The list of holiday-themed sports names
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Page 2 is completely swept up in the holiday spirit, and it's not just because the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is mere days away.
See, we've been putting together a list of sports figures with holiday-themed names. As you can see, we stuck primarily to major league sports and major college football and men's basketball. Check out our compilation and be sure to post any festive names we've overlooked on the Conversation page for this story.
Page 2's holiday-themed sports names
Name Active Team/Affiliation Career fact Jesus Alou MLB: 1963-79 Giants, Astros, A's, Mets Twice teamed with brothers Matty and Felipe in Giants' outfield, the only all-brothers outfield in MLB history Juan Pablo Angel Soccer: 1993-present Atlético Nacional, River Plate, Aston Villa, New York Red Bulls To clear a roster spot for Angel in 2007, the Red Bulls traded defender Marvell Wynne, son of former MLB player Marvell Wynne Noel Argüelles MLB: 2009-present Royals Cuban defector, 19, is a talented left-handed pitcher you likely will hear about in coming years Angel Berroa MLB: 2001-present Royals, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets Shortstop won 2003 AL Rookie of the Year Award Israel Byrd NFL: 1994-95, '97 Saints, Tennessee Oilers Older brother of former NFL wide receiver Isaac Byrd Angel Cabrera Golf: 1989-present European Tour, PGA Tour Both PGA Tour wins came in majors: 2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters Ahmad Carroll NFL: 2004-06, 2008-09 Packers, Jaguars, Jets Defensive back earned All-America track honors in the 100 and 200 meters at Arkansas Billy Carroll NHL: 1980-87 Islanders, Oilers, Red Wings NHL center scored only 30 career goals but won four Stanley Cup rings Brett Carroll MLB: 2007-present Marlins Carroll has a career OPS of 4.500 against Randy Johnson; OK, he's 2-for-2 (HR, 3B) DeMarre Carroll NBA: 2009-present Grizzlies Played at John Carroll Catholic High in Birmingham, Ala. Greg Carroll Hockey: 1976-80 Cincinnati Stingers (WHA), Capitals, Red Wings, Whalers Selected No. 15 overall by Caps in 1976 NHL entry draft but signed with WHA instead Joe Barry Carroll NBA: 1980-84, 1985-91 Warriors, Rockets, Nets, Nuggets, Suns "Joe Baby," the No. 1 overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft, was the key figure in the trade that sent Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to Boston John Carroll NBA: 2004 Celtics Coached Boston to 14-22 record during part of the 2003-04 season Matt Carroll NBA: 2003-present Trail Blazers, Spurs, Bobcats, Mavericks Notre Dame alum's current salary is $4.7 million; he has scored seven points this season Pete Carroll Football: 1978-present Coach: Jets, Patriots, USC, longtime college and pro assistant Played safety at University of the Pacific Joey Chestnut Competitive eating: 2005-present Major League Eating Consumed record 68 hot dogs to win 2009 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest -- U-S-A! U-S-A! Dionte Christmas NBA: 2009 76ers At Temple, he became the only player to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring three consecutive seasons John Christmas Lacrosse: 2005-present Major League Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League Plays for MLL's Boston Cannons, NLL's Philadelphia Wings Steve Christmas MLB: 1983-84, '86 Reds, White Sox, Cubs Catcher played in 24 career MLB games and hit one home run Bill Claus College football: 2008-present University of Toledo Punter booted a career-best 62-yard punt in win at Michigan in 2008 Dwight Dasher College football: 2007-present Middle Tennessee State Quarterback guided Blue Raiders to first bowl victory in R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Sunday Noel Devine College football: 2007-present West Virginia University Running back has rushed for more than 1,200 years in each of the past two seasons Noel Felix NBA: 2006 SuperSonics Fresno State alum played in 12 games for Seattle Neftali Feliz MLB: 2009-present Rangers Right-handed pitching prospect appeared in 20 games last season, going 1-0 with two saves and a 1.74 ERA Pedro Feliz MLB: 2000-present Giants, Phillies, Astros "Pete Happy" has played in three World Series, winning in 2008 with Philadelphia Dave Frost MLB: 1977-82 White Sox, Angels, Royals Tied Nolan Ryan with 16 wins to lead AL West-champion Angels in 1979 Derrick Frost NFL: 2004-08 Browns, Redskins, Packers Punter played college ball at Northern Iowa Scott Frost NFL: 1998-2001, '03 Jets, Browns, Buccaneers Led Nebraska to 24-2 record as starting quarterback in 1996 and '97 George "Iceman" Gervin Pro basketball: 1973-86 Virginia Squires (ABA), Spurs (ABA, NBA), Bulls Hall of Famer won four NBA scoring titles and played in nine NBA All-Star Games Charlie "Jolly Cholly" Grimm MLB: 1916-36 Philadelphia A's, Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs Also managed 19 years in MLB, including five as player/manager; if he played today, cool nickname likely would be reduced to C-Grimm Angel Guzman MLB: 2006-present Cubs Venezuelan right-hander ranked 10th in the NL with eight wild pitches in 2006 -- in only 56 innings Carlyle Holiday NFL: 2005-07 Cardinals, Packers Started at quarterback for three years at Notre Dame; played wide receiver in the NFL Jrue Holiday NBA: 2009-present 76ers Drafted No. 17 overall in 2009 after playing one season at UCLA Matt Holliday MLB: 2004-present Rockies, A's, Cardinals Three-time All-Star led NL in batting average (.340), RBIs (137) and total bases (386) in 2007 Trindon Holliday College football: 2006-present LSU Kick/punt returner scored two touchdowns this season -- one rushing, one punt return Vonnie Holliday NFL: 1998-present Packers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Broncos Defensive end was selected No. 19 overall in 1998 draft by Packers; has 59 career sacks Bob Holly NFL: 1983, '85 Redskins, Falcons Princeton alum completed 25 of 40 career passes with one touchdown Daven Holly NFL: 2005-07 Bears, Browns Cincinnati alum made five interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns in 2006 Ed Holly MLB: 1906-07 Cardinals Infielder also played for Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League in 1914, '15 Jeff Holly MLB: 1977-79 Twins Went 3-4 with a 5.60 ERA in 39 career appearances Royal Ivey NBA: 2004-present Hawks, Bucks, 76ers Sixth-year pro went to Final Four with Texas in 2003 Corey Ivy NFL: 2001-09 Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Steelers Led the late, great XFL with five interceptions in the league's only season Noel Johnson College basketball: 2009-present Clemson University Freshman guard has played in every game this season for Tigers Doug Jolley NFL: 2002-06 Raiders, Jets, Buccaneers Tight end caught 120 passes and scored six touchdowns as a pro Gordon Jolley NFL: 1972-77 Lions, Seahawks Former offensive lineman is father of Doug Jolley Smead Jolley MLB: 1930-33 White Sox, Red Sox Legend has it this poor-fielding outfielder once committed three errors on the same play Dave Jolly MLB: 1953-57 Milwaukee Braves Right-handed reliever went 16-14 with 3.77 ERA in 159 career appearances Johnny Jolly NFL: 2006-present Packers Made 82 tackles while starting all 16 games on Green Bay's defensive line in 2008 Ken Jolly NFL: 1984-85 Chiefs Linebacker attended MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. Mike Jolly NFL: 1980, 1982-83 Packers Michigan alum made three career interceptions as defensive back "Reindeer" Bill Killefer MLB: 1909-21 St. Louis Browns, Phillies, Cubs He was Grover Cleveland Alexander's catcher in Philadelphia and Chicago; managed nine MLB seasons with Cubs and Browns Nick Leckey NFL: 2004-present Cardinals, Rams, Saints Backup center is only Saint named Nick on current roster Chuck "Iceman" Liddell MMA: 1998-present -- Former Cal Poly wrestler has 21-7 pro record with 13 knockouts Angel Mangual MLB: 1969, 1971-76 Pirates, A's He was the player to be named when Pittsburgh acquired Jim "Mudcat" Grant from Oakland in 1970 Jeff "Snowman" Monson MMA: 1998-present -- Former Oregon State and University of Illinois wrestler has a 31-9 pro record with two knockouts Savio Nazareth Golf: 2008-present -- Tanzanian duffer attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. David Noel NBA: 2006-07 Bucks He was a member of North Carolina's 2005 NCAA championship team Jim Noel College football: 2009-present Boston College He's a freshman cornerback for the Eagles. Angel Pagan MLB: 2006-present Cubs, Mets Perhaps the most conflicted name in professional sports history Noel Prefontaine Football: 1998-present Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Los Angeles Xtreme (XFL), Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) San Diego State alum has scored 1,240 career points and compiled a 46.3-yard punting average in 12 CFL seasons. Israel Raybon NFL: 1996-97 Steelers, Panthers North Alabama alum played 12 NFL games as a defensive end Tree Rollins NBA: 1977-95 Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets, Magic Rollins had more career rebounds (6,750) than points (6,249) in his 18-season NBA career and led the NBA in blocked shots in 1982-83. Frostee Rucker NFL: 2007-present Bengals Defensive end played on two national championship teams at USC Mendy Rudolph NBA: 1953-75 -- Hall of Fame referee worked 22 consecutive NBA Finals Wilma Rudolph Olympic track and field: 1956, '60 U.S.A. She became first American woman to capture three gold medals (100 meters, 200, 400 relay) in track and field at a single Olympic Games (1960, Rome) David Snow College football: 2008-present University of Texas Offensive lineman started five games at right guard for the Big 12 champions Eric Snow NBA: 1995-2008 SuperSonics, 76ers, Cavaliers Compiled career totals of 5,791 points and 4,245 assists; played in two NBA Finals (2001, '07) Garth Snow NHL: 1993-2006 Nordiques, Flyers, Canucks, Penguins, Islanders Longtime goalie went from Isles' active roster to being team's general manager in 2006 Percy Snow NFL: 1990, '92-93 Chiefs, Bears Former Michigan State linebacker played in 40 NFL games Jack Snow NFL: 1965-75 Rams Notre Dame alum caught 345 career passes and scored 45 touchdowns Justin Snow NFL: 2000-present Colts Baylor alum is in his 10th season as long-snapper in Indianapolis J.T. Snow MLB: 1992-2006, '08 Yankees, Angels, Giants, Red Sox Son of NFL player Jack Snow; he won six consecutive Gold Gloves at first base (1995 to 2000) Israel Stanley NFL: 1995 Saints Arizona State alum recorded two sacks in 14 career games Mike Tannenbaum NFL: 1997-present Jets Tannenbaum began working in the Jets' front office in 1997 and became the team's general manager in 2006 Frosty Thomas MLB: 1905 Tigers Right-hander compiled a 7.50 ERA in his first two games and never pitched again in the majors Blaise Winter NFL: 1984, '86-90, '92-94 Colts, Chargers, Packers Defensive lineman from Syracuse recorded 300 career tackles in nine-season career George Winter MLB: 1901-08 Red Sox, Tigers Right-hander posted a career 2.87 ERA and a record of 83-102; yes, it was a much different game then Brian Winters NBA: 1974-83 Lakers, Bucks He was part of trade that brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers; later coached Grizzlies, Warriors Clarence Winters MLB: 1924 Red Sox He allowed 16 earned runs in seven career innings -- buh-bye Frank Winters NFL: 1987-2002 Browns, Giants, Chiefs, Packers He was Green Bay's center during much of Brett Favre's prime
Also of note
• Santa Claus, Ind., is the hometown of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
• The Andretti racing family is from the Bethlehem and Nazareth, Pa., area.
• Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is from Bethlehem, and former WWE star and University of Miami football player Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attended high school there.
• There are many, many sports figures with the name Rudolph, so we settled on two legends -- Mendy and Wilma.
Laura Lane, Maria Burns Ortiz, Toby Mergler, Kareem White, Hampton Stevens, Lisa Brooks, Patrick Hruby, DJ Gallo, Cam Martin, Mary Buckheit and Paul Lukas contributed to this list.
Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.