Top 10 Jewish Athletes
Shalom Life compiles a list of the top active Jewish athletes
With each passing year, more and more Jewish athletes are making the big leagues.
With star athletes in each of the North American "Big Four" leagues and beyond, Jews appear to be earning more roster spots than ever before, with dozens still toiling in the minor leagues as well.
Enjoy as Shalom Life presents its list of the the Top 10 Jewish Athletes.
Goldberg is a 31-year-old offensive tackle who last played for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. During his college football career at Wyoming, Goldberg was voted a captain by his teammates in 2001, becoming just the third junior in the university’s football history to be elected a team captain. He was an Honourable Mention on the All-America team and was twice named a First-team All-Mountain West Conference player. Goldberg signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and started the last six games of the 2004 season, along with two postseason games. After the 2005 campaign in which he started 12 times, Goldberg was traded to the Rams where he has played ever since. He was re-signed by the Rams in 2009 for two years and is currently a free agent. He has received a tryout offer from the Chicago Bears.
For years, Farmar was the lone Jewish player in the NBA, and the first since Danny Schayes. Drafted 26th overall in 2006, Farmar broke into the league the following season with the L.A. Lakers. The point guard played in Los Angeles for four seasons, winning two championship rings. He signed a three-year contract with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) in the summer of 2010, serving as the backup to former Nets point guard Devin Harris and later to Deron Williams. Farmar averaged 9.6 points per game and a career high 5.0 assists per game in his first year in New Jersey. He opened the 2011-12 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a one-year contract with the Israeli club in wake of the 2011 NBA lockout. During the shortened NBA season, Farmar battled lingering groin injuries and was limited to 39 games, during which he averaged a career-high 10.4 points per game and shot a career-best 44 per cent from 3-point range. The 25-year-old was traded to the Atlanta Hawks earlier this month and immediately bought out, before signing with Turkish club Anadolu Efes.
Halpern, 36, began his career with the Washington Capitals in 1999, a year after graduating from Princeton University. In just his second season, Halpern scored over 20 goals and 40 points and in 2003-04, he scored a career-best 46 points. Following the 2005 NHL lockout, he was named captain of the capitals and scored 44 points, including a career-high 33 assists in 70 games during the 2005-06 season. Halpern sat out a game at the beginning of the season to observe Yom Kippur. He spent the next two years with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played for three seasons. In 2008, he captained the United States national team during the World Hockey Championships in eastern Canada. After a brief stint with the L.A. Kings late in 2010, Halpern played for the Montreal Canadiens for a year along with fellow Jewish star Mike Cammalleri. Halpern returned to the Capitals for the 2011-12 season and signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers earlier this month. In 861 career regular season games, Halpern has amassed 146 goals and 212 assists, totaling 358 points. He has reached 40-point plateau four times and the 20-goal mark twice.
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