A celebration of President’s Day, done SEC football style

President's Day and SEC football
PORTRAITS COURTESY The White House Historical Association

Monday is President’s Day, and because of that, we’re going to celebrate some current and past SEC players (and one coach) who share a last name with a former president.

Before the 2017 season, for instance, we could’ve celebrated LSU cornerback Donte Jackson, Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter and Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson (hopefully, you do know that there have been U.S. presidents with the last names of Jackson, Carter and Johnson).

First, we’ll look at six players with presidential last names who should have big 2018 seasons; then we’ll look at eight former SEC notables who share last names with past leaders of the free world. (And, yes, we know that this is nowhere near an exhaustive list. But, hey, it’s President’s Day and we’re off, so …)


TYRIE CLEVELAND, courtesy of Florida athletics

WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida

The presidential namesake: Grover Cleveland (22nd, 24th)
The buzz: Cleveland is a big-play guy who didn’t get enough chances under the previous coaching staff. His numbers should climb this fall with Dan Mullen in charge. (And a presidential history lesson: Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. He won the presidency in 1884, lost the election in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison, then beat Harrison in 1892.)

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