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All-time NFL team of players with female first names

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The sports world has made many leaps towards inclusion and equality — and numerous setbacks in the process. We salute the trailblazers who kicked the doors down and to those who are removing barriers every single day.

As a fun little exercise, we have assembled an all-time team of NFL players who have names more readily identified with the fairer sex.ย Listed below are the number of reported U.S. births for females and males the same year the player was born, according to Social Security Administration data (not including similar spellings or nicknames). The players’ names are as they where known during their playing career according to Pro Football Reference, and may not reflect their birth name. (For example, Fran Tarkenton was born Francis, but the statistics reflect the name Fran.)

Offense

Born Female Male
QB Fran Tarkenton 1940 60 *
RB Christine Michael 1990 5,675 26
FB Marion Motley 1920 5,745 1,603
WR Lynn Swann 1952 5,816 1,589
WR Gail Cogdill 1937 2,633 218
TE Shannon Sharpe 1968 6,402 1,705
LT Kenyatta Walker 1979 198 118
LG Courtney Hall 1968 649 185
C Connie Zelencik 1955 9,975 137
RG Gale Gillingham 1944 383 283
RT Tootie Robbins 1958 5 *

Defense

Born Female Male
DE Danielle Hunter 1994 12,448 38
DT Dee Hardison 1956 469 87
DT Dana Stubblefield 1970 6,408 1,038
DE Shante Carter 1971 53 *
LB Leslie O’Neal 1964 5,602 1,445
LB Erin Henderson 1986 10,067 201
LB Whitney Mercilus 1990 5,905 77
CB Tracy Porter 1986 2,425 342
S Kerry Rhodes 1982 937 412
S Kim Herring 1975 1,480 164

Special Teams

Born Female Male
K Toni Linhart 1942 542 14
P Kelly Goodburn 1962 11,531 2,856
KR Gayle Sayers 1943 1,423 131

ย Coach

Born Female Male
June Jones 1953 2,264 27

*Less than 5 males born with the name in a particular year, so it is unreported by the SSA.

 

 

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