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11 athletes most name-dropped by Jay Z

Lil Wayne was right when he said “Athletes want to be rappers, rappers want to be athletes.”

From Shaquille O’Neal to Iman Shumpert, dozens of athletes have tried their hand at the rap game (albeit with little success). Similarly, Master P and Nelly both achieved moderate success as athletes while others found different ways to live out their sports dreams.

Jay Z, for example, is a former part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and now owns Roc Nation Sports, an agency that represents big-time athletes such as Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano and Dez Bryant.

Recently, ESPN compiled a list of every athlete ever name-dropped in a Jay Z studio album. Here are the 11 players mentioned more than once.