Many of today’s star athletes are known on a first name basis, partially due to their often unusual names – Kobe, Shaquille, Peyton, etc. While their last name may be the one on the back of their jerseys, it’s their first name that excited fans are yelling in the stands and at their television screens at home.
One’s last name is also a big deal in the sports world, as it’s what’s plastered on the back of your jersey for everyone to see at games. Even in the minor leagues, for guys playing high school ball, athletes get accustomed to being called by their last names. You know even the biggest stars once spun around to listen to their coach after being called – “hey, Brady!”
The one part of any athlete’s name that remains a bit of a mystery to fans is their middle name. Simply put, it’s not often used. Just as you likely only use your middle name when you’re filling out a form that requires a complete name, many athlete's middle names remain unknown to fans unless they bother to look it up for some reason. When an athlete’s name is printed in an interview, or they make a headline for their antics or successes, athletes will generally be called by their first and last name.
Does this mean all athletes have boring middle names that don’t really matter? After all, how many something John something’s can you bother to learn? Well, you’d be pretty surprised at the amount of athletes who have just downright strange middle names. Some of them pay homage to a family member, others are just unusual choices made by the athlete’s parent for whatever reason. While these athletes might find their middle names ordinary, since they’ve had them their whole lives, the average individual would probably quirk an eyebrow at the least.
Here are 15 athletes with the strangest middle names.
15 Terrell Eldorado Owens
14 Eldrick "Tiger" Tont Woods
13 Bris Robotham Lord
12 Roland Champ Bailey
11 Usain St. Leo Bolt
10 Christian "Sonny" Adolph Jurgensen
9 Patrick De'mon Peterson
8 Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr.
7 Adalius Donquail Thomas
6 Derek Sanderson Jeter
5 Drew McQueen Bledsoe
4 Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish
3 Carmelo Kyam Anthony
2 Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson
1 Kobe Bean Bryant
With a first name as iconic as Kobe Bryant’s, who needs a middle name with an interesting story? Well, Kobe Bryant does. His middle name – Bean – is a touching tribute to his father, Joe Bryant. Because of his high energy and ability to jump (guess Kobe must have inherited that particular skill), his father was nicknamed “Jellybean.” Luckily, Kobe’s parents didn’t go for the full candy-coated name and instead just dubbed him Kobe Bean Bryant.
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