A History of Athlete Name Changes

Will Peterson to William James

Sport: Football
Year: 2006

After leaving the Giants for what he thought was the greener grass of Philadelphia, Will Peterson left something else behind: his birth name. Because he wanted "a change in my mind-state," the NFL cornerback became known as William James. How has that new mind-state worked out? Since leaving the Eagles in 2008, James is looking for a fifth team to take a chance on him for next season. Different names but the scrub remains the same.

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