22 of the Best Sports Name-Drops in Music History

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22 of the Best Sports Name-Drops in Music History
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Music and sports were made for each other.

That duo interacts for the duration of any game, heavily intertwined the entire time.

In pregame stretches, in every break during the live action and finished off with tunes on the way out of the stadium, there is no escaping the sound system.

Musicians often tailor songs around the competitors. The list of songs made about athletes is extensive: "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan (about former boxer Ruben "Hurricane" Carter), "Tough Guy" by Beastie Boys (about former NBA enforcer Bill Laimbeer), "Warriors Code" by Dropkick Murphys (about former boxer Mickey Ward) and many more.

Instead of a list of songs made about the players, this piece is all about the lines in famous songs that explicitly mention specific athletes (or groups of athletes), immortalizing them no matter how obscure.

The following songs are in no particular order. Feel free to mention anything glaringly missed in the comments section. If worthy of making the cut, slides will be added to accommodate.

*Warning/parental advisory: Several of the videos include language that may not be suitable for minors and people with sensitivities to profanity. Those videos are marked NSFW.

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