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10 Athletes Who Lived With Their Parents as Adults

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The next time someone gives you a hard time for living with your parents as an adult, you can point to these famous athletes who did the same thing for some period of time while they were playing or after they hung it up. Some athletes did it to save money, others weren’t sure about their future and a select few wanted to take care of their aging folks. Here’s a look back at 10 athletes who faced the difficult and uncomfortable prospect of living at home as adults and lived to tell the tale:

Lou Gehrig
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Baseball may have come easy for the New York Yankees great, but his social life left much to be desired. Gehrig was shy, particularly with the ladies. He lived with his parents until he was 30, staying away from the Roaring ’20s nightlife. Eventually, Gehrig did move out and get married.

Rafael Nadal
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The tennis star has amassed many fans, especially female ones, during his career, but you’d be surprised to learn that as of 2008, he still didn’t have his own place. He was living with his parents in Mallorca, Spain, while traveling around the world for tournaments.

Yao Ming
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Chinese children typically live at home with their parents, until they find a spouse and begin a new life together. When Yao Ming moved overseas to play with the Houston Rockets, he was able to turn the tables; he brought his parents along to live with him.

Brett Favre
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It’s hard to imagine now, but when Brett Favre first came onto the scene in the NFL in the early ’90s, he wasn’t such a sure thing. At the time, he was still living with his parents in Mississippi. It was awkward: “He and his dad wore the same kind of underwear: BVDs. He would often pick up the wrong ones at home before returning to Green Bay, then had to explain to his teammates why the word ‘Dad’ was written on them,” reported Bud Lea at

Joe Flacco
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Favre isn’t the only top NFL quarterback who stayed close to home. Joe Flacco won a Super Bowl, but he stayed at home with his parents into his 20s. Some say that’s a weakness. A bit of good news for Flacco: He and his wife are expecting their second child this year.

Damian Lillard
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It’s a foregone conclusion that Damian Lillard will be crowned this season’s NBA Rookie of the Year. He’s still 23, so it’s not so crazy that he lives with his mom. However, it’s her strong presence in his life that’s surprising. Lillard’s agent suggested that Lillard’s mother move in with him to ease the transition to the NBA. The move has obviously paid off for Lillard, though not all NBA rookies are as fortunate.

Bob Hayes
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When Olympic gold medalist and Dallas Cowboys’ receiver Bob Hayes died in 2002, it was revealed that the former star athlete had moved back to Florida to live with his parents while he battled drug and alcohol addiction. Often in and out of rehab, Hayes only found the support to fight the disease at home.

Chris McAlister
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How did things go so wrong for the former Baltimore Ravens’ cornerback? Simply, he ran out of money. By 2011, after two years out of football, he moved back in with his folks so they could help raise his child, and he couldn’t afford to pay all of his expenses on top of what he owed his ex-wife.

Ricky Romero
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The Toronto Blue Jays’ young hurler has taken the league by storm, but he’s still a down-to-earth homebody who, as of 2012, spends his offseasons living with his parents. Romero wanted to be closer to his family, so he moved them all out to be with him. Maybe it’s the familiar routine that keeps Romero fresh. Whatever the secret formula is, Jays’ fans are pleased.

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Brandon Saad is 20 years old, and he’s playing for the NHL’s best team, the Blackhawks. What more can Saad dream of? His own home someday, for one. For now, he is lovingly called “Man-Child” by his teammates.


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