Eat like a pro (kind of): 8 athletes with namesake sandwiches

Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Athletes at the top of their game are recognized for their achievements in countless ways - typically via trophies, plaques, statues, All-Star Games, etc. However, no tribute is as delicious as a star getting their very own sandwich, created in their honor.

Derek Jeter’s playing days in New York may be done, but his Hall of Fame career has inspired New York’s Carnegie Deli to create “The Derek Jeter Triple Club Sandwich”  -  a turkey and bacon offering that is almost as monstrous as the legacy the shortstop is leaving behind.

While Jeter is the latest athlete to get his own sandwich, he’s certainly not the first. Here are some other sports stars that have the privilege of being able to order themselves off the menu:

  • 1
    Jeremy Lin

    via Ike's on Twitter

    New Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin has yet to play a game in the gold & purple but it’s clear that his reputation precedes him. Lin already has his own sandwich – predictably dubbed “Linsanity” – at Ike’s in Los Angeles. The sub features Turkey, Voodoo Heat Chips, GodFather Sauce, Avocado, Havarti and Siracha. Cost: $9.99

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    2The Melo Sandwich
    Carmelo Anthony
    Jeter isn’t the only New York athlete on the board at the Carnegie Deli. Carmelo Anthony also has his own offering, and – like the forward’s new contract with the Knicks – it’s very expensive. “The Melo Sandwich” features Pastrami, Corned Beef, Salami, Bacon, Tomato, and Russian Dressing on Rye Bread, and will run customers a cool $21.95.

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    3The 7 (Aka ‘The Roethlisburger’)
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Big Ben’s surname makes him pretty much a lock to have a meaty treat named after him, and Peppi’s Sandwich Shop in Pittsburgh was happy to do the honors. The sandwich has become so popular at the joint that their official tagline now reads “Peppi’s – Home of the Roethlisburger!” The sandwich is a “sausage and burger juggernaut” topped with egg and American cheese. Cost: $7.95

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    4The Tom Brady
    Tom Brady
    Whenever the Patriots quarterback goes back to his hometown of San Francisco, he has the ability to stop by local sandwich shop Ike’s and pick his own name off the sandwich board. “The Tom Brady” comes with Avocado, Cheddar, Garlic and Herb Sauce, Mushrooms, and breaded chicken, and is also offered in vegan form. Either one with cost you $13.31

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    5The Madison Bumgarner
    Madison Bumgarner

    via Ike's on Instagram

    Madison Bumgarner has one of the most popular items on Ike’s menu in California and, like the San Francisco Giants pitcher, it sounds like it brings the heat. The sandwich comes with Thinly Sliced Rib Eye, American Cheese, Habanero, Ike’s Yellow BBQ, and Pepper Jack. Cost: $9.99

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    6The Strasburger
    Stephen Strasburg

    via @AugensteinWTOP on Twitter

    Like Ben Roethlisberger, Strasburg getting a sandwich named after him was almost too easy. In fact, several places around D.C. have created their own “StrasBurger,” but none is more impressive than the one concocted by the Nationals themselves. The eight-pound monstrosity sold at Nationals Park is an all-beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs) that comes with American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and “secret sauce.” If you want to find out more terrifying information about this burger, please see our Concession Item of the Week post about it. Cost: $59

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    7Le Zlatan
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    The PSG soccer star gives defenders fits on the pitch, so it’s only appropriate that his name is associated with a sandwich that does the same to diners. Doddy's Café in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris serves up “Le Zlatan,” a 1.3 pound burger that features onions, bacon, and three cheeses. Gotta say, that seems like a pretty American thing for a French café. Cost: $41

  • 8
    Tim Tebow
    It’s not on the menu anymore (for obvious reasons) but the Carnegie Deli succumbed to Tebowmania quickly after the former quarterback was traded to the Jets in 2012. The sandwich – a 3.5-pound beast featuring corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on white bread – was designed to reflect Tebow’s clean-cut, poster boy image. Cost: $22.22

Pete Blackburn is a writer for Next Impulse Sports

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