Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809. In honor of our 16th President, here are some of our favorite football players with presidential names.
With two presidential names, Lincoln Kennedy tops our list. Born on this date in 1971, Kennedy was an All-American at Washington before anchoring the offensive lines of the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders.
A five-time AFL All-Star, running back Keith Lincoln helped the San Diego Chargers to the only league title in franchise history.
Ricky Jackson played linebacker for 15 NFL seasons, 13 of them with the New Orleans Saints. In 2010, Jackson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In eight NFL seasons, Philadelphia Eagles halfback Steve Van Buren led the league in rushing four times. The NFL’s first 1,000-yard rusher was the league’s career leader in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns when he retired in 1951.
A six-time Pro Bowler, Calvin Johnson led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns during his short but brilliant career. “Megatron” set single-season records for receiving yards and consecutive 100-yard games .
At 6’-7”, 270 pounds, Junious “Buck” Buchanan ran the 100-yard dash in 10.2. One of two defensive tackles named to the AFL All-Time Team, Buck led the Kansas City Chiefs to the only Super Bowl title in franchise history, in 1969.
A two-time All-American and 2005 College Player of the Year, Reggie Bush was electric. The 205-pound running back won two collegiate championships at USC and a Super Bowl title with the New Orleans Saints.
The winningest coach in Minnesota Vikings history, Bud Grant is the first coach to guide teams to the Super Bowl and Grey Cup. A three-sport athlete at Minnesota, Grant played in the NBA, NFL and Canadian Football League.
The pioneer of the safety blitz, Larry Wilson is a member of the 1960s All-Decade Team, the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and Pro Football Hall of Fame. The undersized safety was 1966 Defensive Player of the Year. The legendary Jerry Kramer called Wilson “the finest football player in the NFL.”
John Jefferson was one of the most exciting receivers ever to play. A four-time Pro Bowler and member of the Chargers’ 50th Anniversary Team, “JJ” led the NFL in receiving yards in 1980.
All Chris Carter did was catch touchdowns. Carter led the league in receiving touchdowns three times, is a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
The only athlete to win both an Olympic gold medal and Super Bowl ring, “Bullet” Bob Hayes was the world’s fastest human. The speedy wideout twice led the NFL in receiving touchdowns, is a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and was enshrined into Canton in 2009.
A Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowler, Marvin Harrison spent his entire 13-year career with the Indianapolis Colts. He shares or holds over 30 NFL records, is a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team, and was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.