Battle of the Birdmen

By Paul Knepper

Denver Nuggets forward Chris Andersen and former WWE wrestler  Koko B. Ware are two of the most colorful athletes in their sports and both are affectionately referred to as “The Birdman.” Which of these professional athletes is most fly? Below is a head-to-head comparison.


Athletic Success

B. Ware’s popularity exceeded his success in the squared circle, though he received the ultimate honor for his athletic achievements when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

With his long wingspan and great leaping ability Chris Andersen is one of the best shot blockers in the NBA and a key component of a Nuggets team that won over 50 games in each of the previous two seasons.


Koko always looked stylish entering the ring in bright baggy pants and sunglasses, though it was his yellow macaw Frankie who turned the ladies’ heads.

Confined by the NBA’s strict uniform codes, Andersen expresses himself through a dazzling array of tattoos across his arms, upper torso and neck, and an early 80’s punk-rock mohawk.

Claim to the Name

Koko used to flap his arms as he the entered the ring with Frankie on his shoulder to the tune of Morris Day and The Time’s “The Bird.”

Before soaring at the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest Andersen announced, “It’s time for the birdman to fly.” He has wing tattoos on his biceps and celebrates emphatic dunks by flapping his hands in a flying motion.


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