“Then Vs. Now” Photos Of Famous Athletes


Still not as embarrassing as yearbook photos.


Here’s a look at quarterback Russell Wilson at the 2012 NFL Combine.

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Fast-forward to now, Super Bowl Champion Wilson is QB1 for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Baseball player Mike Trout drafted 25th overall in the 2009 MLB Draft.

And here’s a photo of 3-time MVP Mike Trout now.

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Two-time Women’s College Basketball National Champion Sue Bird in 2002.

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Now, she’s a 4-time WNBA champion for the Seattle Storm.

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A debuting Megan Rapinoe for the USWST in 2006.

And here is two-time Women’s World Cup champ Megan Rapinoe in 2021.

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At the 2014 NFL combine, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. turned a lot of heads.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is now with the Cleveland Browns and has 6,830 yards in just seven seasons (two of which he was injured)

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Here’s a quarterback named Tom Brady at the 2000 NFL combine.

Here is a seven-time Super Bowl Champion and starter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Young Washington Capitals player Alex Ovechkin in 2005.

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Stanley Cup champ and three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin now.

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University of Texas basketball forward Kevin Durant on Draft Day in 2007.

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Two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets.

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A short-bearded James Harden at Arizona State in 2009.

Wild-bearded James Harden with the Brooklyn Nets now.


Young Cristiano Ronaldo in the beginning of his career.

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Three-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo with Juventus in 2021.

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One of the highest-rated draft prospects in history LeBron James in 2003.

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Defending champion LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021.

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Hyped prospect Bryce Harper’s 2012 rookie photo in his Washington Nationals uniform.

Right-fielding NL MVP Bryce Harper Now.

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Mookie Betts’ 2011 rookie photo with the Boston Red Sox.

Two-time World Series champ Mookie Betts with the L.A. Dodgers in 2021.

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NBA draft prospect Blake Griffin in 2009.

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Six-time All-Star Blake Griffin with the Brooklyn Nets this year.

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Potential tennis star Venus Williams at 14-years-old.

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Tennis star Venus Williams now, but with seven majors under her belt.

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Rookie running back Frank Gore with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

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Ageless Frank Gore still running hard during the 2020 season.

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Young tennis player Novak Djokovic in 2005.

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18-time major champion Novak Djokovic now.

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Projected first-overall pick, quarterback Matthew Stafford at 2009 NFL Combine.

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Matthew Stafford in his final season with the Detroit Lions in 2020.

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Butler basketball star Gordon Hayward in 2010.

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Charlotte Hornets Gordon Hayward Now.

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