Bills' Isaiah McKenzie Showcased New Talent on AGT and 20 Other Athletes With Hidden Talent Outside of Sports!

Bills’ Isaiah McKenzie Showcased New Talent on AGT and 20 Other Athletes With Hidden Talent Outside of Sports!

We already know professional athletes are talented at what they do, but some athletes with hidden talent outside of sports will make you do a double take. After all, being talented at one thing is hard enough – imagine being talented at two things! Well, we got a taste of it recently.

Last month, we witnessed a group of former and active NFL players take the stage at America’s Got Talent – the episode was on June 14, 2022. They call themselves the NFL Players’ Choir and certainly ‘wowed’ the audience and judges by singing “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers

Among the players that shocked us with their incredible voice are Tully Banta-Cain, Willie Yarbary, Bryan Scott, Jamon Brown, Bryant McKinnie, Isaiah McKenzie, Stephen Pierce, Leonard Weaver, Cameron Lamark Newton, Prince Amukamara, and Jamon Brown

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20 Other Athletes With Hidden Talent You Were Unaware Of

Bills' Isaiah McKenzie Showcased New Talent on AGT and 20 Other Athletes With Hidden Talent Outside of Sports!
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The NFL Players’ Choir is nothing new – in fact, they debuted with each other back in 2008 and perform annually at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Still, this is news to a lot of people – even football fans – and it caught a lot of us off-guard. Well, it’s more common than you think.

You’d be surprised to learn some of the hidden talents your favorite athletes have – whether it be singing, dancing, cooking, instruments, computer stuff, photography, editing, sewing, solving a rubik’s cube, beatboxing, or magic tricks. You never really know what talent you might find. 

The NFL Players’ Choir earned a ‘yes’ from Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara – advancing them to the next round. That all but confirms their talent, which isn’t hidden anymore, but let’s take a look at 20 other athletes with hidden talent you probably didn’t know about.

20. Alexander Massialas

Hidden Talent: Guitar

Alexander Massialas is an American professional foil fencer. He has competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, winning a silver medal and two bronze medals for Team USA. Not only that, but he’s a former two-time NCAA Champion and five-time medalist at the World Championships.  

Ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, NBC aired a brief video highlighting some of the Olympic athletes and their hidden talents – one of which was Alexander Massialas and his rather new fascination with the guitar. That was several years ago, so he’s likely better now!

19. Sydney McLaughlin

Hidden Talent: Juggling

Sydney McLaughlin is an American professional hurdler and sprinter in track and field. After winning a gold (4×400 relay) and silver (400m hurdles) at the 2019 World Championships, she helped Team USA win two gold medals at the 2020 Olympics in those same two events. 

In fact, she was featured in that same video Alexander Massialias was seen in ahead of the 2020 Olympics – except her hidden talent was juggling. She even explains how to do it, which blew my mind and actually helped me improve – though I’m still not confident in my juggling.

18. Caeleb Dressel

Hidden Talent: Drums

Caeleb Dressel is an American professional swimmer for Team USA. He competes in the freestyle, butterfly, and individual medley disciplines. After winning two gold medals at the 2016 Olympics, he won five gold medals at the 2020 Olympics – an extremely impressive display. 

And yes, you guessed right, he was featured in the same video as Alexander Massialias and Sydney McLaughlin – except his hidden talent was playing the drums. He knows how to rock out and has videos of himself doing covers to popular songs – including a “good 4 u” cover.

17. Lilly King

Hidden Talent: Piano

Lilly King is an American professional swimmer who competes in the breaststroke and medley disciplines. She represented Team USA at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, winning two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal. She also has 14 gold medals at the World Championships. 

Alright, we promise this is the final Olympic athlete from that legendary video we keep talking about. Her talent was the piano and you can tell it’s something that comes natural to her because she was hitting those keys gracefully. I bet it’s something many don’t know about her.

16. Russell Westbrook

Hidden Talent: Fashion Designer

Russell Westbrook is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his 15th season in the NBA. He’s a nine-time All-Star and was named the 2016-17 MVP – he also led the league in scoring twice and assists three times. He has averaged a triple double four times. 

Outside of his explosive talent on the court, Westbrook is making a name for himself in the fashion industry. It might not be that much of a hidden talent, especially since he’s a regular at the Met Gala, but it’ll come as a surprise to those that only view him as a basketball player. 

15. Miles Bridges

Hidden Talent: Hip-Hop Artist

Miles Bridges is an American professional basketball player who has spent the past four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. He had a breakout year last season, putting up 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 35.5 minutes per game. 

Outside of his basketball career, Bridges is dedicated to his potential as a hip-hop artist – going by the name of RTB MB. He’s actually pretty good, but he was recently arrested on domestic abuse charges – which won’t do well for either of his careers. Let’s hope he turns things around.

14. Zach Hyman

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Hidden Talent: Children’s Book Author

Zach Hyman is a Canadian professional hockey player who will be entering his eighth season in the NHL and second with the Edmonton Oilers. During his 421-game career, he has scored 113 goals and dished 126 points  – he had a career-high 27 goals and 27 assists this past season. 

What many people don’t know about Hyman is that he’s a best selling author specializing in children’s books – he even has a contract with the Penguin Random House. Some of his books include The Bambino and Me, Hockey Hero, and The Magician’s Secret – check them out!

13. A.J. Green

Hidden Talent: Juggling

A.J. Green is an American professional football player who will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. He has recorded 703 receptions for 10,278 yards and 68 touchdowns so far in his career. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver that currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. 

Sydney McLaughlin isn’t the only athlete that can juggle – A.J. Green can too! In fact, it has helped him become a better receiver by improving his hand-eye coordination. He began juggling in the 2nd grade and was on his elementary school’s team. He can juggle four items at a time.

12. Conor McGregor

Hidden Talent: Origami

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional MMA fighter who became the first UFC champion to hold title belts in two different divisions at the same time – featherweight and lightweight. In his prime, he was the money fight in the UFC and he even boxed Floyd Mayweather Jr. once. 

Outside of his life inside the octagon, McGregor will shock a lot of people when they learn he has taken on origami as a hobby – and he’s pretty good. In fact, he says it’s one of his keys to a sharp mind, meaning it makes him a better fighter. Whatever works for him – I won’t judge!

11. Paul George

Hidden Talent: Fishing

Paul George is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his 13th season in the NBA and fourth season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s a seven-time All-Star, four-time All-Defensive player, and 2012-13 Most Improved Player. He’s a dynamic player. 

Some might consider this more of a hobby, but those that are serious about fishing know it’s a talent – a lifestyle. As for George, he also finds it as a way of therapy and it’s actually more common among athletes than you’d think. Besides, who doesn’t like being out on the water?

10. Damian Lillard

Hidden Talent: Hip-Hop Artist

Damian Lillard is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his 11th season in the NBA – all of which with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year and has been selected to six All-Star games. He can shoot as well as anyone else.

While many people are well-aware of his ability to rap, some people outside of the basketball community aren’t going to know – but they should. He has released four studio albums since 2016, as well as several singles and features. He goes by the name of Dame D.O.L.L.A.

9. Brook Lopez

Hidden Talent: Drawing Comics

Brook Lopez is an American professional basketball player who will enter his 15th season in the NBA and fifth season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was selected to the 2012-13 All-Star game and more recently won an NBA Championship in 2021 – he might even win another soon.

Lopez has had a fascination with comics and drawing ever since he was young. In fact, his younger brother Robin Lopez – who played in the NBA – took on this same interest and they recently launched their first ever manga together called Transition Game – go check it out!

8. Myles Turner

Hidden Talent: LEGO Builder

Myles Turner is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his eighth season in the NBA – all of which with the Indiana Pacers. He is averaging 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.3 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game in his career. 

Not everyone has the patience and talent to build impressively-large LEGO creations, but Myles Turner is someone that does. He recently shared his LEGO collection – which includes the Pacers’ home basketball court, the Titanic ship, and much more. He builds as often as he can.

7. Bobby Wagner 

Hidden Talent: Billiards

Bobby Wagner is an American professional football player who plays linebacker and will be entering his 11th season in the NFL and first season with the defending champion Los Angeles Rams. He’s an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. 

In his spare time, Wagner loves to play billiards and considers himself a pool shark. In an interview, he once said, “I’m really good. I feel like I could compete with the guys on TV.” He also likes to play ping pong, but isn’t as good at the sport as he is at billiards – which he excels at. 

6. Justin Tucker

Hidden Talent: Opera Singer

Justin Tucker is an American professional football player who will be entering his 11th season in the NFL – all of which with the Baltimore Ravens. He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest kickers of all-time, being named to five Pro Bowls and winning the 2013 Super Bowl as a rookie.

This one might throw a lot of people for a loop – I know it did when I found out – but Tucker is a classically trained bass-baritone. Yeah, that means he’s a talented opera singer and he can even sing opera in seven different languages. Not exactly what you’d expect from a kicker.

5. Breanna Stewart

Hidden Talent: Juggling

Breanna Stewart is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing in her sixth season in the WNBA. She’s a three-time All-Star and former MVP averaging 20.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 32.5 minutes per game in her career.

Something many people might not know about Stewart is that she can juggle – much like Sydney McLaughlin and A.J. Green earlier on this list. She sometimes shows it off, but not enough for it to be a well-known fact. Don’t worry, it didn’t get by us and now you’re in the know!

4. Serena Williams

Hidden Talent: Sewing

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who turned professional in October 1995 and recently made her return after a one-year hiatus. She has an 855-152 singles record with 73 singles titles and 23 major championships. She’s one of the greatest of all-time. 

Williams is well-known for her interest in fashion and fashion design, but many people aren’t aware of her sewing talent – I guess you can call her Sew-ena Williams. It was her mom that taught her to sew at 3 years old, so she’s been sewing as long as she’s been playing tennis. 

3. Mookie Betts 

Hidden Talent: Bowling

Mookie Betts is an American professional baseball player who is currently playing in his ninth season in the MLB and third season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s a five-time All-Star, five-time Golden Glover, four-time Silver Slugger, two-time champion, and one-time MVP. 

Aside from his talent on the diamond, Betts is a highly skilled bowler – his mother taught him at an early age. He was named Tennessee Boys Bowler of the Year in 2010 and later competed in the PBA World Series of Bowling in 2015 and 2017. He has already bowled three perfect games.

2. Victor Oladipo

Hidden Talent: Singing

Victor Oladipo is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his 10th season in the NBA and first full season with the Miami Heat. He’s a two-time All-Star and 2017-18 Most Improved Player of the Year, with a chance to win it again this season. 

When healthy, he’s one of the most explosive players in the league. Off the court, he has a majestic voice – including an EP and studio album. Not only that, but he was on The Masked Singer in 2019 during the second season and sang before his dunk at the dunk contest. 

1. CJ McCollum

Hidden Talent: Journalism

CJ McCollum is an American professional basketball player who will be entering his 10th season in the NBA and first full season with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was the 2015-16 Most Improved Player of the Year and is destined to be named an All-Star one of these years.

In 2013, McCollum graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – something he’s strongly dedicated to. He has used his talent to write for numerous sports publications in the past and intends to continue to do so – also as an NBA analyst on TV.

Are You Surprised By These Athletes With Hidden Talent? 

Athletes with hidden talent outside of the sport they play professionally will always take some people by surprise – including us! It’s good to know that even though they spend most of the year perfecting their craft, athletes give themselves time to enjoy hobbies and other interests.

If you were shocked by those athletes with hidden talent, you’ll be even more shocked to learn that Shaquille O’Neal is a man of many talents – including being one of the hottest DJs, releasing several hip hop albums, and even serving as a reserve police officer in Florida. 

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