Top 10 athletes with U.S. presidents' names

November, 5, 2012
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White HouseAP Photo/Ron EdmondsMany athletes share their name with former presidents, including some of sports' greatest.
These 10 Hall of Fame athletes, ranked by their accomplishments in their respective sports, have no relation to any U.S. president, but they each share a last name with a former commander in chief.

10. Earl Monroe (NBA) - James Monroe, fifth president (1817-25)
Earl the Pearl finished his NBA career after the 1979-80 season. A four-time All-Star, Monroe scored more than 17,000 points and dished out more than 3,500 assists. Monroe was voted to the NBA Hall of Fame in 1990 and is a member of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

9. Elvin Hayes (NBA) - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president (1877-81)
A three-time first-team All-NBA member, Hayes finished his career with 27,313 points. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the top 50 players in NBA history and won his only NBA title in 1978 with the Washington Bullets.

8. Whitey Ford (MLB) - Gerald Ford, 38th president (1974-77)
The southpaw's career record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th-century pitcher. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. He also owns the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees.

7. Bud Grant (NFL) - Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president (1869-77)
This Hall of Fame coach played two seasons in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers, winning the NBA title in both seasons. In his 18 seasons as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Grant won 168 games (including postseason), 11 division titles and advanced to four Super Bowls, losing in each of them.

6. Pete "Grover Cleveland" Alexander (MLB) - Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th (1885-89, 1893-97)
Grover Cleveland Alexander overcame epilepsy, alcoholism and harrowing combat during World War I to become one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Ol' Pete won 30 games each season from 1915 to 1917 and led the league in ERA five times. No other National League pitcher has surpassed his marks of 373 victories and 90 shutouts.

5. Jack Adams (NHL) - John Adams, second president (1797-1801); John Quincy Adams, sixth president (1825-29)
A member of seven Stanley Cup champions, Adams is the only man to have his name on the Stanley Cup as player, general manager and coach. Because of his success and longevity, the NHL named the coach of the year award in his honor.

4. Lawrence Taylor (NFL) - Zachary Taylor, 12th president (1849-50)
A dominant force on defense, Taylor revolutionized the outside linebacker position. He was named first-team All-Pro in each of his first nine seasons, recorded 132.5 quarterback sacks, was selected to play in 10 Pro Bowls and, in 1994, was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

3. Reggie Jackson (MLB) - Andrew Jackson, seventh president (1829-37)
Mr. October finished his career with a .357 average in 27 World Series games. Jackson is one of four players (Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols, Pablo Sandoval) to hit three home runs0 in a World Series game. In his career, Jackson played on five world championship teams and tallied 563 home runs.

2. Ted Kennedy (NHL) - John F. Kennedy, 35th president (1961-63)
Never the fastest or smoothest of skaters, Ted "Teeder" Kennedy became a remarkable leader with an infectious combination of determination and confidence. Known as one of the game's great faceoff men and an antagonistic forechecker, Kennedy had the ability to score the important goal, to make the right check at the right time and to do all the little things that win big games and championships, which his Toronto Maple Leafs did on a regular basis.

1. Magic Johnson (NBA) - Andrew Johnson, 17th president (1865-69)
Earvin "Magic" Johnson won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in the '80s, leading what became known as Showtime. A 12-time NBA All-Star in his 13-year career, Johnson won 3 regular-season and NBA Finals MVP Awards. Johnson is a member of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

Honorable mentions:

• Buck Buchanan (NFL) - James Buchanan, 15th president (1857-61)
• Gary Carter (MLB) - Jimmy Carter, 39th president (1977-81)
• Hack Wilson (MLB) - Woodrow Wilson, 28th president (1913-21)
• Les Harrison (NBA) - William Henry Harrison, ninth president (1841); Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president (1889-93)
• Phil Jackson (NBA) - Andrew Jackson, seventh president (1829-37)
• Travis Jackson (MLB) - Andrew Jackson, seventh president (1829-37)
• Ban Johnson (MLB) - Andrew Johnson, 17th president (1865-69)
• John Henry Johnson (NFL) - Andrew Johnson, 17th president (1865-69)
• Walter Johnson (MLB) - Andrew Johnson, 17th president (1865-69)
• Steve Van Buren (NFL) - Martin Van Buren, eighth president (1837-41)
• Jim Taylor (NFL) - Zachary Taylor, 12th president (1849-50)
• Paul Pierce (NBA) – Franklin Pierce, 14th president (1853-57)

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