Heavy D's passing inspires list of big-time athletes

Wed, Nov 9

You remember the Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat" scene in the 1980s cult classic "Krush Groove," right? Of course you do. That was their shtick. They were three Chris Farleys, except they were from Brooklyn, rocked adidas sweatsuits and could rap and beat box. But in a lot of ways they were a joke that they were in on. Typical fat dude stuff.

Then, in 1987, Heavy D and The Boyz dropped "Living Large," featuring "The Overweight Lover's In The House" as probably its most memorable single and video. Here was this big dude spitting imagery about sitting with his "smoking jacket on" and seducing a woman by the fireplace one verse, and "rolling around in the sand" and showing her "Heavy D's game plan" in another. That was new terrain, folks. Not to mention he's in the video hopping around the stage like a 300-pound Bobby Brown.

Before Biggie and Rick Ross there was Heavy D. But Heavy was different. He'd try to play hard every once in a while, but we all knew the deal. Hev was the pretty-boy fat dude that made a lot of songs for and about the ladies and -- unlike Big and Rozay -- was dancing and smiling all the time … like, all the time. In his videos? Dancing and smiling. Guest spot on "A Different World"? Dancing and smiling.

Heavy D died Tuesday. It was a sad day for '80s hip hop fans. It was surprise, too, since just last month Heavy D appeared on the BET Hip Hop Awards, kicking off his comeback with a performance where, of course, he was dancing a lot. Looking back, seems like he did more dancing than rapping. And he could move. He was the nimblest, most agile big dude in music history.

In honor of the light-footed, always-happy, XXXL, ladies' man rapper -- who also appeared in the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan "Jam" video, after a good three minutes of pop star MJ crawling between basketball MJ's legs trying to steal the ball -- we shoutout 10 athletes that embodied the Heavster in some salient way.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis: This dude is always dancing. At his crib, after "and-ones," even at the free-throw line. He can ball, too. Impeccable footwork.

John Daly: Before Long John lost all that weight, he was a beer belly lout. He lacked Heavy's charm. But he did make a foray into music. He got Hootie and Willie Nelson and some others to appear on his album "My Life." He sang background vocals on Kid Rock's "Half Your Age." One thing's for sure, though -- he was no Heavy D … especially not, "Heavy in full bore Casanova Mode."

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