LMFAO's Redfoo Wants to Be a Pro Tennis Player -- Other Celebs with Sports Talent

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LMFAO's Redfoo Wants to Be a Pro Tennis Player -- Other Celebs with Sports Talent

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LMFAO rapper Redfoo is trading party rockin' in the club for a tennis racket and a clay court.

The 37-year-old musician - real name Stefan Gordy - just entered the USTA Northern California Sectional qualifying tournament scheduled for June 18- 23 in Salinas, Calif. in hopes of making it into the U.S. Open national playoffs.

He's partnering with 17-year-old Ayaka Okuno for the tournament, according to the New York Daily News.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play professional tennis," Redfoo told reporters.

Who would've thought? Certainly not us. Then again, there are quite a few celebrities who have athletic talent - some we know about, some we don't.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Dwayne Johnson is better known these days for his roles in action movies like "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," but the muscular actor got his start as a football player for the University of Miami. He later played in the Canadian Football League before following his father into professional wrestling.

That's where fans came to know him as The Rock. He quietly left the WWE in 2004, but made his return in 2011.

"Growing up in the wrestling business, I have a love for entertaining the fans in that way," he told Entertainment Weekly of his return to the squared circle. "It's a very visceral, intense, emotional, entertaining outlet for me. To be able to perform in front of 75,000 people… It's always inspired me."

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is known for his brainy satire on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," but the 50-year-old comedian played three years of collegiate soccer at Virginia's William & Mary. During his career, Stewart scored 10 goals and 12 assists.

Jamie Foxx

Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx is a triple threat: He acts, sings… and plays football. The actor played football during his high school days in Terrell, Texas.

As quarterback, he passed for over 1,000 yards during his high school career, but he wasn't good enough to play in college.

"I weighed about 152 pounds! I remember going to a school just to visit and this dude walked by me with calf muscles. We didn't have any calf muscles in our school!" he joked to ESPN about his shortcomings as a football player.

Ed O'Neill

"Modern Family" star Ed O'Neill's acting career never would have started if it wasn't for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The actor was recruited for the NFL team back in 1969, but he was eventually cut from the training squad.

It was devastating for the 23-year-old athlete.

"I was adrift for a while. I worked as a substitute teacher; I sold cars," he told The Hollywood Reporter of being cut from the Steelers. "Then I saw an ad in the paper for 'The Rainmaker' at the local playhouse. I had done some acting in high school. I was terrible. Eventually, I got better and started playing lead roles."

And the rest, of course, is history.

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