Some athletes have changed their names because of religion, some just had a nickname that stuck with them, and others just do whatever they want and we can’t explain why. Here are some of the notable name changes and aliases in the world of sports.
FILE - This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco, who recently changed his name back to Chad Johnson, talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver's contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File) KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 23: Ervin Santana #54 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on April 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars enters the field prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field on September 30, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Edson Arantes do Nacimento "Pele" holds the torch during the opening ceremony of the V World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JORGE PEREZ (Photo credit should read JORGE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Kareem Abdul Jabbar 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images) Claire Ruth; Babe Ruth; Kate Smith KISSIMMEE, FL - FILE: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves poses during Photo Day on February 25, 2008 at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida. According to reports March 22, 2012, Jones annouced he will retire after the 2012 season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) 12 JAN 1995: J.R. HENDERSON OF UCLA IN ACTION DURING THEIR 75-57 WIN OVER THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AT THE PAULEY PAVILLION IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT