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JOE MONTANA Jan. 24, 1987 One of the (Credit: AP)

JOE MONTANA
Jan. 24, 1987
One of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks, Montana delivered a hysterical line at the close of his “The Honest Man” skit.
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Athletes who host SNL

A look back at sports stars that hosted Saturday Night Live. Each caption includes a link to one sketch featuring the athlete.
Not pictured: Bill Russell (Nov. 3, 1979), John Madden (Jan. 30, 1982), Billy Martin (May 24, 1986), Nancy Kerrigan (March 13, 1994) and George Foreman (Dec. 17, 1994)
Warning: Some videos contain profanity and may be considered inappropriate.
Compiled by Ashley Melfi

ELI MANNING May 5, 2012 Manning poked fun
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ELI MANNING
May 5, 2012
Manning poked fun at Brett Favre, Tim Tebow and brother Peyton during his appearance on SNL.
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MICHAEL PHELPS Sept. 13, 2008 Michael Phelps didn’t
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MICHAEL PHELPS
Sept. 13, 2008
Michael Phelps didn’t say much in one bizarre SNL skit, which portrayed Phelps on an awkward date at Pizzeria Uno.
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LEBRON JAMES Sept. 29, 2007 Wondering why LeBron
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LEBRON JAMES
Sept. 29, 2007
Wondering why LeBron James jumped directly from high school to the NBA? SNL and Jason Sudeikis traced it back to a guidance counselor-fanboy.
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PEYTON MANNING March 24, 2007 Peyton Manning’s United
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PEYTON MANNING
March 24, 2007
Peyton Manning’s United Way Digital Short was one of the funniest skits featuring in athlete in SNL history. Manning abused kids during a football practice, and in the process, proved his acting chops.
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LANCE ARMSTRONG Oct. 29, 2005 Does Lance Armstrong
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LANCE ARMSTRONG
Oct. 29, 2005
Does Lance Armstrong know how to do anything besides ride a bike? Armstrong tried to prove his versatility by swimming and running — awkwardly — in a mock Ironman competition in one skit.
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TOM BRADY April 16, 2004 Patriots quarterback Tom
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TOM BRADY
April 16, 2004
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shed his pants and got a little physical for a mock public service announcement on SNL.
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ANDY RODDICK Nov. 8, 2003 The young tennis
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ANDY RODDICK
Nov. 8, 2003
The young tennis pro played a doctor, a 16-year-old, himself and other characters in his appearance on SNL.
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JEFF GORDON Jan. 11, 2003 Jeff Gordon, one
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JEFF GORDON
Jan. 11, 2003
Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR’s most famous drivers, poked fun at the stereotypes surrounding his sport — and fans — in his opening monologue.
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DEREK JETER Dec, 1, 2001 Always a private
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DEREK JETER
Dec, 1, 2001
Always a private guy, Derek Jeter finally let loose as host of SNL in 2001. One of his best skits was as a spokesperson for “Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole.”
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DEION SANDERS Feb. 18, 1995 Chris Farley, playing
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DEION SANDERS
Feb. 18, 1995
Chris Farley, playing a sick “child,” begged "Primetime" to hot dog during a Cowboys-49ers game. It didn’t end too well for Sanders, but Farley was miraculously cured by the shenanigans.
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CHARLES BARKLEY Sept. 25, 1993 and Jan. 7,
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CHARLES BARKLEY
Sept. 25, 1993 and Jan. 7, 2012
In one SNL skit, you had Charles Barkley acting as Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenan Thompson acting as Charles Barkley. Naturally, the talk strayed from basketball to golf cart racing and “Kazaam.”
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MICHAEL JORDAN Sept. 28, 1991 The greatest basketball
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MICHAEL JORDAN
Sept. 28, 1991
The greatest basketball player of all-time was coincidentally part of one of the greatest sketches of all-time: “Bill Swerski’s Superfans.” Jordan, a supporting actor in the skit, immediately cracked after walking on set.
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GEORGE STEINBRENNER Oct. 20, 1990 George Steinbrenner, a
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GEORGE STEINBRENNER
Oct. 20, 1990
George Steinbrenner, a polarizing MLB owner, tried to explain in his monologue why he was brought on to host SNL: for being a “beloved American.”
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CHRIS EVERT Nov. 11, 1989 Chris Evert's monologue
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CHRIS EVERT
Nov. 11, 1989
Chris Evert's monologue included a far-fetched comparison of tennis and SNL, though there were a few self-deprecating jokes that got the audience to laugh.
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WAYNE GRETZKY May 13, 1989 Gretzky doesn’t do
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WAYNE GRETZKY
May 13, 1989
Gretzky doesn’t do much other then shake his head in this sketch, but you get several SNL cast members impersonating celebrities, including Dana Carvey as John Travolta and Jon Lovitz as Sylvester Stallone.
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CARL WEATHERS, San Diego State Actor Carl Weathers
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CARL WEATHERS, San Diego State
Actor Carl Weathers is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" movies.

WALTER PAYTON Jan. 24, 1987 Although Payton didn't
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WALTER PAYTON
Jan. 24, 1987
Although Payton didn't host the show, he was a guest on Joe Montana's SNL. Payton's back and forth with Jon Lovitz was worth the brief appearance.
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JOE MONTANA Jan. 24, 1987 One of the
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JOE MONTANA
Jan. 24, 1987
One of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks, Montana delivered a hysterical line at the close of his “The Honest Man” skit.
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MARVIN HAGLER May 17, 1986 The former championship
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MARVIN HAGLER
May 17, 1986
The former championship boxer wasn’t the most enthusiastic guest, but was a good sport playing a natural role — himself.
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HULK HOGAN AND MR. T March 30, 1985
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HULK HOGAN AND MR. T
March 30, 1985
In true Wrestlemania fashion, Mr. T and Hulk Hogan, who hosted the show together, started out with a macho attitude in an SNL appearance. Both wound up breaking character, though, laughing at Billy Crystal as “Fernando.”
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HOWARD COSELL April 13, 1985 The voice of
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HOWARD COSELL
April 13, 1985
The voice of Monday Night Football hosted Saturday Night Live's season 10 finale. Cosell originally hosted “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell,” a competitor of Saturday Night Live’s, in 1975.
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ALEX KARRAS Feb. 2, 1985 Alex Karras, a
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ALEX KARRAS
Feb. 2, 1985
Alex Karras, a former NFL star who was often the center of controversy, poked fun at himself in his 1985 monologue.
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BOB UECKER Oct. 13, 1984 Mr. Baseball took
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BOB UECKER
Oct. 13, 1984
Mr. Baseball took to the stage in 1984 for Saturday Night Live.
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O.J. SIMPSON Feb. 25, 1978 While Simpson did
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O.J. SIMPSON
Feb. 25, 1978
While Simpson did host Saturday Night Live at the height of his stardom, most of the famous skits about Simpson don’t feature the former running back, but rather cast members impersonating him.

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