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Best sports related dog names for every state

We have to wonder what Tom Brady names his dog, if we name our dogs after him.Getty Images

Something about pets and sports make for a match made in heaven. Who among us doesn't have a friend orloved one (or ourselves) with a puppy named Brady, a cat named Beckham or a turtle named Gretzky?

This list, which includes all 50 states and Canada, is not a de facto ranking of the best athlete from each state, but of the best name for a pet based on a fan-favorite athlete from that state.

Without further ado:

Alabama —Barkley

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Named for Charles Barkley, an Alabama native and Auburn alum, this one is a no-brainer.

Alaska — Chalmers

There's a surprisingly long list of pro basketball players who were born in Alaska. We like Chalmers as a name for a puppy.

Arizona — Mickelson

One of the best golfers in the world for over a decade, Phil Mickelson attended Arizona State and is a mulitime winner of the PheonixOpen.

Arkansas — Scottie (or Pippen)

Scottie Pippen is an NBA Hall of Famer who is from Arkansas and attended the University ofCentral Arkansas.

California — Kobe

If he's a great athlete and his name ends in an "ee" sound, it's a no-brainer.

Canada — Gretzky

We know Canada is a big place, but we also know the entire country has dogs named after Wayne Gretzky.

Colorado — Elway

John Elway is a legend in the Denver area, winning two Super Bowls for the Broncos and winning a third as GM.

Connecticut — Kemba

Kemba Walker, now starring in the NBA with the Hornets, won an NCAA with UConn and has always been a fan favorite in the Nutmeg State.

Delaware — Della Donne

Elena Delle Donne is the WNBA's reigning MVP, hails proudly from Delaware and is an Olympic champion.

Florida — Tebow

He won two national titles with the Gators and continues to be beloved in the Sunshine State.

Georgia — Chipper

Chipper Jones is arguably one of the best third basemen of all time, a future Hall of Famer and a favorite all across the South for his achievements with the Braves.

Hawaii — Wie

Michelle Wie is one of the best female golfers in the world and burst onto the scene as a teenager.

Idaho —Picabo

This is an abstract one but hear us out. Picabo Street is from the Potato State and won two Olympic skiing medals. And it's an awesome name.

Illinois — Ditka

Have there been better Chicago sports figures like Michael Jordan? Probably. But he led the Bears to their only Super Bowl and has a fun name to say.

Indiana — Reggie

Reggie Miller is the best player in Pacers history. And his name ends in an "ee" sound.

Iowa — Warner

Kurt Warner was born in Iowa and is a Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Kansas — Manning

Not Eli or Peyton, but Danny. He led the Jayhawks to the 1986 Final Four and a 1988 NCAA title.

Kentucky — Ali

Muhammad Ali famously hails from Louisville and is one of the best boxers ever to lace up.

Louisiana — Shaq

He went to LSU and his name is short and sweet. Perfect for a canine.

Maine — Brady

We are making a blanket statement for New England states, Tom Brady rules.

Maryland — Flacco

Joe Flacco is the QB for the Ravens and has a cool name for a dog.

Massachusetts — Brady

See Maine. Brady rules New England.

Michigan — Magic

We went Kobe for California, so we'll honor Magic Johnson for his time at Michigan State.

Minnesota — Mauer

His prime is behind him, but Joe Mauer was is and wasan all-time great for the Twins.

Mississippi — Peyton

Walter Peyton is from Mississippi, and his last name works. Good enough.

Missouri — Musial

An old school throwback to Cardinals great Stan Musial.

Montana — Brock

Brock Osweiler, Houston's starting quarterback, is from Montana. So is Ryan Leaf.

Nebraska — Osborne

One of the best coaches of all time, Tom Osborne pretty much invented Nebraska football.

Nevada — Kaepernick

Controversial49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hails from Nevada and he's got a canine-sounding name.

New Hampshire — Brady

Another New England state. See above.

New Jersey — Marty

Martin Broduer — one of the best goalies of all time — was a staple for the Devils for nearly two decades.

New Mexico — Holly

Holly Holm, UFC knockout queen is a New Mexican.

New York — Beckham

Right now, dogs are being named after Odell Beckham Jr. A few years ago it was Cruz. A few years before that it was Eli. It's a Giants thing.

North Carolina — Jordan

Michael Jordan is a proud North Carolinian.

North Dakota — Wentz

Carson Wentz is already the most famous athlete ever from his state.

Ohio — BronBron

LeBron doesn't quite work as a dog name, so we altered it a tad.

Oklahoma — Bradford

Somehow we doubt too many dogs have been named after Oklahoma (and current Vikings) quarterback Sam Bradford.

Oregon — Chip

It's not quite Chipper, the name we chose for Georgia. It's a play off of the Ducks' best coach of all time, Chip Kelly.

Pennsylvania — Utley

He's a Dodger now but 12-year-old labs across the Keystone State are named Utley, after Chase Utley and his late 2000sheroics in Phillies red.

Rhode Island — Brady

More Tom Brady love from New England.

South Carolina — Mookie

A stretch perhaps, but we are going by best name, not best athlete. And Mets' fan favorite Mookie Wilson is from South Carolina.

South Dakota — Vinateri

He's probably the best clutch placekicker and he's from South Dakota. Adam VinateriFTW.

Tennessee — Summitt

We guarantee you there are dozens of dogs named after Tennessee's all-time great women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Texas — Aikman

We were thinking of going Romo here, but his days could be numbered. We'll go with the last Cowboys QB to win a Super Bowl, Troy Aikman.

Utah — Malone

Karl Malone led the Jazz to two NBA title appearances (both losses to Michael Jordan's Bulls).

Vermont — Brady

See Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine.

Virginia — Iverson

Allen Iverson is proudly from Hampton, Virginia, and his name lends itself to a lovable sidekick.

Washington — Russell

Russell Wilson delivered a Super Bowl to Seattle, and the state no doubt repaid him by naming their dogs after him.

West Virginia — Mayo

This is a stretch but there was slim pickins. Bucks guard O.J. Mayo is from West Virginia.

Wisconsin — Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers may be having a down season but he's a no-brainer here. He replaced Brett Favre as a top dog name in 2008.

Wyoming —Rulon

​Rulon Gardner is the pride of Wyoming, having won a gold medal for Greco Roman wrestling in 2000.

 
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