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60 Greatest Christmas-Related Names in Sports


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 Nerlens Noel of the New York Knicks, Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks, and even Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, 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 G, now plays overseas)

Rakeem Christmas (former NBA F, now plays overseas)

Neftalí Féliz (free agent MLB P, pitched for Philadelphia Phillies/Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021

Aaron Holiday (G, Washington Wizards)

Jrue Holiday (G, Milwaukee Bucks)

Justin Holiday (G, Indiana Pacers)

Matt Holliday (former MLB OF, 2004-18)

Doug Jolley (former NFL TE, 2002-06)

Johnny Jolly (former NFL DT, 2006-09, 2013)

Nerlens Noel (C, New York Knicks)

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

A.J. Green (WR, Arizona Cardinals)

Draymond Green (F, Golden State Warriors)

Danny Green (F, Philadelphia 76ers)

Red Auerbach (legendary NBA coach)

Red Grange (NFL Hall of Famer)

Michael Redd (former NBA G, 2000-12)

Who's ready to deck the halls?

Vonn Bell (S, Cincinnati Bengals)

Le'Veon Bell (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Eric Berry (former NFL S, 2010-18)

Dwayne Bowe (former NFL WR, 2007-15)

Jason Candle (Toledo Rockets head coach)

DeMarre Carroll (former NBA F, 2009-20)

Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks head coach)

Jon Garland (former MLB SP, 2000-11)

Royal Ivey (former NBA G, 2004-13)

Gift Ngoepe (former MLB 2B, 2017-18)

Holly Rowe (ESPN reporter)

Star Lotulelei (DT, Buffalo Bills)

Bart Starr (NFL Hall of Famer)

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Mike Tannenbaum (former 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 (Nebraska head coach)

Frostee Rucker (former NFL DE, 2006-18)

Darius Slay (CB, Philadelphia Eagles)

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

J.T. Snow (former MLB 1B, 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 head coach)

Jimmy Clausen (former NFL QB, 2010-15)

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

Sure they can play football, but can they fly?

Cupid Childs (former MLB 2B, 1888-1901)

Dwight Dasher (Middle Tennessee quarterback 2007-10)

Kyle Rudolph (TE, New York Giants)

I guess we know what these guys get in their stocking every year...

Cole Aldrich (former NBA C, 2010-18)

Cole Beasley (WR, Buffalo Bills)

Cole Hamels (MLB P, free agent)

Gerrit Cole (P, New York Yankees)

Kole Calhoun (OF, Texas Rangers)

Casting call for the nativity scene...

David DeJesus (former MLB OF, 2003-15)

Caleb Joseph (MLB free agent C, played for New York Mets/Seattle Mariners in 2021)

Nazareth Mitrou-Long (former NBA G, now plays overseas)

Ángel Pagán (former MLB OF, 2006-16)

God Shammgod (former NBA G, 1997-99)

Sterling Shepard (WR, New York Giants)

Mark Weisman (former Iowa RB)

Now we feast...

Mia Hamm (women's soccer legend)

Jamaal Fudge (former NFL S, 2006-09)

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

Antrel Rolle (DB, Chicago Bears)

And who better to wrap up our list...

Metta World Peace (former NBA F, 1999-2017)

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