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Athletes That Are NOT Jewish

by Jeremy Fine

January 3, 2011 | 3:09 pm

Many people often get confused and assume Jewish heritage/Yiddiskite because of a last name or other connections. Today we bring you a list of former Non-Jewish players who have been mistaken for Jews.

Current Players:
Lance Berkman - Very Jewish last name. And Yankee fans would’ve loved it. Be he is not Jewish.
David Eckstein- Eckstein is commonly mistaken for a Jew, but he is as not Jewish as they come.
Rex Grossman - You don’t get a name like that unless somewhere in your lineage their were Jews. But Rex is NOT Jewish. But he does have a Super Bowl appearance.

Mike Jacobs - I would love to claim some of his home runs, but he ain’t a MOT.
Patrick Kane - Sick with a stick not with Shtick.
Ray Lewis - Haha. No.
J.J. Putz - Great last name. Not a Jew.
Ben Roethlisberger - Gutsy and awesome. But not Jewish.
Stephen Strasburg - Do anything for this phenom to be Jewish, but no Jewish link.
Amare Stoudemire - He tried really hard to be Jewish, but it takes more than a trip to Israel.
Ben Zobrist - Up and coming star, but not associated with the Star of David.

Retired:
David Cone - Not spelled Cohen. And not Jewish.
Marty Schottenheimer - Nope.
Reggie White - He was a non-Jew very into religion and Torah. Wish more of us were.

Associated by Family:
Rod Carew - Please do not listen to Adam Sandler. Carew never converted, but we sure wish he had.
Frank Thomas - Yes his first wife is Jewish. And yes, so are many of his kids. But Thomas (although my favorite player of All Time) is not by any means Jewish.

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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