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The All-Recycled superstars

Originally Published: April 22, 2011
By Kaitee Daley and Mike Ehrlich | Page 2

Earth DayESPN.com IllustrationVinny Testaverde, Billy Martin and Moses Malone sure made the rounds.

If you didn't plant a tree or pedal your bike to work during Earth Week, fear not. You can minimize your carbon footprint by reading through Page 2's list of the most-recycled things in the universe -- and NOT printing it. Environment, consider yourself considered.

Vinny Testaverde

If every job has its benefits, one of the perks of being a journeyman quarterback must be networking opportunities. In his 21-year career, during which he played for seven different teams, Testaverde threw touchdown passes to an NFL-record 70 players. And that's not even counting the passes he threw to guys wearing the other team's jersey.

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TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty ImagesAre we still talking about the talking about of practice?

Allen Iverson's "practice" press conference

When your aunt and that guy at work that watches three games a year make "Practice?!" references, you know it's played out. Perhaps, like AI's game, it's time to translate this to Turkish and let it disappear into obscurity.

"He has the intangibles"

If intangibles are traits incapable of being realized, how is it that so many coaches and analysts realize them over and over and over again?

Matthew McConaughey in romantic comedies

Enough already with the shirtless scenes and Southern charm. "How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days" wasn't that bad until he played the same character in the next five movies.

Chucky Brown

During his 13-year professional career, Brown was involved in more transactions than Paris Hilton's credit card. He was drafted by the Cavaliers in 1989 and went on to play for 12 NBA teams with a stint on two CBA rosters in between. But all that locker-changing paid off in the 1994-95 season, in which he teamed up with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler for the NBA title.

The hi-top fade

You can't picture Patrick Ewing in a Knicks uni without that classic late-'80s fade. Or remember Scottie Pippen, for that matter. And just when you thought that look could only be revived on ESPN Classic, reruns of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" or Kid 'n Play videos, enter Brandon Jennings. The Bucks guard has been known to recycle the style of his basketball predecessors, rocking a stellar hi-top fade last season.

Jim Mora's "playoffs" press conference

See Allen Iverson's "practice" press conference

Billy Martin

Martin was always known as an unconventional thinker -- he had a reputation for burning out young pitchers, kicking dust on umpires and literally drawing a lineup out of a hat when the team was struggling. Though entertaining, his eccentrics often got him fired. But Martin was a brilliant strategist and intensely competitive -- traits that got him rehired again and again.

Martin managed five clubs, but was recycled to manage the Yankees five separate times.

Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Jack Black, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis

They're all challenging McConaughey for the Most-Recycled Role In A Movie Award, but some of them can get away with it for a little while longer. Like, if his last name rhymes with yawn or sterile.

Moses Malone

Journeymen are typically known as middle-of-the-pack players, guys that can be added to a roster without ultimately reshaping it. But how about a Hall of Famer with three MVP trophies, five straight rebounding titles, the seven-spot on the all-time scoring list and a championship ring? By the time Malone retired after a record 21 seasons in the NBA and ABA, he had switched jerseys 10 times. And if the frequent moves upset him, he didn't take it out on opponents -- in 1,212 games, Malone never once fouled out.

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesMatt Stairs knows his way around the continental U.S. and some sections of Canada.

Matt Stairs

When 43-year-old Stairs walked in a pinch-hitting appearance for the Nationals on April 3 of this year, he set an MLB record by lacing 'em up for a 13th city. (Technically it's just his 12th franchise, since he broke into the majors in 1992 with the Montreal Expos, who are now the Nationals.) So just how well-traveled is the slugger? Added up, the distance between the cities in which Stairs has played, in order, equates to nearly 15,000 miles. For reference, the Earth's circumference at the equator is just a little more than 1.5 Stairs' careers.

"Nobody believed in us"

VCU: You get a pass.

Almost every other team that plays this card: People outside your locker room probably believed in you. We're not buying it.

Metal at Roush Fenway Racing

According to their website, they recycle 96 percent of every race car. Kudos. And just think, If you recycled 96 percent of all the cans from beers consumed during races, you'd have enough money to buy the Daytona International Speedway janitors their own race cars.

Lady Gaga

You can give us your best poker face, but everyone knows "Born This Way" is just the 2011 version of Madonna's "Express Yourself." The weird clothes. The sexuality. The confident pop hits. I guess if you're going to recycle anyone's career, the Material Girl isn't a bad person to start with.

Mike Sillinger

Sillinger's 17-year NHL career travels look a lot like a Southwest Airlines flight map. Despite playing for a record 12 teams and switching squads eight times in the middle of a season, Sillinger maintained his reputation as a solid two-way player and valuable penalty killer. He now works in player development for the Edmonton Oilers, recycling his knowledge of the game and the best restaurants to dine at across the country.

Brett Favre's career

Maybe football fans shouldn't be so depressed about the lockout. At least Brett Favre can't un-retire, re-retire and un-retire again when no job actually exists.

Bjorn Borg

Borg was so environmentally conscious that he reused his old wooden rackets when he came out of retirement in 1991, 11 years after originally hanging 'em up. Of course, the young kids with their newfangled carbon fiber composites and titanium alloys sent Borg packing. But he gets props nonetheless for his spirit of conservation.

Isiah Thomas and the Knicks

Isiah and the Knicks have had a long, strange odyssey. He's been president of basketball operations. He's been the head coach. For a while, he had no official title but still reported to Donnie Walsh. He's been banned from having any contact with players. He's accepted a consulting job, only to have to decline it because of NBA conflict-of-interest rules. He wouldn't comment on if he was secretly pulling the strings for the Carmelo Anthony deal. So how do we know for sure if Isiah is still running the Knicks? We'd suggest keeping an eye on Chris Paul's incoming calls.

Movies where people swap bodies

"The Hot Chick," "Scooby-Doo," "The Skeleton Key," "13 Going On 30," "17 Again," "18 Again," three "Freaky Fridays," "Vice Versa," "Big," "Down To Earth" and (coming soon) "The Change-Up" ... OK, we get it.

Plaid

This cross-checked print is constantly being recycled through the silos of style. From '90s grunge rockers and Catholic school girls to lumberjacks and Kanye West -- it just keeps coming back.

Larry Brown

Brown is the only coach in history to boast an NCAA Championship (Kansas, 1988) and NBA title (Detroit, 2004). But he really wasn't much for sticking with one team. After starting out with the ABA's Carolina Cougars in 1972, Brown went on to coach 11 different teams with two stints in college and A LOT of NBA rosters.

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Kaitee Daley is an editor for ESPN.com and can be reached at @daleysports.

Mike Ehrlich is a digital media associate for ESPN.com

Patrick Hruby and Dave Wilson contributed to this report.

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Kaitee Daley is a writer/producer for ESPN Social Media, and contributor to espnW. She joined ESPN in 2009 after graduating from Bowdoin College, where she played softball, basketball, and worked for the sports information department.