Leighton Vander Esch the last athlete to have a typo on his shirt

Things didn’t start well for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild card round against the San Francisco 49ers.

The visitors have scored on each of their first three possessions, and with the Cowboys struggling to get things done on the offensive side of football, the 49ers have a 13-0 early lead. Luckily for Dallas fans, the Cowboys managed to score a touchdown on the board and the teams headed to the locker room for halftime with the 49ers leading 16-7.

However, needing a comeback is just one of the problems the Cowboys face. Another one? The nameplate on the back of linebacker Leighton Vander Esch’s jersey:

It’s not the first time a name has been misspelled on a jersey. Let’s look at some other examples.

When the Indiana Hoosiers took the field to play in Iowa this season to start the 2021 campaign, freshman running back David Holloman wasn’t playing for Indiana University, but an entirely different state:

In April 2009, the Washington Nationals were still trying to find their way as a relatively new franchise in Major League Baseball.

For an early season game against the then Florida Marlins, two Nationals players – Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman – took to the field with something missing from the front of their jerseys.

An “O”.

During the 2003 baseball season, Anaheim Angels outfielder Adam Riggs took the field for a game against the Detroit Tigers with the team name misspelled on the front of his jersey:

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Dirk Nowitzki hit a milestone in the NBA in the 2018 season. In a game that year against the Los Angeles Clippers, he became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50. 000 minutes played.

He also did it while wearing a jersey with his name misspelled:

Everson Griffen has met a number of quarterbacks during his NFL career.

In the 2016 season, he met Houston Texans setter Brock Osweiler with his name misspelled on the back of his Minnesota Vikings jersey:


Some of the errors we saw are almost understandable.

But misspelled “Smith”?

It happened. In the 2013 NBA season, Jason Smith took the field for the New Orleans Hornets, but somehow his name got wrong on the back of his jersey:


Joe Carter was a hero for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series, delivering a home run to propel the Blue Jays to a win and the title in Game 6 of the series.

The following season he took the field, at least for one game, for the “Torotno” Blue Jays:

Winning a championship is a monumental event. As Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots once said, those moments are “hat and t-shirt” games. You win a game, you get a hat and a T-shirt.

The West Virginia men’s basketball team had one such game in 2007, when they won the NIT basketball tournament.

There was just one small problem:

For a March 2010 issue of Slam Magazine, John Calipari of the University of Kentucky with three of its players, including star freshman John Wall.

Wall’s jersey had a small error:

It’s one thing to misspell a player’s name, or even the name of the team or city, during a season. Players are traded, teams move, things happen.

But when you invite a retired legend to your stadium and you have weeks to prepare, you might want to choose the right name.

Someone forgot to tell English Premier League Tottenham when they invited The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, to a game:

Yes, despite being possibly the greatest hockey player in history, Wayne Gretzky has endured a number of misspelled jerseys.

During the 1997 season, while playing for the New York Rangers, The Great One took to the ice one night with a new variation of his last name on the back of his jersey:

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