The Top 5 Strangest Things That Athletes Have Signed

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Raul Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners signs something quite ordinary. He did not make this list  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners signs something quite ordinary. He did not make this list (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

If you’re an athlete in any way whatsoever, you’ve probably signed at least one autograph. For the most part, fans ask you to stick your name on the usual places, like their autograph book, an 8×10 of you or an unauthorized biography some random nobody wrote based entirely on your Wikipedia entry.

Some fans, however, get creative with what they want their favorite jock to sign. Some cases, we can’t discuss here because children and lawyers might be reading. But others are perfectly safe for work, and just plain strange. Such as…

5. Jonathan Quick Autographed a Grilled Cheese

While eating a grilled cheese sandwich, you typically have one of two thoughts: “Yum, this grilled cheese looks delicious,” or “Why the hell didn’t I order a real sandwich instead?” Very rarely do you think, “You know what would go great with this snack? Sharpie.”

That’s what one fan thought though, when he asked Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to sign his grilled cheese. Now, this wasn’t some pre-packaged sandwich with a plastic wrapper for Quick to sign. If it were, it’d be such a non-story that our keyboard would actively refuse to recognize our typing of the words. And if we tried speech recognition software, it would crash itself and never turn on again.
Nope, this fan was actually in the middle of eating, saw Quick and asked him to sign the twice-bitten sandwich. Also, this guy was apparently a messy eater, because Quick distinctly remembers saliva covering the area where the man had been chewing. We’re guessing Quick set a world record for scribbling the fastest signature in autographing history.

4. The Entire Liverpool FC Team Signed a Superfan’s Car

Getting your vehicle autographed might be the silliest thing imaginable, especially if it’s even semi-regularly on the road. Even if you rarely drive the thing, and just keep it in the garage like a trophy on wheels, that prized signature goes bye-bye the second your car needs washing.

Soccer superfan Erik Anderson, however, was willing to take that risk, dozens of times over. In August of 2013, he drove his 16-year-old Ford Mercury, which he had spent years decorating in Liverpool FC regalia, up to the team’s hotel. There, he managed to get every member of the team to sign his car. That’s a lot of work, time and dedication for something that could be destroyed within seconds by a particularly large mud puddle.

Continue reading the list here at Tailgate Fan.

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