4 of the greatest sport stars turned movie stars

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By: Dave Taylor | Frenchie Aguilh Posted: 6:03 PM, May 30, 2017

Police Academy, Space Jam, The Hangover. Yeah, we loved these movies because they were hilarious; but we also loved them because they featured some of our favorite sports stars. We love seeing our favorite players tackle well-written jokes and knock monologues out of the park, which is why we are more than excited about David Ortiz, affectionately known as Big Papi, coming out of retirement to become an actor…:

Okay, so maybe Big Papi isn't actually acting and these clips are just a hilarious video made by Ortiz and fundraising platform Omaze, but we can still dream, can't we? Literally, we'd watch any movie where all the characters are performed by Big Papi. What a treasure. And you can earn a little treasure of your own by donating to Big Papi's fundraising campaign for his nonprofit, the David Ortiz Children's Fund.

Donating will enter you into contests for different prizes and if you win the ultimate grand prize, you'll get to meet the legend himself at his retirement ceremony and watch a Red Sox game from the dugout! Plus all donations will benefit the nonprofit which helps kids in New England and the Dominican Republic get access to pediatric services they need. Talk about a win-win.

Enter to win at Big Papi's Omaze campaign site; and afterwards, treat yourself to some of our favorite sports star acting moments, featuring a basketball star flying planes, a football coach taking on soccer, and a basketball star granting wishes.

1. Shaq in Kazaam

In the '90s, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most recognizable basketball players in the NBA. And in 1996, he donned his genie hat and became Kazaam, the flow-having, rap-slaying genie who befriends a kid, to hilarious results.

2. Mike Ditka in Kicking and Screaming

It might be hard to keep up with Mike Ditka's football accomplishments but it's also hard to keep up with his funny during his artful appearance in Kicking & Screaming.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane!

Sometimes when you're a ball player, you just want to enjoy the simpler things in life, like flying a plane. At least that's what NBA great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did when he appeared in the hilarious comedy, Airplane!.

4. Michael Jordan in Space Jam

You knew it was coming. It's impossible to talk about epic sports stars in films without bringing up the great Space Jam. Mr. Jordan, any time you want to come out of retirement to make more movies, we'll be ready to stand in line.

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