Top Ten Greatest Ginger Sports People

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An Image of The Greatest Sporting Ginger Boris Becker diving to get a ball

Flying Ginger

People of the Ginger persuasion have been known to posses a certain amount of pace and skill, balanced with their knife edge anger when it comes to sports…..well kind of, Mark McGwire is an exception to the rule as he just went straight for the drugs.

That fire in their belly/on their head, has allowed them to excel at certain sports.  But who is the greatest Ginger sports person?  Who has dominated their chosen sport and set the bar high for all gingers to aspire to?  Its not the whose who of sport but dam it, they deserve some recognition!

– Mark McGwire is out and Paul O’Connell is in.
– Chris Hoy shoots up to number two with Rooney falling backwards to number 7


Boris Becker – Tennis


Chris Hoy – Cycling


Jenny Thompson – Olympic Swimming


Bjorn Daehlie – Olympic Cross Country


Carson Palmer – American Football


Paul Scholes – Football


Wayne Rooney – Football


Brett Dallas – Rugby League


Ricky Hatton – Boxing


Paul O’Connell – Rughby


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  1. January 14, 2010  2:24 pm by Birdman Reply

    I think the old Mark Mcgwire placing might be a bit dodge....but can't think of too many other gingers???

    • January 14, 2010  4:07 pm by HotSoup Reply

      It was a tough list to create but yeah Mark Mcgwire was touch and go especially with all the drug admissions now......hmmm but lets see who else people might come up with.

  2. January 16, 2010  11:13 am by soilyboy Reply

    rod laver is an obvious omission...maybe pollock too

    • January 16, 2010  2:50 pm by HotSoup Reply

      Pollock is a good call and had not heard of Rod Laver but 7 consecutive years as number one in tennis is pretty amazing!

  3. January 20, 2010  5:53 pm by Kate Swan Reply

    I like your list though I disagree with your number 1. Wayne Rooney would be my pick for the top spot.

  4. January 6, 2011  8:22 pm by Cano24NY Reply

    You have some great athletes there, but I think you left out one of the greatest winter & summer Olympians of all-time, Shaun White. Also, you have to take into account his X-games victories and his innovation that took snowboarding to the next level.

    • January 9, 2011  2:17 am by Quick Ten Reply

      Shaun White is definitely up there!

  5. April 19, 2011  9:10 am by Dave Reply

    Bobby Charlton.

    Need an early picture to prove the gingernes as he went bald in his late 20s

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