Five athletes you didn't know are musicians

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Ever wonder what professional athletes do when they’re not on the court, ice or field?

Some enjoy other sports, while others are more artistically inclined. Here are five pro athletes (retired or current) who you didn’t know double asmusicians.

Henrik Lundqvist

Other than back-stopping the NewYorkRangers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, goalie HenrikLundqvist is also a very talented guitarist.

And he even has his own band with Tennis legend JohnMcEnroe called “The Noise Upstairs.” Here’s an interview by Whistle Sports about Lundqvist’s hobbies outside of hockey.

The 34-year-old previously played in a Swedish rock band called Box Play – but his most famous moment came in 2013 when he jumped on stage on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to rip the intro to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” with The Roots.

You can also watch Jimmy Fallon shoot pies at Lundqvist in this video during Lundqvist’s second appearance on the show.

The Swedish netminder has also appeared on Live with Kelly, and is known as one of the “best dressed” athletes in the world.

Clearly, Lundqvist is a busy man whether or not he’s on the ice.

Manny Pacquiao

MannyPacquiao can do a lot of things. He's a world-class boxer, actor, congressman, and singer?

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Besides his pronunciation of certain words, the greatest thing about this cover is that Paquiao is actually not a bad singer at all. You be the judge.

Paquiao's biggest muscial feat, though, is when he got the chance to croon with actor WillFarrell in 2011. The two appeared on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! 255Imagine

Paquiao was the clear winner here.

Bernie Williams

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Former NewYorkYankees center fielder BernieWilliams was an integral part of his team's championships in the late '90s.

After retiring in 2006, Williams focused on his hobbies outside of music, most notably his music career. Williams is a skilled guitar player, and has since been trying his hand at a career in smooth jazz.

According to a profile done by Bob Klapisch of The Record, Williams was trained in classic guitar while growing up in PuertoRico, and continued his studies in classical music at SUNY Purchase College in Westchester, New York after retirement.

One of his best moments came when he performed a guitar version of the #American348Take me out to the ball game349

Shaquille O'Neal

I don't know if it's fair to call Shaquille O'Neal a musician.

If you ask any basketball fan, the four-timeNBA champion is more of a comedian -- though he did release a few hip-hop albums at the prime of his career in the early '90s.

Out of his four releases, only Shaq Diesel is certified as platinum in the UnitedStates.

If you listen to I'm Outstanding from a few feet away with the volume low on your computer, you might think you're listening to the Notorious B.I.G.

Perhaps the similar sound is a product of a time when Shaq actually collaborated with the hip-hop legend sometime in the early-to-mid '90s.

Talking about their relationship, Sean Combs -- also known as P. Diddy, said that Biggie 'respected Shaq's musical ability.'

Aside from having one of the most colourful personalities in professional sports, Shaq's musical accomplishments are impressive.

Nick Swisher

NickSwisher is not only a veteran right fielder for the Yankees, but he's also got the ability to charm the ladies with some smooth acoustics.

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