A History of Athlete Name Changes

Akeem Olajuwon to Hakeem Olajuwon

Sport: Basketball
Year: 1991

After making his Muslim religion a bigger priority in his life, Hakeem Olajuwon made an alteration to his name that if you blink, you'll miss. That's because on March 9, 1991, Akeem changed it to the proper Arabic spelling, "Hakeem," In response to the change, Olajuwon said, "I'm not changing the spelling of my name, I'm correcting it." All good. You'll forever be "The Dream" to us, regardless.

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