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All-Name Teams: A to Z


Featuring names from across the world of sports…

Welcome to a special edition of the All-Name Teams:
In alphabetical order from A to Z, here is a list of athletes whose first and last names begin with the same letter.*

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High … he was named Jesus.” — the Gospel of Luke

Andre Agassi — tennis
Benjamin Becker — tennis (the opponent in Agassi’s last match)
Cal Clutterbuck — hockey
David DeJesus — baseball
Ezekiel Elliott — football
Fabio Fognini — tennis
Gail Goestenkors — basketball
Hozumi Hasegawa — boxing
Israel Idonije — football
Jussi Jaaskelainen — soccer
Kyle Korver — basketball
LaRon Landry — football
Majestic Mapp — basketball
Natalie Novosel — basketball
Orion Outerbridge — basketball
Paul “The Truth” Pierce — basketball
Quint Kessenich — lacrosse
Roger Rinderknecht — cycling
Sammy Sosa — baseball
Tim Tebow — baseball, football
Ugueth Urbina — baseball
Victor Valdes — soccer
Wes Welker — football
Xander Bogaerts — baseball
Yamileska Yantin — volleyball
Zinedine Zidane — soccer

* But there are two exceptions — their first names begin with the proper alphabetical-order letter, but not their last names. If you know of any athletes for these two categories — Q and X — please let me know!


All-Name Teams #21


Featuring names from across the world of sports…

I like your last name. Can I have it?
— a bride to her husband

Don’t forget your wife’s name. That will mess up the love.
— an 8-year-old girl’s marriage advice

In honor of my daughter and her husband, who were married July 1, this All-Wedding Team has only two members.

All-Wedding Team
Kayla Tyson née Deckert — soccer
Andrew Tyson — lacrosse

Normally, each All-Name Team has five members because the rules of my longtime favorite sport (basketball) allow five players per team on the court.

All-Wedding Day Team 1
Kayla Day — tennis
Andrew Gaze — basketball
Jameill Showers — football
Diamond Stone — basketball
Destiny Vaeao — football

All-Wedding Day Team 2
Hap Day (aka Clarence Henry “Happy” Day) — hockey
Ereck Flowers — football
Adoree’ Jackson — football
I.J. Ready — basketball
Vincent Valentine — football

All-Name Teams #20


Featuring names from across the world of sports

And now we’re grown-up orphans … never knew their names.
We don’t belong to no one, that’s a shame.
… And I won’t tell ’em your name.
— “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls (the band)

All-Construction Team 2
Kristin Carpenter — volleyball
Na’il Diggs — football
Derrick Mason — football
Robin Soderling — tennis
Nail Yakupov — hockey

All-Farm Team 1
Gareth Bale — soccer
Kenjon Barner — football
Pat Tillman — football
Zacharias “Buck” Wheat — baseball
Rayfield Wright — football

All-Heart Team 2
Shasta Averyhardt — golf
Su’a Cravens — football
Matt Hartline — football
Tysyn Hartman — football
Michael Hartvigson — football

All-Name Teams #19


Featuring names from across the world of sports

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” — Nelson Mandela

All-Holy Team 2
Jahvid Best — football
Vontaze Burfict — football
Eric LeGrand — football
Mike Singletary — football
Jayson Werth — baseball

All-Horror Team 2
Danny Gorrer — football
Igor Olshansky — football
Deaysean Rippy — football
James Skelton — baseball
Casper Ware — basketball

All-Saints Team 2
Isaiah Canaan — basketball
Ezequiel Lavezzi — soccer
Paulus Moses — boxing
Joakim Noah — basketball
Elijah Qualls — basketball

Procedural Note — If you’re wondering why there are five people per team, it’s simple … basketball was my favorite sport as I was growing up, and since the rules of basketball (last time I checked) allow five players per team on the court, I’m going with five-person teams.

Bruce William Deckert

All-Name Teams #18


Featuring names from across the world of sports

All-Fire Team
Ricky Burns — boxing
Mike Fiers — baseball
Jakub Kindl — hockey
Justin Smoak — baseball
Shona Thorburn— basketball
“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already

All-Time Team
Austin Daye — basketball
Briann January — basketball
Brandon Morrow — baseball
Jeff Saturday — football
Kevin Weekes — hockey
“And remember that I am always with you, until the end of time.”

All-Way Team
Wayne Hedgpeth — boxing
Mollie Pathman — soccer
Tuffy Rhodes — baseball
Huston Street — baseball
Wayman Tisdale — basketball
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.”

• Related quotes — Jesus of Nazareth

All-Name Teams #17


Featuring names from across the world of sports

The first team in this post — the All-Art Team — is in honor of the Master Artist as springtime displays its splendor here in New England and elsewhere. Yes, I’m referring to the One who is known as the Maker of the universe and whose museum is that very universe.

Of course, not everyone agrees about whether a Creator exists. Yet while I tend to find God tough to discern, the art of springtime gives evidence of His goodness and reality … in the midst of other evidence that calls His goodness and existence into question.

The key, it seems, is following the sometimes conflicting clues to an accurate conclusion. With God’s help, I hope and pray that you and I reach the correct verdict about springtime beauty — and the less-beautiful realities of life.

Bruce William Deckert

All-Art Team 1
Jeff Brushie — snowboarding
Robert Gallery — football
Curtis Painter — football
Matt Painter — basketball
Nate Potter — football

All-Bird Team 3
Jennie Finch — softball
Sylvia Fowles — basketball
A.J. Hawk — football
Brad Peacock — baseball
Frank Wren — baseball

All-Construction Team 1
Bobby Carpenter — football
Skylar Diggins — basketball
D’Brickashaw Ferguson — football
Mason Plumlee — basketball
Kevin Towers — baseball

All-Name Teams #16


Featuring names from across the world of sports

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” — an angel to Joseph (per Matthew 1)

“You will … give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High … his kingdom will never end.” — the angel Gabriel to Mary (per Luke 1)

All-Christmas Team 4
Kenjon Barner — football
Santi Cazorla — soccer
Demarcus Christmas — football
Noel Mazzone — football
Quevyn Winters — basketball

All-King Team 2
Prince Amukamara — football
Royal Ivey — basketball
Tavarres King — football
Kliff Kingsbury — football
Epiphanny Prince — basketball

All-Journey Team 1
Teddy Atlas — boxing
Majestic Mapp — basketball
Scientific Mapp — basketball
Jurickson Profar — baseball
Angela Rhoades — volleyball

You may wonder: Why five members per team? Simple — since basketball was my favorite sport growing up, I’m going with five-person teams.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from A Slow Life in the FAST Lane!

All-Name Teams #15


Featuring names from across the world of sports

I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks [for] the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.
— Ann Voskamp

All-Summer Team
Summer Sanders — swimming
Ray Searage — baseball
Elissa Steamer — skateboarding
Mike Summerbee — soccer
Rob Summers — baseball

All-Music Team
Le’Veon Bell — football
Doug Flutie — football
Ramon Sessions — basketball
Vijay Singh — golf
Alex Song — soccer

All-Colors Team
Vida Blue — baseball
Litterial Green — basketball
Hue Jackson — football
Amber Orrange — basketball
JayVaughn Pinkston — basketball

All-Name Teams #14


Featuring names from across the world of sports

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
— writer Margaret Atwood

All-Winter Team
David Freese — baseball
Hugh Freeze — football
Frostee Rucker — football
Michelle Snow — basketball
Tex Winter — basketball

All-Wind Team
Gale Agbossoumonde — soccer
Drew Brees — football
Daniel Geale — boxing
Josh Huff — football
Brian Windhorst — basketball writer

All-Water Team
Danny Drinkwater — soccer
Dwyane Wade — basketball
Ricky Watters — football
Dezmine Wells — basketball
Russell Westbrook — basketball

All-Name Teams #13


Featuring names from across the world of sports

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
— Charles Spurgeon

All-Holy Team 1
Jamie Bestwick — BMX (bicycle motocross)
Evander Holyfield — boxing
Peerless Price — football
Mike Singletary — football
James Worthy — basketball

All-Horror Team 1
Derek Boogaard — hockey
Frank Gore — football
Tom Gores — basketball exec
Dante Scarnecchia — football
John Skelton — football

All-Saints Team 1
Moses Kingsley — basketball
Mark Lazarus — TV sports exec
Isaac Redman — football
Isaiah Roundtree — football
Noah Syndergaard — baseball

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