September 22, 2008

As I watched the Steelers' disgraceful game against the Eagles yesterday, I had plenty of time to think. "Why," I wondered, "do the Steelers have so many starters with Presidential names?" James Harrison first sprung to mind. There's also Nate Washington and Anthony Madison. Ike Taylor slipped my mind but he starts often. Lastly the Steelers have Tyrone Carter and Arnold Harrison, the latter on Injured Reserve. That's 6 Steelers with names of former Presidents. Can any team stop them?

Thanks to the magic of regular expressions, I now know the answer: yes. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers each have 7 ex-Presidents on their rolls.

The Chiefs have Larry Johnson, Herb Taylor, T.J. Jackson, Tank Tyler, Derrick Johnson, Edwin Harrison, and Tavares Washington. (The last two are on the practice squad.) The Bucs have Josh Johnson, Dexter Jackson, Gaines Adams, Kevin Carter, Geno Hayes, Tanard Jackson, and Julius Wilson, of whom only Wilson is on the practice squad.

Here are the totals as of September 22, 2008. They include the reserve and practice squad. Matches are considered on complete last names only; partial matches don't count (or else "...ford" would match a ton).

American Football Conference
East North South West
Bills
Patriots
Jets
Dolphins
4
3
1
0
Steelers
Bengals
Browns
Ravens
6
4* 3
2
Texans
Colts
Titans
Jaguars
5
4
4
3
Chiefs
Raiders
Broncos
Chargers
7
5
3
2
National Football Conference
East North South West
Redskins
Giants
Cowboys
Eagles
5†
5
4
2
Vikings
Lions
Packers
Bears
5
3
3
2
Bucs
Panthers
Falcons
Saints
7
6
3
2
Cardinals
Seahawks
Rams
49ers
5
5
2
2

* 5 if you include Reagan Mauia.

† 4 are defensive ends.