After watching Jake Burger's Grand Slam at Sunday afternoon's White Sox game, we were highly taken by his unusual last name. How many professional athletes in the World have the word "Burger" in their name?
So, in honor of Jake Burger's phenomenal winning performance against Detroit, we decided to make a list of the Top 50 professional athletes with "Burger" in their name. (We've highlighted Jake's name as a reference point.)
Top 50 Athletes With The Name Burger
|1||Albert Burger||Alpine Skier||Germany Olympic||Alpine Sier|
|2||Todd Burger (Todd Richard)||American Football||Chicago Bears||OG|
|3||Vreny Burger||Archery||Switzerland Olympics||Archer|
|4||Jake Burger||Baseball||White Sox||3rd Base|
|5||Mark Hamburger||Baseball||Texas Rangers||Pitcher|
|6||Chuck Burger||Bridge||American||11-Time National Bridge Champion|
|7||Guillaume Burger||Canoer||France Sprint World Championship||Sprint Canoer|
|8||Anina Burger (Anna Adriana)||Cricket||South Africa||Right-Handed Batter|
|9||Christopher George de Villiers Burger||Cricket||South Africa||Right-Handed Batter/Right-Arm Medium|
|10||Jan-Berry Burger (Andries Johannes)||Cricket||Nambia||Right-Handed Batter/Right-Arm Let Break|
|11||Louis Burger (Louis Jacobus)||Cricket||Nambia||Right-Handed Batter/Right-Arm Medium|
|12||Sarel Burger (Sarel Francois)||Cricket||Nambia||Right-Handed Batter/Right-Arm Med-Fast|
|13||Bernie Burger (Kola Bernie)||Cricket||Nambia||Right-Handed Batter/Left-Arm Medium|
|14||Nandre Burger||Cricket||South Africa||Left-Handed Batter/Right-Arm Med-Fast|
|15||Patrick Burger||Cross Country Skier||Italy||Cross Country Skier|
|16||Paul Burger||Cycle Sport||Belgium||Racing Cyclist|
|17||Dietmar Burger||Darts||Austria||Darts Player|
|18||Chere Burger||Equestrian||South Africa||Dressage Rider|
|19||Fritzi Burger (Friederike)||Figure Skating||Austrian Olympic Medalist||Figure Skater|
|20||Heinrich Burger||Figure Skating||German Olympic Champion||Pairs Figure Skating|
|21||Jake Burger||Football (Soccer)||Luton Town F.C.||Midfielder|
|22||Wouter Burger||Football (Soccer)||FC Basel||Midfielder|
|23||Nina Burger||Football (Soccer)||SC Sand (Austria) / Houston Dash||Forward|
|24||Korbinian Burger||Football (Soccer)||Erzgebirge Aue (Germany)||Centre-back|
|25||Cindy Burger||Football (Soccer)||Netherlands||Midfielder|
|26||Patrick Bürger||Football (Soccer)||SC Pinkafeld (Austria)||Forward|
|27||Stefan Meusburger||Football (Soccer)||FC Wacker Innsbruck (Austria)||Defender|
|28||Joop Burgers||Football (Soccer)||Netherlands National Team||Midfielder|
|29||Jaroslav Burger||Football (Soccer)||Czechoslovakia||Midfielder|
|30||Adolf Burger||Football (Soccer)||Czechoslovakia||Midfielder|
|31||Karl Burger||Football (Soccer)||Germany Olympic||Midfielder/Coach|
|32||Cindy Burger||Football (Soccer)||The Hague, Netherlands||Midfielder|
|33||Kai Burger||Football (Soccer)||SC Fortuna Köln||Forward|
|34||Jiří Burger||Hockey||HC Vítkovice Ridera||Forward|
|35||Hubert Burger||Luge||Italy FIL Championships||Luger|
|36||Karin Burger||Netball||New Zealand||GK, GD, WD|
|37||Erin Burger||Netball||South Africa National Team||C, WA, WD|
|38||Magdalena Burger||Nordic Combined||SC Partenkirchen (Germany)||Cross-Country Skiing and Ski Jumping|
|40||Lynette Burger||Road Bicycle Racing||South Africa||Road Cyclist|
|41||Schalk Burger||Rugby Union||Sacacens||Flanker|
|42||Jacques Burger||Rugby Union||Saracens||Flanker|
|43||Philip Burger||Rugby Union||South Africa||Fullback|
|44||Schalk Burger Geldenhuys||Rugby Union||Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls)||Flanker|
|45||Tienie Burger (Martinus Abraham)||Rugby Union||Southern Kings||Flanker/Lock|
|47||Burger Lambrechts||Shot Putter||South Africa||Shot Putter|
|49||Cindy Burger||Tennis||Netherlands||Singles and Doubles|
|50||Elizabeth Burger||Tennis||USA||Singles and Doubles|
|51||Inga Burger||Tennis||Germany||Singles and Doubles|
|52||Maretha Burger||Tennis||South Africa||Singles and Doubles|
|53||Danie Burger (Michael Daniel)||Track and Field||Olympics South Africa||Hurdles, Pole Vault, Relay|
Joey Chestnut has just carved himself into the Mount Rushmore of All-Time Injured Athletes Who Won A Title. By winning with a ruptured tendon, hindered by crutches, and eating his way to a 15th title, Chestnut has cemented his legacy among the greatest athletes of all-time.
Most everyone agrees that Chestnut's already reached the upper echelons of every major category in competitive eating. However, today's championship victory was different. Eventhough Joey was hobbled on one leg, facing one of the biggest obstacles of his career, he still managed to out-eat every other challenger and leave them choking in his dust. And by doing so, ate his way onto a very short and distinguished list.
Competitive Eating Is A Real Sport
Before we continue, let's address the elephant in the room... competitive eating is a real sport. It takes months of preparation and training to reach the top of the eating championships, and it's just as challenging as any other athletic sport.
Chestnut deserves to be recognized on the same level as Lebron James, Mike Trout, or even Wayne Gretzky. Can any of those superstars eat 70 hotdogs in 10 minutes? I truly doubt it. So, let's put that question to rest and move on forward.
True Champions Endure The Pain
By capturing his 15th Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest, on crutches nonetheless, Joey Chestnut has chiseled his way onto an exclusive list, one which includes sports legends such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Whether it was a broken leg or the flu, both Woods and Jordan won titles while playing hurt.
So, while Chestnut's feats are unparalled in the world of competitve eating, he has done something that very few in any sport has done. He endured the pain and pushed himself to a 7th consecutive victory, even when the odds were heavily stacked against him. That's the mark of a real champion.
So, without further ado, here is the Mount Rushmore of the Greatest Athletes (from every sport) Who Won A Title While Injured.
All-Time Mount Rushmore Of Injured Athletes Winning A Title
|1||Michael Jordan||Basketball||1997||Flu-like symptoms||Chicago Bulls||The Flu Game|
|2||Jim McMahon||Football||1986||Every Part Of Body||Chicago Bears||Super Bowl XX|
|3||Joey Chestnut||Competitive Eating||2022||Ruptured Tendon||Solo||The Hotdog Crutch|
|4||Curt Schilling||Baseball||2004||Sutured Ankle||Boston Red Sox||Bloody Sock Game|
|5||Willis Reed||Basketball||1970||Thigh Muscle Tear||New York Knicks||Reed At The Garden|
|6||Tiger Woods||Golf||2008||Leg Stress Fracture||Solo||U.S. Open Win|
|7||Emmitt Smith||Football||1993||Separated Shoulder||Dallas Cowboys||Played With One Arm|
|8||Kirk Gibson||Baseball||1988||Two Bad Legs||Los Angeles Dodgers||Gibson Fist Pump|
|9||Kerri Strug||USA Gymnastics||1996||Injured Ankle||Team USA (Olympics)||The Perfect Vault|
If Joey Chestnut wins Nathan's Hotdog Competition tomorrow, he could join the Mount Rushmore of Championship Athletes competing injured. Who will forget Michael Jordan and his infamous flu game? Or Curt Schilling pitching for Boston in a bloody sock? Or even Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open on a broken leg?
All eyes will be on Joey Chestnut tomorrow, as many question whether this is the biggest challenge of his career. For the first time ever, Chestnut will be competitive eating with a severe injury, after an unfortunate accident ruptured his tendon, that will force him to eat on crutches.
Do You Believe In Miracles?
However, nothing may be more miraculous than a severely injured man eating over 70 hotdogs on hobbled legs. Few realize the endurance and skill it takes to be successful in competitive eating, which can take months of both mental and physical training. If Chestnut can pull off another Hotdog Eating Championship win, he could easily be mentioned in the same breath as Schilling, Woods, and yes... even Michael Jordan.
If we dive in even deeper, it could even be argued that Chestnut's Mustard Belts are more impressive than Jordan's six basketball titles with the Chicago Bulls. With another win, Joey's 15 Hotdog Eating Championships would far surpass Jordan's 6 Basketball Championships. Some could even argue that Jordan won his Championships in a team sport, while Chestnut had to win his Mustard Belts alone.
The Legacy Grows
However, that's a conversation saved for another day, as we wait for tomorrow's 2022 Nathan's Hotdog Eating Competition. If Chestnut can win while injured, he will definitely be added to the "Mount Rushmore of Injured Athletes Winning a Title".
Chestnut will going for his 7th straight win, and 15th win overall, which will add to his illustrious collection of Mustard Belts. Regardless the outcome, he is already the undisputed leader in Competitive Eating Hot Dog competitions, and nobody else comes even close.
Almost 8 years ago, on July 26, 2013, Reza Aslan appeared in an interview on Fox News and made meme history by defending his book and himself against an unprepared news host. From start to finish, anyone who saw the interview walked away impressed by Aslan's ability to counter every attack thrown at him.
Hotdog Comedy At Its Best
Five days later, on July 31, 2013, a Comedy Channel named "Above Average" created a hilarious parody that imagined what would happen if Aslan were defending his hotdog eating abilities instead of his book on religion. It is quite an interesting and humorous metaphor.
Below is the original interview between Reza Aslan and the Fox News Host.
And now here is the Above Average parody of a comedian pretending to be Aslan defending his ability to competively eat hotdogs.
The most fascinating thing is that they chose Competitive Hotdog Eating as the main metaphor in this parody. It shows us how a sandwich can represent something more than just food. It can also be used as a tool to express an idea and give commentary on everyday life.
The legend of Joey Chestnut continues to grow as he claimed his 14th Nathan's Hotdog Eating Championship last weekend by eating 76 Hotdogs and Buns in 10 minutes. He broke his previous World Record of 75 in a unparalleled display of sandwich eating dominance.
The next closest competitor was Geoffrey Esper in 2nd place, finishing with an impressive total of 50 Hotdogs and Buns. However, we feel it's fair to say that Chestnut blew away his competition and it wasn't even close. In the world of Competive Eating, we may never see this level of excellence again, so we should enjoy it while we can.
Currently, Joey Chestnut holds 46 World Records in 46 different disciplines, which is a World Record for World Records.1 In order to fully understand the Chestnut phenomenon, we have to take a look at his current slate of achievements.
Joey Chestnut's List of World Records1
|Type of Food||World Record||Location or Event||Time (Minutes)||Date|
|Hot Dogs||76 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns||Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City||10||July 4th, 2021|
|Pork, Pulled Sandwiches||45 pulled pork sandwiches||(location unknown)||10||Sept. 1, 2007|
|Tacos, Taco Bell||53 soft beef tacos||Taco Bell||10||July 29, 2011|
|Chicken Wings, 12 minutes||7.61 lbs Buffalo Chicken Wings||(location unknown)||12||September 2, 2012|
|Chicken Wings, Long form||182 chicken wings||(location unknown)||30||(date unknown)|
|Hamburgers: Krystals||103 Krystal Burgers||(location unknown)||8||October 28, 2007|
|Meat Pies||23 6oz Meat Pies||Silver Slipper Meat Pie Eating Championship||10||March 5, 2016|
|Donuts, Glazed||55 Glazed Donuts||Salvation Army National Donut Day||8||June 2, 2017|
|Eggs||141 Hard Boiled Eggs||(location unknown)||8||Oct. 5, 2013|
|Asparagus||12 lbs 8.75 oz Deep Fried Asparagus Spears||Stockton Asparagus Festival||10||Apr. 26, 2014|
|Pork Ribs||13.76 lb pork rib meat||John Ascuaga's Nugget||12||August 28, 2013|
|Corned Beef Sandwiches||20 8-oz sandwiches||TooJay's Corned Beef Eating Championship||10||March 17, 2012|
|Apple Pie||4.375 Three-Pound Apple Pies||Mapleside Farms||8||Sept. 13, 2013|
|Philly CheeseSteaks||23 6" sandwiches||Dorney Park||10||May 14, 2011|
|Funnel Cake||5.9 lbs||Kings Dominion||10||May 23, 2009|
|Fish Tacos||30 6oz. Joeys Seafood Restaurants Fish Tacos||(location unknown)||5||August 7, 2014|
|Tacos, Traditional (Three-Inch Tortilla)||126 Tacos||Mystic Lake Casino Hotel||8||May 5, 2017|
|Mutton Sandwiches||81 4oz Sandwiches||Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival||10||May 12, 2018|
|Jalapeno Poppers||118 Jalapeno Poppers||University of Arizona||10||April 8, 2006|
|Pepperoni Rolls||36 Pepperoni Rolls||WV Three Rivers Festival||10||May 27, 2017|
|Shrimp Wontons||390 shrimp wontons||CP Biggest Eater Competition 2011-12||8||February 11, 2012|
|Pork, Pulled||9 Pounds, 6 Ounces Smoked, Pulled Pork||Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs||10||Sept. 16, 2006|
|Horseshoe Sandwiches||6 lbs, 5 oz horseshoe sandwiches||(location unknown)||12||(date unknown)|
|Pork, Pulled Sliders||62 pulled pork sliders||(location unknown)||10||March 28, 2014|
|San Pedro Fish Market Shrimp||7lb San Pedro Fish Market Shrimp||San Pedro, CA||8||May 28, 2018|
|Canteen Sandwiches||18.5 Canteen Sandwiches||Ottumwa, IA||10||June 2, 2018|
|Gyros||30 8-oz Gyros||Niko Niko's Gyros||10||May 15, 2016|
|Burritos, Long Form||14.5 lbs burritos||Illegal Pete's Burritos||10||May 28, 2016|
|Twinkies||121 Twinkies||Bally's Casino-Tunica||6||Oct. 26, 2013|
|Boysenberry Pie||14.5lb of pie||Knotts Berry Farm||8||March 19, 2016|
|Tamales||102 Tamales||Lewisville Western Days Festival||12||Sept. 29, 2012|
|Gyoza||384 Day-Lee Foods gyoza||Los Angeles Nisei Week||10||August 16, 2014|
|Pastrami||25 7oz half Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami Sandwiches||(location unknown)||10||June 2, 2013|
|Gumbo||15 16oz bowls (1.875 gallons)||World Record Gumbo||8||November 7, 2015|
|Ice-Cream Sandwiches||25.5 Baked Bear Ice-Cream Sandwiches||San Diego, CA||6||June 3, 2018|
|Grilled Cheese Sandwiches||47 grilled cheese sandwiches||(location unknown)||10||June 10, 2006|
|Poutine||28 lb||Smoke's Poutinerie Poutine||10||Oct. 19, 2019|
|Shrimp Cocktail||18lb 9.6oz St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail||Indianapolis, IN||8||December 1, 2018|
|Hostess® Donettes®||257 Hostess® Donettes®||Philadelphia, PA||6||June 1, 2018|
|Salt Potatoes||13 lbs Salt Potatoes||Wild Carp Week||10||May 14, 2011|
|Turkey (Whole)||9.35 lbs whole turkey||Foxwoods Turkey Eating Championship||10||November 22, 2014|
|Pierogi||165 Pierogi||Horseshoe Casino||8||October 8, 2014|
|White Hut Cheeseburgs||52 Cheeseburgs||The Big E Fair||10||September 23, 2017|
|Pizza Hut P'Zones||7.5 Pizza Hut P'Zones||Pizza Hut Chow-Lenge @ Spike Awards||10||June 4, 2011|
|Kolache Factory Kolaches||56 Sausage and Cheese Kolaches||Kolache Factory in Houston, TX||8||Sept. 14, 2007|
|Brain Tacos||54 Brain Tacos||Zombie Pub Crawl||8||Oct. 12, 2013|
|Croquetas||185 Catalina croquetas||Miami, FL||8||March 10, 2019|
In celebration of the 4th of July and the 245th Birthday of America, we have created a list honoring the last 50 plus years of Nathan's World Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Over the last week, we have been searching for an easy-to-read list of previous contest winners to no avail, so we decided to create our own.
All-Time List of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champions
|Year||Champion (Men's or Unisex)||Hot Dogs||Champion (Women's)||Hot Dogs||Time|
|2023||Joey Chestnut||62||Miki Sudo||39.5||10||7/4/2023||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2022||Joey Chestnut||63||Miki Sudo||40||10||7/4/2022||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2021||Joey Chestnut||76||Michelle Lesco||30.75||10||7/4/2021||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2020||Joey Chestnut||75||Miki Sudo||48.5||10||7/4/2020||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2019||Joey Chestnut||71||Miki Sudo||31||10||7/4/2019||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2018||Joey Chestnut||74||Miki Sudo||37||10||7/4/2018||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2017||Joey Chestnut||72||Miki Sudo||41||10||7/4/2017||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2016||Joey Chestnut||70||Miki Sudo||38.5||10||7/4/2016||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2015||Matt Stonie||62||Miki Sudo||38||10||7/4/2015||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2014||Joey Chestnut||61||Miki Sudo||34||10||7/4/2014||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2013||Joey Chestnut||69||Sonya Thomas||36.75||10||7/4/2013||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2012||Joey Chestnut||68||Sonya Thomas||45||10||7/4/2012||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2011||Joey Chestnut||62||Sonya Thomas||40||10||7/4/2011||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2010||Joey Chestnut||54||Unisex Event||10||7/4/2010||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2009||Joey Chestnut||68||Unisex Event||10||7/4/2009||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2008||Joey Chestnut||59||Unisex Event||10||X||7/4/2008||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2007||Joey Chestnut||66||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2007||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2006||Takeru Kobayashi||53.75||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2006||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2005||Takeru Kobayashi||49||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2005||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2004||Takeru Kobayashi||53.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2004||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2003||Takeru Kobayashi||44||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2003||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2002||Takeru Kobayashi||50.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2002||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2001||Takeru Kobayashi||50||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2001||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|2000||Kazutoyo Arai||25||Unisex Event||12||7/4/2000||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1999||Steve Keiner||21.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1999||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1998||Hirofumi Nakajima||19||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1998||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1997||Hirofumi Nakajima||24.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1997||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1996||Hirofumi Nakajima||23.25||Unisex Event||12||12/4/1996||One-On-One Challenge With Japan|
|1996||Ed Krachie||22||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1996||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1995||Ed Krachie||19.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1995||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1994||Mike DeVito||20||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1994||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1993||Mike DeVito||17||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1993||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1993||Mike DeVito||18||Unisex Event||12||10/27/1993||One-On-One Challenge With Japan|
|1992||Frankie Dellarosa||19||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1992||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1991||Frankie Dellarosa||21||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1991||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1990||Mike DeVito/Jay Green||15||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1990||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1989||Jay Green||15.5||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1989||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1988||Jay Green||10||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1988||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1987||Don Wolfman||13.5||Unisex Event||10||7/4/1987||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1986||Mark Heller||15||Unisex Event||10||7/4/1986||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1986||Hiroaki Tominaga||10.5||Unisex Event||10||2/11/1986||One-On-One Challenge With Japan|
|1985||Oscar Rodriguez||11||Unisex Event||12||7/4/1985||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1984||Birgit Felden||9.5||Birgit Felden (Unisex Event)||9.5||10||7/4/1984||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1983||Emil Gomez||10.5||Unisex Event||10||7/4/1983||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1982||Steven Abrams||11||Unisex Event||10||7/5/1982||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1981||Thomas DeBerry||11||Unisex Event||5||7/4/1981||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1980||Joe Baldini/Paul Siederman||9.75||Unisex Event||10||X||7/4/1980||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1979||Luther Frazier/Jim Mattner||14||Unisex Event||10||X||7/4/1979||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1978||Manel Hollenback/Kevin Sinclair||10||Unisex Event||6.5||Memorial Day||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1975||Lonnie Brown||8||Sharlene Smith||8.5||3.5||Memorial Day||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1974||Walter Paul/Paul Sirop||-||Unisex Event||-||Labor Day||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1974||Roberto Muriel||10||Unisex Event||3.5||7/4/1974||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1974||John Connolly||9||Unisex Event||2.5||4/7/1974||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1973||(Unknown)||-||Unisex Event||-||7/4/1973||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1973||(Cancelled)||-||Unisex Event||-||4/7/1973||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1972||Melody Andorfer||12||Melody Andorfer (Unisex Event）||12||5||Labor Day||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1972||Jason Schechter||14||Unisex Event||3.5||Memorial Day||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|
|1967||Walter Paul||127||Unisex Event||60||6/30/1967||Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest|