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40 Greatest Christmas-Related Names in Sports


Have you ever wondered which athlete or sports figure is tailor-made for the Christmas season? Well, we’ve made our list and checked it twice, although we’re still working on the naughty or nice part.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Dionte Christmas (former NBA guard, now plays overseas)
Rakeem Christmas (F, Syracuse basketball)
Matt Holliday (OF, St. Louis Cardinals)
Doug Jolley (former NFL tight end 2002-06)
Nerlens Noel (C, Philadelphia 76ers)

Plenty of sports figures have color-coordinated names for the season…

A.J. Green (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

Shawn Green (former MLB OF/1B 1993-2007)

"Mean Joe" Greene (NFL Hall of Famer)

Red Auerbach (legendary NBA coach)

Red Grange (NFL Hall of Famer)

Michael Redd (former NBA guard 2000-12)

Who’s ready to deck the halls?

Todd Berry (Louisiana-Monroe football head coach)

Jamey Carroll (former MLB infielder, 2002-13)

Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks head coach)

Jon Garland (former MLB pitcher 2000-11)

Royal Ivey (former NBA guard, 2004-13)

Holly Rowe (ESPN reporter)

Mike Tannenbaum (former New York Jets general manager)

Walking in a winter wonderland…

David Frost (PGA Champions Tour)

Scott Frost (Oregon offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach)

Frostee Rucker (DE, Arizona Cardinals)

Ron Slay (Tennessee basketball 1999-2003, now plays overseas)

Garth Snow (former NHL goalie 1993-2006, current New York Islanders general manager)

J.T. Snow (former MLB first baseman 1992-2006, '08)

Jay Cutler may hail from Santa Claus, Ind., but all these guys are missing is a white beard and a red suit…

Zac Claus (Nevada basketball assistant coach)

Casey Clausen (Tennessee quarterback 2000-03)

Jimmy Clausen (QB, Chicago Bears)

Ed Kringle (played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s)

Sure they can play football, but can they fly?

Dwight Dasher (Middle Tennessee quarterback 2007-10)

Kyle Rudolph (TE, Minnesota Vikings)

Casting call for the nativity scene…

David DeJesus (OF, Tampa Bay Rays)

Curtis Joseph (former NHL goalie 1988-2009)

Angel Pagan (OF, San Francisco Giants)

Russell Shepard (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Mark Weisman (RB, Iowa football)

Now we feast…

Mia Hamm (women's soccer legend)

Felix Pie (former MLB OF, 2007-11, '13)

Antrel Rolle (DB, New York Giants)

And who better to wrap up our list...

Metta World Peace (former NBA forward, 1999-2014, now playing in China)