Famous Cigar Smoking Athletes

An athlete getting ready for a race

Cigars are an indulgence, much like a fine wine or an aged whiskey. They are meant to be savoured and enjoyed – used to celebrate a win or consolidate a defeat.

So, it shouldn’t come as a shock to us that some of our favourite athletes have even been known to indulge in a premium cigar once in a while.

We’ve decided to take a look at some of our favourite athletes who share the same penchant for fine cigars as we do.

Michael Jordan and Cigars

It’s no secret that Michael Jordan loves cigars and he’s even been on the cover of Cigar Aficionado twice during his career.

The once professional basketball player even admitted in an interview with Marvin Shanken (editor-in-chief of Cigar Aficionado) that he’s even lit up a cigar before a game. His cigar of choice was usually a Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona, and Jordan said that smoking pre-game would allow him to relax and be ready to play.

LeBron James and Cigars

American basketball player, LeBron James, is often considered to be one of the best players in the game’s history. But, did you also know that he has a penchant for cigars?

With four championship rings and four Finals MVP awards under his belt, Lebron James has plenty of reason to celebrate, and he chooses to do so in style.

Babe Ruth and Cigars

Babe Ruth is perhaps America’s most celebrated athlete to date. With 22-seasons, and over 700 home runs between 1919 and 1935 he’s a true baseball legend!

He was also known to live a rich, luxurious lifestyle that included smoking four to five cigars in a single evening. He even had a cigar named after him and he endorsed White Owl cigars, although they didn’t exactly match up to his preference.

Check out our article on cigar smoking icon, Babe Ruth

Wayne Gretzky and Cigars

Former professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretsky set the standard for the sport with his fantastic 20-year career.

Now retired, he can often be found playing golf with the greats and enjoying a cigar. Having gotten into cigars during his championship days, Gretsky is said to prefer milder smokes with a more slender ring from brands such as Ashton and Macanudo.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cigars

Body-builder, actor, producer, businessman, politician; these are just some of the words that have been used to describe the icon that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. But there’s one more to add to that list – cigar aficionado.

Not only does he smoke between one and two cigars a day, Schwarzenegger has also been said to have Cohiba cigars flown out to him while filming! His love of cigars even makes it into his movies, with him smoking a stogie in films like Predator (1987).

We can’t fault this icon’s taste either, as he is said to smoke a Punch Punch cigar after dinner.

If you want to smoke like one of the greats, why not browse our range of Cuban Cigars available now in our store?

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