No, Not That Mike Stanton: This and 10 Other Identical Names in Sports
With the recent major league debut of Marlins top prospect, OF Mike Stanton, the Florida phenom became the second Mike Stanton to have reached the big leagues.
There was, of course, the former left-handed reliever of the same name who pitched for the Braves, Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Nationals, Giants, and Reds in a well-traveled eighteen season career in which he won three world series rings.
This got me thinking...so here is a list of athletes who share the same name, and are not to be confused.
10A. Jayson Williams
The 6'10" former Nets center was named to one All-Star team in his career.
He is better known, though, for his legal troubles. He was sentenced early in 2010 to five years in prison following the shooting and death of his limousine driver in 2002.
10B. Jason Williams
Known as "White Chocolate" for his entertaining streetball style of play, the Magic point guard has played for Sacramento, Memphis, Miami, and Orlando in his career.
The 34-year-old has one championship ring and has been known throughout his career as a controversial player for his risky play, including deep three-point shots, and no-look and behind-the-back passes.
9A. Jose Reyes
The Mets SS is only 26, but already is the team's all-time leader in triples and stolen bases—a testament to his blazing speed.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Reyes has been a fan favorite in New York due to his personality.
Recently, Reyes has battled injury issues, notably a hyperactive thyroid gland.
In 2010, he is batting .246 with 14 stolen bases.
9B. Jose Reyes
The 26-year-old Athletico Madrid forward has been capped 21 times by his home country of Spain.
Throughout his career he has had stints with his hometown club of Sevilla, as well as with Arsenal and Benfica.
At Arsenal, Reyes was a part of "The Invincibles," the 2003-2004 side that went undefeated in all 38 league matches.
8A. Alex Smith
In 2005, Smith was the first overall pick out of Utah by the 49ers.
The 6'4" QB enjoyed a successful college career as a Ute, but has struggled in the NFL, with a 37:43 TD:INT ratio and a career QB rating of 69.2.
The Bonita, California native, following losing the starting job to Shaun Hill at the beginning of 2009, came back strong to finish the season as the San Fran starter.
8B. Alex Smith
The Browns tight end has made stops in his career in New England, Philadelphia, and, most notably, Tampa Bay.
A third-round draft pick out of Stanford, the 28-year-old Smith's NFL career has seen 129 receptions, 11 of which were touchdowns.
With Tampa Bay, Smith started 43 of 58 games, and enjoyed a strong rookie season of 41 receptions for 367 yards in 2005.
He signed as a free agent with the Browns on May 4.
7A. Alex Gonzalez
The Toronto Blue Jays shortstop won a World Series ring in 2003 with the Marlins.
The 33-year-old has also played for the Reds and has had two separate stints with the Red Sox in his 12 year career.
The Venezuela native is regarded as one of the best defensive shortstops in the league.
7B. Alex S. Gonzalez
The retired Cuban infielder played for six teams in his career, most notably the Blue Jays and Cubs.
Nicknamed "Gonzo," he finished his career as a .243 hitter and made a name for himself in the league through a strong defensive reputation.
Gonzalez last played in an MLB game in 2006 with the Phillies.
6A. Stephen Jackson
The Bobcats guard has enjoyed a successful 10 year NBA career, but not without controversy.
Jackson was suspended for 30 games in 2004 as a member of the Pacers, following his role in the "Malice at the Palace," in which he followed Ron Artest into the stands and fought with Pistons fans.
A swingman and a streaky shooter, Jackson has played for six teams in his career and is averaging 16.1 points per game. He has one championship ring with the Spurs, in 2003.
6B. Steven Jackson
The Rams running back out of Oregon State has enjoyed a stellar NFL career with five 1,000 yard seasons in his six year career.
Jackson is a two-time Pro Bowler and has been a lone bright spot the past few seasons as the Rams have struggled.
5A. Roy Williams
The 29-year-old Bengal safety spent the previous seven seasons in Dalla, where he made his name as one of the league's premier safeties.
A Top 10 pick out of Oklahoma, Williams is a hard hitter who plays a large role in run defense. He is a five time Pro Bowler with 534 career tackles.
Williams has come under fire throughout his career for his use of the horse collar tackle.
5B. Roy Williams
The Cowboys receiver has struggled to break out in a season and a half in Dallas, but his talent is unquestionable.
At 6'3" and 212 pounds, Williams is a large, physical receiver who reached the Pro Bowl in 2006 as a Detroit Lion.
Williams played his college ball at Texas.
In 2008, he and Roy Williams (see last) were teammates.
4A. Chris Young
The Diamondbacks outfielder made his mark on MLB in his rookie season, cranking 32 home runs and stealing 27 bases.
Young's power and speed are unquestionable, but he has struggled to sustain a high batting average. He is a .234 career hitter.
Young is only 26 years old.
4B. Chris Young
The 6'10" pitcher played his college ball at Princeton before taking the mound for the Rangers and Padres in the Majors.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed success in San Diego, and has a career 3.84 ERA and a 47-34 record.
He is the second tallest player in MLB history.
3A. Steve Smith
The Carolina Panthers wide receiver has been amongst the top players at his position for the last few years.
A four time Pro Bowler, Smith has 8,330 career receiving yards and 50 career touchdowns.
A native of Los Angeles, Smith played at Utah in college.
He has been a Panther his entire NFL career.
3B. Steve Smith
Known as "the other Steve Smith" for his first two seasons, the New York Giant broke out in 2009, finishing the year with 107 receptions for 1,220 yards and eight TDs, earning him a trip to his first Pro Bowl.
Smith played college football at USC and was a second round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft.
2A. Adrian Peterson
Not much explanation necessary here—Peterson has emerged as one of the game's top running backs.
He's made the Pro Bowl and rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
He set the record for the most rushing yards in a single game with 296 yards against San Diego in 2007.
The Vikings selected Peterson with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
2B. Adrian Peterson
Often used as a ploy in Fantasy Football trade offers, the "other Adrian Peterson" has been a member of the Chicago Bears his entire career.
A winner of the Walter Payton award in 1999 at Georgia Southern, Peterson had a successful college career in Division I-AA.
Peterson has 1,260 career rushing yards.
1A. Earvin Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson was one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
The leader of the 1980s Lakers, Johnson is a five time NBA champion, three time NBA MVP, and 12 time All Star.
A member of the basketball Hall of Fame, Johnson has spent his retirement as an HIV/AIDS prevention advocate, motivational speaker, and NBA analyst.
1B. Ervin Johnson
The 6'11" center played for the Sonics, Nuggets, Bucks, and Timberwolves between 1993 and 2005.
Johnson had two 20 point/20 rebound games in his career.
He scored over 3,000 career points and collected over 3,000 rebounds.