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Bet You Didn’t Know These 25 Athletes Are Latino

The NFL, NBA, MLB and FIFA are full of athletes you probably didn’t know are Latino. If you follow any of these sports, I challenge you to identify them.

1. Tony Romo

Source: Tony Romo. Digital Image. Sporting News. December 15, 2016.

Romo was a former quarterback after spending his earlier days in Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for 14 seasons. Romo holds several Cowboys records under his sleeve, including passing yards, passing touchdowns, games with more than three touchdown passes, and most games with at least 300 passing yards. He retired in 2016 after a preseason back injury. Currently, he is an NFL analyst on CBS Sports for their telecasts show. Although he is U.S.-born, he has Mexican heritage on his grandfather’s side.

2. Dan Haren

Source: Dan Haren. Digital Image. MLB. March 8, 2016.

He is a former American professional baseball pitcher and among the small group of Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers to have beaten all the 30 major league teams. He completed his career with an incredible three All-Star game appearances and was named the seventh best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the major league history.

Haren was born in California but has Irish and Mexican backgrounds.

3. Nene

Source: Nene. Digital Image. Washington Post. February 10, 2013.

The professional basketball player is among the sports superstars who rocked our screens for years when he played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His successful three-year stint in Brazil earned him an NBA invitation to Chicago. He would later be a victim of injuries which saw him miss a lot of matches. During his career, he received many awards including being named second in the NBA in field goal percentage, fifth for NBA Most Improved Player award, among others.

This Houston Rockets player was actually born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Doesn’t he look sexier now?

4. Adam LaRoche

Source: Adam LaRoche. Digital Image. Dead Spin. April 13, 2016.

Having played in 12 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB), Adam LaRoche was named as a senior in an All-American baseball. His major achievements were his two milestones where he reached his career-high 33rd home run recording a career-high of 100RB and earning him the first Gold Glove including the Silver Slugger Award. Don’t get fooled by his looks, Adam LaRoche is proud of his Mexican roots on his father side.

5. Anderson Varejao

Source: Anderson Varejao. Digital Image. Sporting News. May 29, 2015.

He is a 13-year NBA veteran, 12 of which were spent playing for Cleveland Cavaliers. Between 2002 and 2014, he competed in every world championship and finally won a gold medal at Pan American Games in 2003. It is while at Golden State Warriors that he was given a championship ring after winning the NBA championship in 2017. Varejao was born in Colatina, Brazil. Besides playing for the Golden State Warriors he has actually played on Brazil’s national team!

6. Al Horford

Source: Al Horford. Digital Image. Slam Online. October 4, 2016.

Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso, Boston Celtics players, was born in the Dominican Republic. He played a key role as the starting center on the Gators team that won the back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. He also holds several other achievements under his belt, including a five-time NBA All-Star winner, the first Hawks pick to earn an All-Star berth after Kevin Willis in 1992, and a bronze medalist at the FIBA Americas Championship which earned him All-Tournament honors.

7. Walter Herrmann

Source: Walter Herrmann. Digital Image. Marca. August 17, 2009.

He was a key player of the senior squad in the Argentine basketball lineup. His team won the gold medal in the memorable 2004 Olympic Games. During his time at Flamengo, he played in the top-level Brazilian League and won the 2014 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.  During the 2015 and 2016 season, Walter played for San Lorenzo club and they became champions of the Argentine League, as well as the Argentine League’s Finals MVP title. Former Detroit Pistons player, was born in  Venado Tuernto, Argentina.

8. Andre Ethier

Source: Andre Ethier. Digital Image. Realtor. Mar 15, 2017.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Andre Ethier is Mexican on his mother’s side. He is a former professional American baseball outfielder who played in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His major achievement includes a Silver Slugger Award in 2009, All-Star selections in 2010-2011, and a Gold Glove Award in 2011 alongside other celebrities such as Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw giving the Dodgers team three Gold Glove winners in one year for the first time in baseball history.

9. Rudy Fernandez

Source: Rudy Fernandez. Digital Image. Solo Basket.

Born in Mallorca, Spain, Rudy Fernandez has played both in the NBA and the European Basketball League. The three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection who eventually won the league in 2015-2018, was also an NBA legend and an All-Rookie Second Team member. Currently, he is representative of the senior Spanish national basketball team. Among his achievements are the FIBA World Cup he won in 2006, two magnificent Olympic silver medals back in 2008-2012, and a bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

10. Manu Ginobili

Source: Manu Ginobili. Digital Image. Business Insider. May 23, 2017.

Though retired from professional basketball, Ginobili became one of the two known players to win a EuroLeague title, an Olympic gold medal, and an NBA championship. The four-time NBA champion was nicknamed “Big Three” alongside teammates Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. To add to his achievement collections, he has won two Italian League MVP awards, EuroLeague championship in 2001, the EuroLeague Finals MVP and the Triple Crown. Born Emanuel David Ginoblini, this former San Antonio Spurs player is Argentinian-Born.

11. Jeff Garcia

Source: Jeff Garcia. Digital Image. Sportige.  October 23, 2013.

Garcia has Mexican and Irish heritage. The former Canadian football and American football quarterback is a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and earned UPI All-America honors in 1992. He is one out of ten quarterbacks who have achieved an overwhelming thirty-touchdown passing season two consecutive times in his career. Also, he is one of only thirteen other quarterbacks to achieve a 99-yard touchdown pass.

12. Tiago Splitter

Source: Tiago Splitter. Digital Image. Sacurrent. July 1, 2015.

Tiago Splitter was born in Blumenau, Brazil.The forme basketball player spent seven seasons in the NBA. He is a three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection and the first Brazilian player to win an NBA championship in 2014 with San Antonio Spurs.  He won gold medals with Brazilian national basketball team at the FIBA Americas Championship (2005, 2009, 2011), Pan American Games in 2003, and South American Championship in 2003. Unfortunately, he announced his retirement in February 2018 following a hip injury that affected his career.

13. Luis Scola

CREDIT: Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 21, 2014. Indiana won 91-79. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Source: Luis Scola. Digital Image. La Tercera.

From Argentina to China!  The Argentine professional basketball player was voted to the famous NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2007. Earlier in 2004, he won an Olympic medal and a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics in 2008. As a result of these achievements, he was named the flagbearer for Argentina’s national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Scola now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association

14. Ted Williams

Source: Ted Williams. Digital Image. Doc Stull. September 19, 2016.

Ted was a nineteen-time All-Start, a six-time American League (AL) batting champion, a two-time award winner of the AL Most Valuable Player Award, and a two-time winner of the Triple Crown. The legend even dedicated three years of his time to serve in the Marine Corps and the United States Navy during World War II.

Williams was born in California but had Mexican background. Some claim he was the first latino baseball star.

15. Leandro Barbosa

Source: Leandro Barbosa. Digital Image. NBC Sports. January 18, 2013.

Another Brazilian on the list! Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo and won the highly contested NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award including an NBA championship with the Warriors. On the list of his accomplishments is the Brazilian Basketball League he won with Bauru. After he reassigned with Warriors in 2015, he helped the team win an NBA record of 73 games to record an all-time high from the record set in 1995 and 1996 by Chicago Bulls.

16. Ryan Lochte

Source: Ryan Lochte. Digital Image. LA Times. April 27, 2017.

The twelve-time Olympic medalist holds impressive world records in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×200-meter freestyle long-course. Currently, he is the world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley short course and 200-meter individual medley long and short course. The incredible performance in these competitions has earned him several awards including the World Swimmer of the Year Award, SwimSwam’s Swammy Award, and a two-time American Swimmer of the Year Award. Lochte was born in New York but is Cuban on his mother’s side. Who knew?

17. Ronda Rousey

Source: Ronda Rousey. Digital Image. Mike Swick. November 21, 2017.

To add to her gifts, Rousey is a professional wrestler, a mixed martial artist, an actress, author, and judoka. Currently, she is signed to WWE and won the Raw Women’s Champion in her first reign. She has had successes in both the King of the Cage and Strikeforce events where she was crowned the last ever Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Ronda has also enjoyed great success as an actress and author by featuring in the films The Expendables, Furious 7, and Mile 22. She further released her autobiography in 2015 called My Fight/Your Fight.  She has Venezuelan and Trinidadian roots!

Read: 20 Facts About Ronda Rousey’s Strength Before Her Next Big Fight

18. Carmello Anthony

Source: Carmelo Anthony. Digital Image. Business Insider. September 23, 2017.

Anthony as Puerto Rican and Venezuelan background on his father side. The Houston Rocket’s basketball team player is a ten-time NBA All-Star and six times All-NBA Team member. In 2003, he kicked his career and won the national championship as a freshman with Syracuse Orange. He was also crowned as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. He was the bronze medalist in 2004 Summer Olympics and a gold medalist at the Summer Olympics in 2008, 2012, and 2016. On top of that, he holds the title for the all-time leading scores in the United States Olympics men’s national basketball team.

19. Victor Cruz

Source: Victor Cruz. Digital Image. Chicago Tribune. May 30, 2017.

Known for his role as a wide receiver in American football, Victor Cruz has a couple of feats under his sleeve. He won the Super Bowl XLVI with New York Giants in 2012 and the explosive 99-yard touchdown catch during his time in the Giants against New York Jets. His impressive 89 yards after the catch is one of the most recorded ever by a receiver on a 99-yard reception. Cruz is known for his popular yet hilarious celebration of a salsa dance after every touchdown. Quite an entertaining basketball player! He was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother.

20. Reggie Jackson

Source: Reggie Jackson. Digital image. Sports Illustrated.

he flamboyant and outspoken Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder is known for his incredible postseason achievements. In 1971, Jackson helped lead the Athletics to the all-time American League Eastern Division Title with an impressive 32 home runs. Two years later (1973), he became the unanimous winner of the popular American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. The crowning of his tremendous achievement in his career came on August 1993, when he was named the 216th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Surprisingly, he was the only player to be honored in that year.

Reginald “Reggie” Martinez, born in Pennsylvania, is Puerto Rican on his father’s side.

21. James Rodriguez

Source: James Rodriguez. Digital Image. Colombia. July 27, 2017.

Former Real Madrid star, was born in Cucuta, Colombia. The Colombian footballer now plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bayern Munich. From his vision, technique, and playmaking skills, it’s no doubt that he is one of the best players of his generation. His career kicked off when he won the Toulon Tournament in 2011 with Colombia’s under-20 team. Following his outstanding performance in the tournament, he was included in the senior squad and played in the 2014 FIFA World cup where he won the Golden Boot as the top scorer.

22. Radamel Falcao

Source: Radamel Falcao. Digital Image. Goal.

Simply known as Falcao, the Monaco FC star was born in Santa Marta, Colombia. The Colombian striker is the captain for both Monaco and Colombia national team. During his era in River Plate, he won the 2007 and 2008 Clausura tournament. He also won several titles, including the Primeira Liga and Europa League in 2011. While at club Porto, he became their all-time top goalscorer in most international club competitions setting the record for the most goals scored (17) in a European campaign. He is also the first Colombian to receive the Portuguese Golden Ball award.

23. Keylor Navas

Source: Keylor Navas. Digital Image. Sin Cuento. October 17, 2017.

The Costa Rican footballer who plays the role of a goalkeeper for Real Madrid and Costa Rica national team has won six national championships including the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2005. In 2014, he went on to become La Liga Player of the Month, making him the first goalkeeper to win the award. The same season, he was declared the goalkeeper with most saves in La Liga at a record of 267. His incredible performance in the 2017-2018 Champions League played a huge role in his nomination as the 2017-2018 Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.

24. Laurie Hernandez

Source: Laurie Hernandez. Digital Image. Huffington Post. January 12, 2017.

Olympic gymnast and winner of Dancing with the Stars is Puerto Rican descent. Her appearance in the 2016 Summer Olympics couldn’t go unnoticed when she won the gold medal in the overall team event and a silver medal on the balance beam. In the same year, Laurie Hernandez featured in the Dancing with the Stars and won season 23 with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

25. Gonzalo Higuain

Source: Gonzalo Higuain.  Digital Image. Sporty News. October 9, 2017.

This hottie was actually born in France but is Argentinian descent and plays for the national team. His era in the world’s favorite Spanish clubs saw him win several titles including three La Liga titles and an award for scoring 107 goals in 190 leagues appearances. After his move to Napoli, he completed the season with a win of the Coppa Italia in his first season. Still, in Napoli, the 2015 ad 2016 season was another successful moment where he scored 36 league goals and won the Capocannoniere title. Higuain is currently a full Argentina international, and he has represented the country in three FIFA World Cups.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Life goes on.

Almost a year after her father Kobe Bryant passed, Natalia Bryant is gearing up for college and celebrating her life in progress. On Tuesday, to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday, Vanessa Bryant showered her daughter with tributes and words of wisdom in an Instagram post.

Vanessa posted a handful of tributes to Natalia on Instagram, including old photos of the 18-year-old her father, Kobe.

The late LA Laker, who died last year on Jan. 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos. In one of the images, Vanessa and Kobe held baby Natalia in an image taken on the Los Angeles Lakers court.

“Daddy’s little princess, Natalia. ❤️🎉🎂🎉#18#BirthdayGirl,” Bryant captioned one of the photos.

In another post, Vanessa expressed how proud she was of the woman Natalia has become.

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite and gracious in everything that you do. You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter. We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our first born, Natalia, our principessa!”

Last week, Bryant revealed that Natalia has college on the mind.

In a separate post shared to Instagram, Vanesa revealed that her daughter has New York on the mind when it comes to getting her Bachelor’s. “NYU is one of her top schools. (@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” she commented.

There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

In June, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

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In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

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Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

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In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!

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