Sports Stars Born in 1979

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 386

  • Jan 4 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver, born in Le Chesnay, Yvelines
  • Jan 5 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer, born in Bray, County Wicklow
  • Jan 8 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer, born in Călinești, Romania
  • Jan 8 Seol Ki-hyeon, South Korean footballer, born in Jeongseon County, South Korea
  • Jan 8 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer, born in Split, Croatia
  • Jan 12 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • Jan 12 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Drew Brees

Jan 15 Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas

  • Jan 15 Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Vratsa, Bulgaria
  • Jan 16 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Carlyle, Canada
  • Jan 16 Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chapleau, Canada
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Walker, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2016), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 18 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player, born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 18 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer, born in Cascais, Portugal
  • Jan 19 Josu Sarriegi, Spanish football player, born in Lazkao, Spain
  • Jan 19 Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast, born in Belgorod, Russia
  • Jan 21 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 21 Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • Jan 23 Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Jan 23 Larry Hughes, American basketball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Gabe Jennings, American distance runner, born in California
  • Jan 25 Pi Hongyan, Chinese-born French badminton player, born in Chonqing, China
  • Jan 27 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • Jan 27 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • Jan 27 Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 28 Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
  • Jan 29 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player, born in Qingdao, China
  • Jan 30 Karen Smith, Australian hockey player (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 1 Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian soccer defender (79 caps; Flamengo, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Internacional), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 2 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • Feb 2 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • Feb 2 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 4 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • Feb 7 Daniel Bierofka, German football player and coach, born in Munich, West Germany
  • Feb 7 Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • Feb 8 Aaron Cook, American baseball player, born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Feb 9 "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • Feb 9 Akinora Iwamura, Japanese professional baseball infielder (NPB,1998-2006. 2011-14; MLB 2007-10), born in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
  • Feb 10 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Feb 12 Antonio Chatman, NFL wide receiver and punt returner, born in Jackson, Alabama
  • Feb 12 Matt Mauck, NFL player, born in Jasper, Indiana
  • Feb 13 Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
  • Feb 14 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Feb 15 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • Feb 15 Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Feb 16 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle road racer (MotoGP World C'ship 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09; 250cc World C'ship 1999; 125cc World C'ship 1997), born in Urbino, Italy
  • Feb 17 Josh Willingham, American MLB baseball outfielder, 2004-14 (Florida MArlins, and 4 other teams), born in Florence, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 19 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • Feb 19 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • Feb 21 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
  • Feb 22 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer, born in Bankstown, Australia
  • Feb 24 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • Feb 26 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver, born in San Basilio, Argentina
  • Feb 26 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer, born in Guimarães, Portugal
  • Feb 28 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Feb 28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Feb 28 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • Feb 28 Virginia Ledgerwood, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chester, Virginia
  • Mar 1 Mikkel Kessler, Danish boxer (WBA super-middleweight title x 3; WBC title x 2; IBA title 2002), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mar 2 Damien Duff, Irish soccer winger (100 caps, Republic of Ireland; Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Fulham), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 4 Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 5 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter (Olympic gold women's 75kg 2004; World C'ship gold 1998, 99), born in Yantai, China
  • Mar 6 Erik Bedard, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 6 Ryan Nyquist, American BMX rider, born in Los Gatos, California
  • Mar 11 Elton Brand, American NBA basketball player, 1999-2016 (Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and 3 other teams), and general manager (76ers, 2018-present), born in Cortlandt Manor, New York
  • Mar 11 Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • Mar 12 David Williams, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2001-07 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 2 other teams), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Mar 12 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 13 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Mar 13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (4 × MLB All-Star; AL Cy Young 2004, 06; Triple Crown 2006; Gold Glove 2007; no-hitter 2012; Minnesota Twins, NY Mets), born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • Mar 14 Love [Arsénio Sebastião Cabungula], Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Mar 14 Nicolas Anelka, French footballer, born in Le Chesnay, France
  • Mar 14 Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
  • Mar 15 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Edison Méndez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 17 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • Mar 19 Christos Patsatzoglou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 19 Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • Mar 19 Hee-Seop Choi, Korean baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 20 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • Mar 20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • Mar 22 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player, born in Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • Mar 23 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • Mar 23 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • Mar 24 Graeme Swann, English cricket spin bowler (60 Tests, 255 wickets, BB 6/65; 79 ODIs; 39 T20I; Northamptonshire CCC, Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Northampton, England
  • Mar 24 Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • Mar 26 Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer (Rangers), born in Ferrol, Spain
  • Mar 26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 27 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Apr 1 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer (198 caps; Olympic gold 2004; World C'ship gold 2003), born in Split, Croatia
  • Apr 1 Ruth Beitia, Spanish athlete (Olympic gold women's high jump 2016), born in Santander, Spain
  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 5 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • Apr 7 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • Apr 8 Jeremy Guthrie, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2004-17 (Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and 3 other teams), born in Roseburg, Oregon
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
  • Apr 16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer (England national team World Cup 2010), born in Eye, England
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer, born in Pohang, South Korea
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver, born in Newtonhill, Scotland
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • May 1 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 1 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps; Benetton Treviso, Stade Français), born in Padova, Italy
  • May 2 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • May 2 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • May 7 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • May 9 Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • May 12 Andre Carter, American football player and coach, born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 12 Steve Smith, American football player, orn in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (50 caps; LDU Quito, Al-Sadd), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • May 14 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • May 15 Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista, Mexican professional footballer, 1998-2016, born in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
  • May 17 Wayne Thomas, English footballer, born in Gloucester, England
  • May 18 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer (Crystal Palace), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 18 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer (Shakhtar Donetsk), born in Legnica, Poland
  • May 18 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • May 19 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • May 19 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 21 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian Mexican footballer, born in Morón, Argentina
  • May 21 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter, born in Reno, Nevada
  • May 23 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 24 Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida
  • May 25 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • May 25 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • May 26 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • May 27 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • May 28 Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • May 29 Arne Friedrich, German soccer defender, coach (Germany 82 caps, Hertha BSC), born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • May 30 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 1 Ladislav Nagy, Slovak ice hockey left wing (World C'ship gold 2002; NHL: SL Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, LA Kings), born in Šaca, Slovakia
  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American NFL wide receiver / punt returner (Pro Bowl 2005; New York Jets, Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese soccer forward (57 caps; Hamburg S-V, Urawa Reds), born in Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jun 7 Hilary Lunke, American golfer (US Open 2003), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football tight end (Super Bowl 2006; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 2009; Indianapolis Colts), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian sprinter (Olympic gold, 2004), born in Brest, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player, born in Montclair, California
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles, Rookie of the Year 2001), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer (Bournemouth), born in Glasgow
  • Jun 26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jun 26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Andy O'Brien, Irish soccer defender (26 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newcastle United), born in Harrogate, England
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)

Joe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
  • Jul 3 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress (Swimming Pool), born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek soccer defender (61 caps; Panathinaikos, Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, AEK Athens, Liverpool), born in Trikala, Greece
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Mihaylovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter, born in Corfu, Greece
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh soccer forward (78 caps; Newcastle United, Norwich City, Manchester City), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier, born in Saalburg-Ebersdorf, East Germany
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About 1979

How Old? 42 or 43 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Feb 7, 1978 - Jan 27, 1979),
Goat/Sheep (Jan 28, 1979 - Feb 15, 1980)