Happy St. Patrick’s Day, sports fans.
It’s March 17 and that means one thing. It’s time to look at 17 amazing athletes that have the name Patrick, either first or last. Actually, there’s just one on this list where it’s the last name and I’m betting you know who that is. Either way, enjoy the list.
In eight seasons split between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, Patrick Beverley has averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. However, he’s known mostly for his tenacious defense and his ability to get under the skin of just about any player he’s guarding. He’s a two-time All-Defensive selection.
Figure skater Patrick Chan is a 10-time Canadian national champion and a three-time world champion. He won silver medals at the 2014 Olympics in the men’s and team events and a gold medal in the team event in 2018.
One of the most successful on this list, minus the fact he won zero NBA championships, Patrick Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star and a seven-time All-NBA selection. He won an NCAA title in 1984 with Georgetown and was the 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year. He won a gold medal as part of the Dream Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and retired with 24,815 career points. In 17 NBA seasons, Ewing averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds.
While never a household name in the U.S., Patrick Hyland was one of the most popular boxers in Ireland. A former featherweight and super featherweight champion, Hyland won his first 27 fights. The 27 consecutive wins are the most by any Irish boxer in history. He retired in 2016 with a 31-3 record.
The first of two famous Chicago Blackhawks named Patrick on this list, Patrick Kane was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. In 13 seasons, Kane has amassed 389 goals and 633 assists. He led the league in points in 2015-2016 with 106 and is a nine-time All-Star. He helped the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
In just three seasons in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has accomplished a few things. Outside of throwing for 9,412 yards and 76 touchdowns against 18 interceptions, Mahomes won the NFL MVP in his second season and led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win in his third. Not bad.
Known mostly for being John McEnroe’s brother, Patrick McEnroe didn’t quite win as many titles as his big bro but he took home some trophies. He won 16 doubles titles, including the French Open in 1989. He won one singles title in 1995.
Now retired, Danica Patrick became the only woman in history to win an IndyCar Series race, taking the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. She has the highest finish of a female driver in the history of the Indy 500 (she placed third in 2009) and the Daytona 500 (she finished eighth in 2013). She is one of just 14 drivers in the history of racing to have led both races.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been a force to be reckoned from the moment he arrived in the NFL in 2011. In nine seasons, Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro selection. In 138 career games thus far, he has 25 interceptions and 438 tackles. He also holds two NFL records. He’s tied with three others for the most punt return touchdowns in a season with four and also has the longest overtime punt return touchdown, a 99-yard return in 2011.
Patrick Rafter was once the top-rated tennis player in the world, reaching the pinnacle in July 1999. He won consecutive US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 and was also an accomplished doubles player. Rafter is one of just three players to reach the semifinals or finals of all Grand Slam tournaments in both singles and doubles. He can also claim to be the only man in history that’s played Roger Federer at least three times and never lost.
Easily one of the most interesting, volatile, and entertaining events in PGA Tour history, Patrick Reed has also become one of the best golfers on the planet. He’s reached as high as seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking and has finished in the top 10 of every major championship, including a win at The Masters in 2018.
Pat Riley (yes, his given name in Patrick) won an NBA championship as a player in 1972 but made a bigger name for himself as a coach. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA titles from 1982-1988 and won a fifth with the Miami Heat in 2006. He’s a three-time NBA Coach of the Year and has gone on to become one of the most respected executives in the game. Riley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Patrick Roy is one of the best goaltenders in the history of the NHL. Over 19 years with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, Roy stopped 25,800 shots with a save percentage of 91.0. He won the Vezina Trophy three times, the Jennings Trophy five times, and the highly-coveted Conn Smythe Trophy three times. He won four Stanley Cups in his career and holds the record for most career playoff games for a goaltender (247) and most playoff wins (151).
The second Chicago Blackhawks player on this list, Patrick Sharp played parts of 11 seasons in the Windy City in a 15-year career. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks and a gold medal with the Canadian national team at the 2014 Olympics. In 939 career games, Sharp scored 249 goals and dished out 283 assists.
With no offense to any other person on this list, Patrick Daniel Tillman is the biggest badass on this list. Following a standout career at Arizona State University, Tillman was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. Tillman played 60 games at safety in four seasons with the Cardinals, posting 374 tackles and 3.5 sacks. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Tillman left the NFL in 2002, giving up millions of dollars, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and also served in Afghanistan. Tillman was tragically killed in 2004 in a friendly fire incident. He was posthumously awarded numerous service medals.
French soccer star Patrick Vieira was considered one of the top players of his generation. From 1994 to 2011, Vieira played all around Europe, including nine years in the Premier League, winning three titles and one Player of the Season award in 2000-2001. He also played 107 matches for the French national team and won a World Cup title in 1998.
An All-American at Mississippi, linebacker Patrick Willis was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 and played his entire eight-year career with the franchise. In those eight seasons, Willis was a Pro Bowler seven times and five-time All-Pro First Team selection. In 112 career games, all starts, Willis racked up 20.5 sacks and 950 tackles. Willis retired in 2015.