IF HEADLINES WITH Clinton and Trump are bringing back bad memories from the 1990s, don't turn to the sports pages for respite. Two decades after Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Shaquille O'Neal arrived on the scene bearing monikers previously unused in their sports, a generation of namesakes are carrying on their legacies. And though Jalen Rose didn't have the same impact as a player, he appears to have had a lasting influence on many playing the name game. Jalen Mills, Jalen Ramsey and Jaylon Smith were all drafted into the NFL in April, while Jaylen Brown is projected to be a top 10 NBA pick in June. There are more where they came from. Forty-six of the 50 Jalens in Sports-Reference's college basketball database debuted in 2012 or later.
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PERCENT OF CHILDREN BORN WITH THE NAME
SOURCE: BEHIND THE NAME
JEFF R. BOTTARI/GETTY IMAGES (ROSE)
ROBERT BECK (BRYANT)
ROBERT LABERGE/GETTY IMAGES (MANNING)
WALTER IOOSS JR. (O'NEAL)