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9/17/2007 01:38:00 PM

Athletes who have the same name

Derek Anderson
The football Derek Anderson was in the spotlight this past Sunday.
Photo by AP
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

Yesterday afternoon in Cleveland, a 6-foot-5 swingman from the University of Kentucky stepped in at QB and led the Browns to an upset win over the Bengals. Wait, it's not this Derek Anderson?

Oh, it's this Derek Anderson.

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.

4. Michael Adams: A triple-share between the Cardinals DB, the Browns DB, and the cool Nuggets point guard from the '80s.

5. Steve Smith: The Panthers receiver is still dominating DBs, but what about the eponymous former NBA guard and current Hawks announcer?

What other sports name crossovers are out there? Let us know below…

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Posted: September 17, 2007 2:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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...
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:22 PM   by Anonymous big ghi
You forgot the Giants' rookie receiver named Steve Smith. You also left off Randy Jones: 1) Former Padre pitcher, 2) US Olympic Bobsledder (silver medalist), and 3) Current Philadelphia Flyer.
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Alex Smith- 49er's QB and Buc's TE
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Roy Williams, Roy Williams, and if he would shorten it Roydell Williams from the Titans. Also, add another Steve Smith WR from the Giants.
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Billy Beane and Billy Bean?
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Earvin Johnson-Ervin Johnson?
Posted: September 17, 2007 2:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Michael Jordan: pretty good basketball player, fair baseball player, decent golfer.
Michael Jordan: currently on the roster of the Michigan State Spartans football team.
New York Mets Shortstop Jose Reyes and Spanish National Team Forward... Jose Reyes.
Kurt Warner the NFL QB with a bad case of fumblitis? Nope...the Curt Warner that led Penn State to a national championship and was a stellar Seahawks RB.
Posted: September 17, 2007 3:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings, #28, 2006 grad from Oklahoma

Adrian Peterson, RB, Chicago Bears, #29, 2002 Draft
Posted: September 17, 2007 4:05 PM   by Anonymous Michael
Jason Williams-- Miami Heat point guard, former Chicago Bull point guard (although he decided to be known as "Jay" because of the confusion).
Posted: September 17, 2007 4:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Roy Williams - NFL - Wide Reciever for Detroit and Safety for Dallas.
Roy Williams -NCAA Basketball-Coach of Carolina
Posted: September 17, 2007 4:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about 3 basketball players and 1 hockey player named Jason Williams
Posted: September 17, 2007 4:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
wow, how could you forget C Ervin Johnson and Ervin "Magic" Johnson???
Posted: September 17, 2007 6:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Posted: September 17, 2007 6:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Anthony Gonzalez the WR from the Colts and Tony Gonzalez the TE from the Chiefs
What about Steve Smith, WR for the Giants?
RB Adrian Peterson (MIN)
RB Adrian Peterson (CHI)
How about Roy Williams.
Posted: September 18, 2007 12:16 AM   by Anonymous Cory
Uhhhh Roy Williams...duh
Posted: September 18, 2007 1:33 AM   by Anonymous Ben
Michael Jordan - G.O.A.T. &

Michael Jordan - http://www.court-side.com/p/P89AD0998E8E772B8C12571320066C8A1
Posted: September 18, 2007 8:52 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Two NFL running backs named Adrian Peterson.
Two other NFL players (QB, tight end) named Alex Smith.
Posted: September 18, 2007 9:17 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
earvin magic johnson and ervin johnson the former wolves center
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
don't forget Jason/ Jayson Williams
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:32 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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).
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:33 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dee Brown, MLB outfielder, NFL Running Back and former NBA Dunk Champion.
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Charles Johnson, former Eagles WR and former Marlins Catcher
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:41 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Alex Smith? both starters in the NFL
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:47 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This isn't exactly sports but there's Michael Jackson: former Browns WR and Neverland Ranch owner
Posted: September 18, 2007 11:10 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Earvin "Magic"/Ervin Johnson
both of the NBA.
Posted: September 18, 2007 11:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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?
Eric Davis, the almost 40-40 outfielder for the 90' w.s. champs... and Eric Davis, the db for the 49ers, who i think won it all with Young and co, but might be mistaken
Posted: September 18, 2007 11:43 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Steve Smith (legally named James Stephen Smith) was also a hard-nosed defenseman in the NHL, although he's best known for putting the puck in his own net during the 1986 playoffs.

There was also another d-man named Steve Smith who spent a whopping 17 games in the NHL.
Posted: September 18, 2007 12:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There's also this Steve Smith

Posted: September 18, 2007 12:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Nascar's Jimmie Johnson and Cowboy's coach Jimmy Johnson
Eric Davis - Cincinnati Reds All Star Center Fielder, San Francisco 49ers Corner Back
The Dee Browns listed forgot about the current NBA guard for the Utah Jazz Dee Brown
Posted: September 18, 2007 12:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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".
Posted: September 18, 2007 12:59 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I believe there was yet another Steve Smith--quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines several years ago.
Posted: September 18, 2007 1:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jon Lester (P)- Red Sox
Jon Leicester (P)- Orioles
Eddie Murray, Baltimore Oriole great. 3,000 hits, 500 HRs

Eddie Murray, Detroit Field Goal Kicker
Posted: September 18, 2007 1:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tony/Anthony Gonzalez. One was a basketball player for UC Berkeley. And the other plays football for the colts.
Posted: September 18, 2007 2:59 PM   by Anonymous drew
What about Deion Sanders the great DB for numerous teams and the Deion Sanders that tried to play baseball??? Oh, wait... same guy.
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
Posted: September 18, 2007 4:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There used to be two Ge Wasington's hwo were bot hwide recievers in the NFL
Walt Harris - former Pitt coach and DB SF 49ers.
Posted: September 18, 2007 5:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Steve Smith was also a Raiders RB, is a current Giants WR and was a Chicago Blackhawks defenseman.
Posted: September 18, 2007 6:28 PM   by Anonymous Chris
No Larry Brown? In addition to the NBA coach, there have been several NFL players with that name.
Posted: September 18, 2007 10:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Freddie Jones--Ex NFL tight end and current Knicks shooting guard.

Luke Jackson--NBA player for Sixers in the '60s and Luke Jackson, currently on the Raptors.

In the early '90s, there were two Jeff Robinsons and two Greg Harris' in MLB, as well as a Greg Olson and a Gregg Olson.

And, in addition to the Michael Jordans above, there was also a Michael Jordan for the Penn Quakers a few years back.
Derek Anderson played his football at Oregon State. You were thinking of the wildly successful Tim Couch who played at UK.
Bobby Jones and Bobby M. Jones, both pitchers for the Mets.
Posted: September 19, 2007 1:33 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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...
Posted: September 19, 2007 8:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
jason williams from duke basketball, and jason williams from the miami heat, as well as retired jason williams from the nets.

dee brown from the celtics, and dee brown from illinois and currently on utah.
Posted: September 19, 2007 9:18 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Josh Scobey - Jaguars
Josh Scobee - Seahawks
Posted: September 19, 2007 9:32 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Michael Jordan of the Michigan State football team


Michael Jordan, the guy who attempted to play minor league baseball for Birmingham until the attention to his gambling addiction quieted down.
Posted: September 19, 2007 9:37 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Chirs Everett RAMS QB in 90s and Chir Everett the Ladies Tennis Champion...ooohh wait it was Jim Everett that was the QB of the RAMS, ROME has me all confused!!!!!!
Posted: September 19, 2007 10:20 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Ken Griffey of the 70s-80s Cincinnati Reds and Ken Griffey of the 00s Cincinnati Reds?

And, also, Pedro Borbon of the 70s Cincinnati Reds and Pedro Borbon of the 90s Atlanta Braves.

And Julio Franco of the 80s Cleveland Indians and Julio Franco of the current Atlanta Braves.
Posted: September 19, 2007 12:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kevin Johnson

Played for the Browns

Played for the Cavs

and a Pro Golfer
Posted: September 19, 2007 1:08 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
adrian peterson- Minnesota Vikings
adrian peterson- Chicago Bears
Jamaal Anderson-- former Falcons running back and current Falcons defensive end.
Posted: September 19, 2007 9:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jamaal Anderson-- former Falcons running back and currebt Falcons defensive end
Posted: September 19, 2007 11:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You actually get paid to write crap like this?
Posted: September 20, 2007 4:27 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ron Harper of the Bulls, Ron Harper of the Knicks once played against each other. I was very confused.
Posted: September 20, 2007 2:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
"And Julio Franco of the 80s Cleveland Indians and Julio Franco of the current Atlanta Braves."

Ummm, this is the same guy. Of course, you may have been joking. If so, my apologies...
Posted: September 20, 2007 8:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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Posted: September 20, 2007 11:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Alexandre Picard - Philadelphia Flyers organization

Alexandre Picard - Columbus Blue Jackets organization
Posted: October 1, 2007 12:06 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
michael lewis- san fransisco 49ers strong saftey

michael lewis- former saints punt returner and beer man
jason smith of the flyers and the sixers...
Posted: October 4, 2007 12:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bill Russell - LA Dodgers shortstop and Boston Celtics center

Frank Thomas - 60's baseball player and the Big Hurt
Posted: October 4, 2007 12:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Charles Smith
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
Posted: December 8, 2007 6:21 PM   by Anonymous JY
How bout Chris Young the padres pitcher and Chris Young, the Diamondbacks outfielder.
Posted: December 25, 2007 3:33 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Alex Gonzalez, one who came to glory with the Marlins and the other, the Cubs..both Shortstops I believe
SS Jose Reyes and Catcher Jose Reyes and they are both part of the Mets organization

Chris Young is a pitcher for the Padres and there is Chris Young as an outfielder for the D-Backs
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