John Mayock, OBE. (born 1970). This 5' 11" red head (ginger) middle distance runner was born in South Yorkshire, Great Britain. He's been fortunate to have competed in 3 Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). He's held British indoor records for 2000 m and 2 miles. He also competed at 3 Commonwealth Games in 1994 and 1998, winning bronze and silver medals. In 1992 he paired up with Frank W. Burns (presenter of BBC's 'Sportsnight') for popular "Burns and Mayock" which provided witty sports action analysis. His Facebook states: "At the height of his career, his kit and running shoes were sponsored by Asics and his washing up by F.B. Liquid."
Chuck Norris (born 1940). (Real name: Carlos "Chuck" Ray Norris) US martial artist, TV and movies actor. A six-time World Black Belt Karate Champion. Not only a famous athlete but also star of his hit TV series ’Walker: Texas Ranger’. Although also an actor, I've listed him under ATHLETES, as that's how he became famous. Of Irish and Native American descent. Famous for roundhouse kick and tough image in action films (Fought Bruce Lee in final scenes of 'Return of the Dragon'.) Now a committed Christian, along with his wife Gena. A redhead with reddish beard, although some films show him more sunbleached blonde.
Paul Collingwood, MBE (born May 1976). Cricket star for England. He was born in Shotley Bridge, Co. Durham. This famous athlete has played on major teams - England, Durham, and Delhi Daredevils, as well as former captain of the One Day International team. The right-hander is a "natural athlete" and currently considered one of the best fielders, a batting all-rounder, and reliable bowling. His nickname is "Colly" and has been described as the "tenacious little redhead". Also, (Thanks to a reader, Alex, who pointed this out for me) Collingwood led England to the 2010 Twenty20 World, technically making him the 1st England captain to win a World Cup.
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Gloria Nord (Gloria Nordskog) (1922-2009) Born in California, Gloria was a rollerskating and ice-skating star from the 1940s and 1950s. Known as the "Sonja Henie of roller skates" and popular because of her dazzle and sex appeal. She was the leading lady in the popular rollerskating extravaganzas "Skating Vanities" in the 1940s, which helped her popularity. She ended up on magazine covers and even appeared on skates in the 1944 Betty Grable movie 'Pin Up Girl.' She performed in ice-skating productions at London's Wembley Arena and had a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, plus also touring Europe and Australia during her career. She actually was a natural redhead and said of her famous platinum hair -- "It's a bottle job."
Shaun R. White (born 1986). Born in California, USA. A world-class professional and Olympic snowboarder. Famous athlete known for his daring tricks (like Double McTwist 1260) and won Olympic gold again in Vancouver, Canada, 2010! Not a surprise, he additionally excels in skateboarding, one of the top competitors in the field.
He now makes millions in endorsements but feel it hasn't corrupted him, quoted saying, "I'm pretty sure I would have been corrupted by this age if I was going to go down that path. "Money hasn't changed me. I have to go home and clean up after the dog. I'm just a relaxed normal guy."
He's also promoting his own line of clothing. He is famous for his wonderful thick wavy red hair, which in the past had earned him the unwelcome nickname ‘The Flying Tomato.’ (Read his quotes about the nicknames.)
After his February 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal in snowboarding, he was featured on a March 2010 cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine.
Brian Scalabrine (born 1978). Towering redhead American professional basketball player, NBA (National Basketball Association). This famous athlete stands 6 feet 9 inches! He joined the Boston Celtics team in 2005.
Bill Walton (born 1952). American college and professional basketball player and sportscaster, now retired. Because of his brilliant red hair when younger, he was nicknamed the "Big Redhead," standing at 6 feet 11 inches. He has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He became a superstar in the 1970s, winning multiple Player of the Year Awards, playing for the UCLA Bruins. Many feel this famous athlete was one of the best collegiate players.
His professional career with the NBA (National Basketball Association) included playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics. Despite a stuttering problem, he forged forward and became a successful sportscaster, from which he retired in 2009.
Boris Becker (born 1967) Born in Lieman, Germany. His architect father built the Tennis Center, Tennisklub Blau-Weiss. With distinctive sun-bleached strawberry blonde hair and red beard, he is one of the most successful tennis players from the 1980s and 1990s: Olympic Gold Medal, 2 Davis Cup titles, 6 Grand Slam titles, 49 tournament victories (15 in doubles), among others. In 1985 was 1st German player and 1st unseeded player to win at Wimbledon.
As of 2010, he's still the youngest player to win the men's Grand Slam at age 17! After his retirement, this famous athlete partnered with Völkl Tennis GmbH to produce his own tennis racquets, including the successful Quantum 10, plus has own tennis clothing lines and sports accessories. He has been a Wimbledon commentator for BBC, and since 2005 has appeared on "They Think It's All over" -- a British TV sports quiz show.
Keith Galloway (born 1985) This powerful red-haired Australian athlete is a professional rugby league player. Has played for the junior club Yarrawarah Tigers, plus Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, then Wests Tigers.
Cameron Ling (born 1981) This charismatic red head Australian footballer is considered to be the best tagger in the Australian Football League (AFL). This famous athlete is not only the Captain of the Geelong Football Club, but he has become a bit of media star as well. He has made TV appearances and also hosts his own show on Geelong station K-Rock 95.5FM. He's apparently picked up the nickname 'Fanta Pants.'
(Photo, Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Henrik and Daniel Sedin (born 1980) These talented red-haired twin brothers, born in Sweden, are professional ice hockey players. As of 2010, they both play in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks. They have always played and trained together, but each has their own strengths, combining them very effectively: Henrik makes the plays and Daniel scores the goals. These famous athletes have both competed in World Championships and the Winter Olympics. (Thanks to James S. for adding some hockey athletes!)
Harold ‘Red’ Grange (1903-1991). He was a professional and college American football halfback, playing for the Univ. of Illinois (nickname "The Galloping Ghost"), the Chicago Bears in NFL and also AFL briefly. This famous athlete was also member of Pro Football Hall of Fame. He appeared as himself in a serial 1931 film entitled 'The Galloping Ghost.' On a US Stamp, he was nicknamed ‘Red’ because of his red hair color.
Brian Campbell (born 1979) Talented red head Canadian pro ice hockey player who was born in Ontario. As of 2010, he plays for the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Blackhawks. Other teams he's played on include Ottawa 67s, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Sabres, and San Jose Sharks. He played in the 1999 World Junior Championships as a member of Team Canada as well. Because he has the same last name as the Campbell Soup Company, he has the nickname "Soupy."
Don Budge (1915-2000). This tall American redhead was a US tennis champ in 1930s to 1940s, being No. 1 in the world for 5 years. This famous athlete was the first man to win the Grand Slam of tennis in a single year, as well being famous for his backhand. He had famed match against German Gottfried von Cramm during WWI years. He was often called "The Redhead."
Jim Schoenfeld (born 1952) This red head professional ice hockey player was born in Ontario and has played for multiple teams: London Knights, Hamilton Red Wings, and Niagara Falls Flyers, Buffalo Sabres (and as team captain there), Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins. After retiring from hockey (1985), he went into general management and coaching hockey teams. He's coached the Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes; plus later to help manage the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and the New York Rangers.
Alexi Lalas (Panayotis Alexander Lalas) (born 1970) This very redhead soccer player was born in Michigan, USA. He played with the US National Soccer Team in 1994 FIFA World Cup plus one of 3 overage players on the US Olympic teams for 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. He retired, then managed the New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes, and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He worked for ESPN and ABC Sports as a sports analyst, also commentator for FIFA World Cup. In 2006, this famous athlete was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He also is a musician/singer, as the lead for the rock band "Gypsies."
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Football fans Jason and Mike created a cool "NFL Ginger Team" poster of U.S. National Football League players with ginger hair. To view it, just CLICK on the FOOTBALL to download the free 1-page .PDF file (You'll need Adobe Reader or similar.) -- THANKS GUYS for sharing it with us!! --