With the exception of MLB, the three other major sports (NFL, NBA, NHL) are in season during Christmas. In fact, the NBA is treating its fans to not one, not two, but five games on Christmas day. And between Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and even Cole Aldrich of the Los Angeles Clippers, there are plenty of players who will be on the court on Dec. 25 whose names are tailor-made for this time of year.
But these members of the Association aren’t the only athletes and sports figures that make this special list. And yes, we’ve checked it twice.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...
Dionte Christmas (former NBA guard, now plays overseas)
Rakeem Christmas (F, Indiana Pacers)
Jrue Holiday (G, New Orleans Pelicans)
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)
Draymond Green (F, Golden State Warriors)
Ladarius Green (TE, San Diego Chargers)
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?
Joique Bell (RB, Detroit Lions)
Le’Veon Bell (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Eric Berry (DB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Dwayne Bowe (WR, Cleveland Browns)
DeMarre Carroll (F, Toronto Raptors)
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks head coach)
Jon Garland (former MLB pitcher 2000-11)
Royal Ivey (former NBA guard, 2004-13)
Holly Rowe (ESPN reporter)
Star Lotulelei (DT, Carolina Panthers)
Bart Starr (NFL Hall of Famer)
Mike Tannenbaum (Miami Dolphins’ Executive Vice President of Football Operations)
Tree Rollins (former NBA center, 1978-95)
Walking in a winter wonderland...
David Frost (PGA Champions Tour)
Scott Frost (UCF head coach)
Frostee Rucker (DE, Arizona Cardinals)
Darius Slay (CB, Detroit Lions)
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 (Idaho basketball assistant coach)
Jimmy Clausen (QB, Baltimore Ravens)
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)
I guess we know what these guys get in their stocking every year...
Cole Aldrich (C, Los Angeles Clippers)
Cole Beasley (WR, Dallas Cowboys)
Cole Hamels (P, Texas Rangers)
Gerrit Cole (P, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Norris Cole (PG, New Orleans Pelicans)
Casting call for the nativity scene...
David DeJesus (MLB free agent OF, played for Tampa Bay Rays/Los Angeles Angels in 2015)
Caleb Joseph (C, Baltimore Orioles)
Angel Pagan (OF, San Francisco Giants)
Russell Shepard (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mark Weisman (former Iowa RB)
Now we feast...
Mia Hamm (women's soccer legend)
Felix Pie (former MLB OF, 2007-11, '13)
Antrel Rolle (DB, Chicago Bears)
And who better to wrap up our list...
Metta World Peace (F, Los Angeles Lakers)
(Rakeem Christmas photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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