Sports fans aren't the only ones who cling to certain game-day superstitions. Several athletes, past and present, also have their offbeat habits and rituals. Five examples:

  • Wade Boggs: The 12-time major-league all-star followed a strict pregame routine in which he always ate chicken, cooked in a multitude of ways. So compulsive was he that Boggs became known as the "Chicken Man."

  • Serena Williams: The tennis star follows a quirky routine that includes tying her shoelaces a specific way and bouncing the ball five times before a first serve (and twice before the second). She will also often wear the same socks during a tournament run.

    As a member of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, Aubrey Huff sought to bring good juju to his team by wearing his infamous "Rally Thong" late in the
    As a member of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, Aubrey Huff sought to bring good juju to his team by wearing his infamous "Rally Thong" late in the season. (Josie Lepe/Staff Archives)

  • Michael Jordan: For good luck, the NBA legend always wore his old University of North Carolina shorts under his regular Chicago Bulls uniform shorts. Jordan led UNC to the 1982 NCAA championship and the Bulls to six NBA titles.

  • Aubrey Huff: As a member of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, Huff sought to bring good juju to his team by wearing his infamous "Rally Thong" late in the season. The Giants went on to win the World Series.

  • Brian Urlacher: The Chicago Bears' standout linebacker reportedly has a tasty little pregame ritual. Before taking the field, he eats two chocolate-chip cookies -- no more or less.


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