See, we live in a big world, and sometimes names overlap. Here are the five all-time best shared sports names involving NFL and NBA players…
1. Kareem/Karim Abdul-Jabbar: We speak not only of the longtime Lakers center who retired as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, but also the former NFL running back. Their names weren't spelled exactly the same, but we'll include them since they're pronounced the same.
2. Steven/Stephen Jackson: The Warriors forward best known for having Ron Artest's back spells it with the "ph." The running backs for the Rams and the Panthers each spell it with a "v." Either way, you've got Steve Jackson. Three of them, actually.
3. Larry Johnson: Grandmama? Yes, but also the KC Chiefs running back.
seems to me there was a Steve Smith who was a defenseman on the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980's, and whose unfortunate claim to fame ended up being that he scored into his own net in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals...
How about Michael Myers,the relief pitcher for the Mets;Michael Myers,the former Defensive Lineman for the Broncos;Mike Myers,of Austin Powers and Wayne's World and of course the fictional Michael Myers of Halloween
In my fantasy keeper league, one team kept both Steve Smith and Adrian Peterson. When I went to put them in Yahoo I realized that both not only share their names with another NFL player, but they play the same position - the Smiths are both WRs (Carolina and NY Giants) and the Petersons are both RBs (Minnesota and Chicago).
In the 90's, the Celtics drafted 2 guys named Michael Smith. One a tall white guy from BYU and the other a short black guy from Georgetown. Now you can add to that Michael A. Smith, the loud announcer.
Ervin Johnson vs Earvin Johnson. Journeyman center for the Bucks or HOF Laker?
In the 80's there was a couple of cousins named Mark Carrier in the NFL. One was a WR with the Bucs, and the other a hard hitting safety with Bears. There was also a couple of forwards in the NBA by the name of John Williams. "Hot Rod" Williams was a foward with the Cavs and then there was "Hot Plate" Williams who was a F/C with Dallas I believe. He had a little problem with his weight, hence, the nickname "Hot Plate".
What about Andre and Andra Davis? Both played for the Browns. If I'm not mistaken there might have been another one on the team too. It was funny when Andra Davis had to have his whole name on the back of his jersey because there were so many of them
I think everyone is forgetting the best one out there. Bill Buckner (duh, 1986), and the new pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Billy Buckner. Imagine what it must have been like growing up, and having major league baseball talent with that name...
There is Chris Young, Arizona Diamondbacks centerfielder, and Chris Young, San Diego Padres starting pitcher.
The 1962 Mets had two pitchers named Bob Miller. One was Robert G. Miller and the other was Robert L. Miller.
On May 11, 1999, in a game between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, Bobby Jones was the starting pitcher for both teams. Here is the box score from Retrosheet.org: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1999/B05110COL1999.htm