A look at the funniest and most unusual names in sports as well as players who share names with notable people in the history of sports and the world. There’s more to come at a later date.
Most known for playing: Defensive Tackle for the Denver Broncos
What Stands Out: Named after the founding father and the beer, I think…well, eh, I don’t know.
Most known for playing: Linebacker for the Chicago Bears
What stands out? If I need to explain it you’re either are too young or you’ve never had any social interaction.
Most known for playing: Running back for the Carolina Panthers in the late 90’s.
What stands out? Lots of syllables for one of the original African sports imports.
Most known for playing: Outfielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.
What Stands Out: With him around, you’ll never have a “bored” game.
Most known for playing: Led the Houston Comets WNBA basketball team to four championships in the late 20th Century.
What Stands Out: Considering the stereotypes of many females athletes, the new addition to her name following her marriage is just asking for easy jokes.
Most known for playing: He’s a Major League Baseball outfield for the Oakland A’s.
What Stands Out: He’s lucky his parents surname wasn’t “Puffs” or that his first name wasn’t “Cookie.”
Lloyd “World” B. Free
Most known for playing: Played in the NBA from 1975-88.
What Stands Out: We all want world peace, don’t we?
Notes: Was given nickname in reference to his dunking ability.
Most known for playing: A Major League Baseball Reliever in the late 90’s, early 2000’s.
What Stands Out: Heeeheee! If only he could live up to Michael’s legacy as a baseball player, though who can?
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Most known for playing: Played basketball for the Lakers from 1979-92, 1996
What Stands out: Think about his last name vulgarly and then add in his nickname.
Most known for playing: American sprinter who ran the 200 meter dash in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
What Stands Out: The truth that was self evident was that he was one of the world’s best, winning a bronze medal in the race.
Most Known for playing: Played in the NBA from 1993-2005
What stands out: He lacked the “magical” flair of another Ervin Johnson.
Most known for playing: A professional “football” goalie in England (Farborough FC).
What Stands out: Give it up for Air Goalie!
Most known for playing: Current soccer player for Cambridge City F.C. In England.
What Stands Out: Another Kennedy? Get the “F” out of here.
Most known for playing: Australian Rules Football in the 50’s and 60’s.
What Stands Out: He didn’t need a clown suit to make a mark on the world.
Most known for playing: A once promising NBA prospect who played at the University of Virginia at the turn of the 21st century.
What Stands Out: Unfortunately, no surgeon was able to map out how to fix his knee to perfection, ending his chance at the NBA.
Most known for playing: 7th year QB of the Pittsburgh Steelers, legal issues not withstanding.
What Stands Out: Does the Roethlisberger come with fries. [rimshot, laughter]
Most known for playing: Played basketball at Providence College in the late 90’s.
What Stands Out: Although somewhat living up to his name in college, he proved to be mortal and only played 1 NBA season.
Jesus Shuttlesworth (Fictional)
Most known for playing: Basketball: Ray Allen’s character from “He Got Game.”
What Stands Out: It almost sounds like an incomplete sentence: “Jesus’ shuttle is worth…”
Most known for playing: A defensive lineman for the Saints
What Stands Out: Bow down to the Fresh Prince of New Orleans. He must feel like royalty now the Saints were coronated with their first Super Bowl crown in January.
Sloan Vernon “George” Washington
Most known for playing: Baseball; a Chicago White Sox SS from 1935-36
What Stands Out: Perhaps he only added the nickname to cement a place in history as a random guy named after a president.