Sports Tribute to Whitney Houston

From national anthems to friendships with athletes, the legendary pop icon had her fair share of influence on sports.

Whitney Houston lip syncs the national anthem before Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991 in Tampa. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston lip syncs the national anthem before Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991 in Tampa. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Singer Whitney Houston lip syncs the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXV January 27, 1991 in Tampa. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills before 73,813 fans at Tampa Stadium. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Singer Whitney Houston lip syncs the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXV January 27, 1991 in Tampa. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills before 73,813 fans at Tampa Stadium. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Singer Whitney Houston sings the National Anthem before the New York Giants took on the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991 in Tampa, Florida. The Giants defeated the Bills 20-19. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Singer Whitney Houston sings the National Anthem before the New York Giants took on the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991 in Tampa, Florida. The Giants defeated the Bills 20-19. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
Georgia Olympians, right, celebrate, Thursday, Sept. 18, 1992 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the arrival of the Olympic flag to Atlanta. President Bush, first lady Barbara Bush and entertainer Whitney Houston join in the activity. Atlanta will host the 1996 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Georgia Olympians, right, celebrate, Thursday, Sept. 18, 1992 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the arrival of the Olympic flag to Atlanta. President Bush, first lady Barbara Bush and entertainer Whitney Houston join in the activity. Atlanta will host the 1996 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Pop singer Whitney Houston performs during closing ceremonies at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena July 17, 1994 prior to the World Cup final match between Brazil and Italy. Italy and Brazil last played in a World Cup final in 1970, with Pele leading the Brazilians to a 4-1 victory. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Pop singer Whitney Houston performs during closing ceremonies at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena July 17, 1994 prior to the World Cup final match between Brazil and Italy. Italy and Brazil last played in a World Cup final in 1970, with Pele leading the Brazilians to a 4-1 victory. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Pop singer Whitney Houston, framed by giant soccer balls, performs during closing ceremonies at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena July 17, 1994 prior to the World Cup final match between Brazil and Italy. Italy and Brazil last played in a World Cup final in 1970, with Pele leading the Brazilians to a 4-1 victory. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Pop singer Whitney Houston, framed by giant soccer balls, performs during closing ceremonies at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena July 17, 1994 prior to the World Cup final match between Brazil and Italy. Italy and Brazil last played in a World Cup final in 1970, with Pele leading the Brazilians to a 4-1 victory. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
17 JUL 1994 : WHITNEY HOUSTON SINGS DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WORLD CUP BEFORE THE ITALY V BRAZIL 1994 WORLD CUP FINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM IN PASADENA CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
17 JUL 1994 : WHITNEY HOUSTON SINGS DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WORLD CUP BEFORE THE ITALY V BRAZIL 1994 WORLD CUP FINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM IN PASADENA CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT
Singer Whitney Houston performs during a tribute to Arthur Ashe at the formal dedication of the new Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open in New York, August 25. The tribute included over 40 past champions of the U.S. Open.
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Singer Whitney Houston performs during a tribute to Arthur Ashe at the formal dedication of the new Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open in New York, August 25. The tribute included over 40 past champions of the U.S. Open.
Magic Johnson and Whitney Houston dance during the taping of Magic Johnson's premier of his new television show, The Magic Hour, June 8 in Los Angeles. The Show will be aired on the Fox Television Network.
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Magic Johnson and Whitney Houston dance during the taping of Magic Johnson's premier of his new television show, The Magic Hour, June 8 in Los Angeles. The Show will be aired on the Fox Television Network.
Former boxing great Muhammad Ali is given the Courage Award by singer Whitney Houston at the GQ Men of the Year awards show October 21 in New York. Ali was among a group of 16 men of distinction selected by the readers of GQ magazine.
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Former boxing great Muhammad Ali is given the Courage Award by singer Whitney Houston at the GQ Men of the Year awards show October 21 in New York. Ali was among a group of 16 men of distinction selected by the readers of GQ magazine.
NEW YORK - JULY 14: Singer Whitney Houston performs the national anthem at the 1999 WNBA All-Star Game played July 14, 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
NEW YORK - JULY 14: Singer Whitney Houston performs the national anthem at the 1999 WNBA All-Star Game played July 14, 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)
Whitney Houston sings "God Bless America" at Radio City Music Hall in New York before the start of a light heavyweight bout between Roy Jones Jr and David Telesco Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000. Jones won by unanimous decision after 12-rounds. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston sings "God Bless America" at Radio City Music Hall in New York before the start of a light heavyweight bout between Roy Jones Jr and David Telesco Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000. Jones won by unanimous decision after 12-rounds. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
American pop singer Whitney Houston sings during a concert in the Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sunday, July 25, 2004. The concert, part of Houston's China tour, drew more than 20,000 audience. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Jianhua)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
American pop singer Whitney Houston sings during a concert in the Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sunday, July 25, 2004. The concert, part of Houston's China tour, drew more than 20,000 audience. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Jianhua)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 19: Singers Ray-J and Whitney Houston attends the Hopkins vs. Calzaghe "Battle of The Planet" in The PH Ring at The Thomas & Mack Center on April 19, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Sports tribute to Whitney Houston
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 19: Singers Ray-J and Whitney Houston attends the Hopkins vs. Calzaghe "Battle of The Planet" in The PH Ring at The Thomas & Mack Center on April 19, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

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