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Gallery: 2012 and early 2013 athlete halloween; creativity through the roof

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This is 100 percent inspired by Christian Ponder, probably the only bit of inspiration Ponder has provided any Minnesotans since taking over at quarterback in 2011, and Sam Ponder's halloween dual Sandlot costumes.

In case you missed them:

Not bad, right on the mark unlike most of his passes.

Others that we particularly enjoyed from the early 2013 collection include Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen as the cowardly lion and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.


Not so adorable is his coach Bill Belichek, who was a pirate.

Hmm, (slightly uncomfortable).

US Womens Soccer star Alex Morgan was Miley Cyrus, while teammate Sydney Leroux played the part of Robin Thicke from the VMAs.

Oklahoma City center Serge Ibaka was Prince Akeem from the 1988 movie Coming to America.

Paralympic skiier Josh Sundquist has an incredible sense of humor, going as a flamingo this year.

His costume in 2010?

Philadelphia 76ers big man Lavoy Allen claims to have been "switched at birth" with Justin Bieber.

Those are the early returns, we've still got two days until halloween, and there are sure to be more like this coming. Here's what Minnesota did with Halloween last year.

Adrian Peterson was The Hulk.

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison was Gene Simmons.

And most fantastically, Goldy was Bane from Batman.

We're sure there's more to come, we'll check back around the end of the week to show you how absurd its gotten.

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