5 Surprising FILIPINO Athletes in American Sports

5 Surprising FILIPINO Athletes in American Sports

Hey guys, it’s Frank here! Let’s get back to it with another video
featuring Filipinos in popular media. This time, let’s focus on Filipino athletes
in popular sports. For the sake of this video, I will only be
featuring Pinoy athletes who are currently or have been active in American sports league
associations. This means athletes who currently play or
compete in sports teams in the Philippines or outside of the United States will be excluded
but may be featured in a future video. Also, I won’t be including Manny Pacquiao
because that would be way too obvious, but just know that he gets an honorable mention. Also shoutout to David who suggested I make
this video! Now let’s get started! Timothy Leroy Lincecum is a professional baseball
starting pitcher who pitched in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants from
2007 to 2015 and for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016. Lincecum helped the Giants win three World
Series championships in a five-year span. Lincecum was the team’s ace starter in 2010
and as a relief pitcher in 2012 and 2014, winning the Babe Ruth Award in 2010 as the
most valuable player of the MLB postseason. Tim was nicknamed “The Freak” for his ability
to generate powerful pitches from his athletic but slight physique at 5 feet 11 inches and
weighing 170 pounds. This power pitcher led the National League
in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings pitched for three consecutive years in a span
from 2008 to 2010 as well as shutouts in 2009, helping Lincecum win consecutive Cy Young
Awards in 2008 and 2009 to become the first MLB pitcher to win the award in his first
two full seasons. Tim’s mother, Rebecca Asis, is the daughter
of Filipino immigrants, making him half-Filipino. Although he wasn’t close with his mother
and hasn’t had many Filipino traditions instilled in him throughout his life, Tim
mentions that he is very superstitious, especially before games, a trait that most Filipinos
seem to exhibit as well. Jordan Taylor Clarkson is a professional basketball
player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. After foregoing his senior year in college
to enter the 2014 NBA draft, Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards in the
second round with the 46th overall pick and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles
Lakers. In his first year, he was named to the NBA
All-Rookie First Team. Jordan is a dual Philippine and American citizen. He is the second person of Filipino descent
to play in the NBA since Raymond Townsend played from 1978 to 1982. Jordan’s dad Mike Clarkson, is African American,
and his mom, Annette Davis, is half Filipina. They met in the US Air Force Reserve and Jordan
was born in the United States. His parents divorced when he was young, and
his father remarried. In 2015, Jordan was in discussions on the
possibility of also playing with the Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team. FIBA, the International Basketball Federation
had ruled that Jordan was eligible to be a member of the Philippines team due to his
Filipino mother. However Jordan ultimately passed on the opportunity
due to a schedule conflict between the LA Lakers training camp and the Philippines national
team playoff schedule. Even if Jordan had played for the Philippines,
he would have missed crucial playoff games due to the Lakers training camp taking top
priority. Tedy Lacap Bruschi is a former professional
American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen
seasons. He played college football for the University
of Arizona, and was a two-time consensus All-American. He was drafted by the New England Patriots
in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and played his entire professional career
with the Patriots. Tedy won three Super Bowls and was a two-time
All-Pro selection. Tedy was the first player in NFL history to
return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns and his career total of four interceptions
returned for touchdowns ranks second in Patriots history. He is tied for fourth in NFL history among
linebackers, and Tedy is the only Patriots linebacker to return multiple interceptions
for touchdowns in a single season (2002 and 2003). Additionally, since 2002 Tedy’s defensive
play has created seven defensive touchdowns. Although he was born in San Francisco, California,
Tedy’s paternal grandparents were from Bedonia in Italy while his mother is of Filipino ancestry. Americans usually don’t use their mothers’
maiden names for their middle names but Tedy was once asked in an interview if his “unique
middle name” had any special meaning to which he answered, “It happens to be my
mother’s maiden name. Her name was Juanita Lacap before she married
my dad. My sister, my brother and I all have the same
middle name. It’s sort of a way of showing respect to
your mother’s family. That way the Lacap name can live on.” David Michael Bautista Jr. is an American
actor, semi-retired professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder. From the early to mid 2000s, he was signed
to WWE under the ring name Batista, where he became a six-time world champion. In August 2012, Bautista signed a contract
to fight in mixed martial arts. He won his MMA debut on October 6, 2012 via
TKO in the first round. He was representing the Philippines during
the fight. Bautista first entered the world of acting
in 2006. As an actor, Bautista has starred in many
movies. He is best known for his role as Drax in the
Marvel Cinematic Universe, portraying the character in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians
of the Galaxy Vol. 2. His mother, Donna Raye has Greek ancestry,
and his father, David Michael Bautista, is of Filipino descent. His paternal grandfather served in the Philippines
military, worked as a taxicab driver and barber, and held other jobs to feed the family. Years back, Bautista, then a professional
wrestler, was left dumbfounded after learning of his massive Filipino fanbase. He says, “I didn’t really make the connection. I couldn’t understand why they looked up to
me so much and it was really odd for me.” He only began to understand the fanfare surrounding
him when he visited the Philippines. “They really accepted me as one of their own,
even if I was born in the United States,” he shared. “And they said, ‘It’s not often that the Filipino
people get to be inspired by one of their own.’ And from then on, I never took it for granted. It is still so humbling to hear that.” Pointing to the tattoo he has on his shoulder,
he added: “I love it and I wear the Filipino flag on my shoulder all the time with pride.” Timothy Richard Tebow is a former professional
American football quarterback and current professional baseball outfielder in the New
York Mets organization. Tebow was selected by the Denver Broncos in
the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and spent two seasons with the team. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012. Additionally, he had preseason stints with
the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Tebow announced he would pursue a
career in professional baseball and signed a minor league contract with the New York
Mets on September 8. Tebow’s parents—Pamela and Robert—met
while attending the University of Florida in the late 1960s. Although they are not of Filipino descent,
in 1985, his family moved to the Philippines where they served as Baptist missionaries
and built a ministry. 2 years later, his mother gave birth to him
in Makati City. In fact, Tim has a special affinity with Filipinos. After all, he was born and spent most of his
early life in the Philippines. Because of this special connection, Tim’s
charitable organization the “Tim Tebow Foundation” often conducts missionary trips to the Southeast
Asian country. Tim has said in a People magazine interview:
“I love the Filipino people – they’re some of the friendliest, warmest, nicest people
in the world. And, to be able to come back here and care
for them and love them, well it’s truly a dream come true.” During his most recent trip, Tebow visited
an orphanage and shared inspiring messages to people in schools and prisons. He also visited the Tebow CURE Hospital, a
facility in Davao that his foundation opened in 2014. It’s good to see how tied into their culture
these athletes are, and although they may not be 100% Filipino, they still carry some
lineage and traditions with them. It’s good to see that they have not forgotten
their roots which I think has helped paved the way in their success. Let me know in the comments below of other
Filipino athletes in American sports that I may have missed because I’m sure there
are a few. Also, which one surprised you the most? Leave a comment and let me know! Also if you enjoyed this video, please visit
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100 Replies to “5 Surprising FILIPINO Athletes in American Sports”

  1. Lincecum's superstitions has absolutely nothing to do with him being Filipino. Almost every baseball player is superstitious

  2. You missed Roman Ildefonso Gabriel Jr.. He was a second overall draft pick in the NFL. He was a quarterback for the LA Rams for 11 years and 5 years for the Philadelphia Eagles. His father is Filipino and his mom is is American. He played in the NFL in the late 60's and 70's. He was a good quarterback. I think he was 6'5"

  3. It’s either that you’re an idiot or you’re trying to attract attention to your YouTube business here by owning these American athletes as Filipinos. Most of these athletes you mention probably don’t even have a clue where the Philippines is on the map!!! Next time do not claim these Americans as Filipinos do you understand!!!

  4. Frank Bernard you don’t even know your true identity shame on you you are a Filipino and a white American person you try to own these American athletes as your own just take a look at your self in front of a mirror. you probably do not have a clue on what you have posted on YouTube shame on you!!!!!!

  5. Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks. He's half filipino and even carried the Phillippine flag onto the field in a game.

  6. Filipino lady once told me cause I don't speak the language I am not Filipino. …although I was born in Manila and adopted by white parents.

  7. PBA player Gabe Norwood's brother Jordan Norwood played for the Denver Broncos and won Super Bowl 50 and also setting a record of longest punt return.

  8. Lincecum said that as a young pitcher his dad would put dollar on the ground. He would have to pick it up on his follow through after he pitched the ball. That's how he developed the rear leg kick and outrageous follow through.

  9. Filipino, the good-generally very respectful people, kind, inexpensive to live there, a lot of slim, very hot women, some great food-the fish is great, simple lifestyle, warm/hot and humid weather-good and bad. The bad-corrupt police and public officials. The police are known to kidnap you and hold you hostage unless you pay them off. They are always on the take. Very bad health care, educational system, some food is not really food – pigs blood, worms, etc., over crowding. They want a tip for anything/everything. One guy pointed out where the bathroom was. He wanted a tip. Huh? Most are respectfully nice but you never know if they're being nice to get your money in some way. If you speak English, the price goes up exponentially for a cab, tricycle or anything you're buying. Huge families with little to no means to support them. Tugs at your heart strings.

  10. Great vid! I'm half Filipino, half Mexican. I always say I'm flipican lol.had NO idea Lincecum was half flip!!! Very interesting !! There is one guy in the NFL u didmt mention and that's Roman Gabriel of the LA rams, who was QB for 10 years (mostly in 60's).. my middle name is gabriel, since my parents grew up in LA and are big rams fans. 😉

  11. Here is some great key information about the Philippine and latin history.

  12. very inappropriate for you to call them FILIPINO ATHLETES WHEN THEY ARE NOT. they are more appropriately called FILIPINO LINEAGE OR DESCENT.

  13. Roman Gabriel probably is the first Fil-Am sports person of note, QB of L.A. Rams (1962-1972) & Philadelphia Eagles (1973-1977). He's 50% Filipino, born to Edna Mae Wyatt and Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Sr., a Filipino immigrant.

  14. Wow! You missed so many….

    Doug Baldwin of Seahawks Football player won the Superbowl. He ran with the Philippines flag in the Football field.

  15. What's the term they using "Flip" there is no such term to call except Filipinos/Pilipino/Pinoy/Pinay 😀😁😃 anybody can have Filipino citizenship by appointment of the Pres. of the Philippines like Ronnie Nathaniels (deceased) a sport anchor who was originally from India got the Filipino citizenship given by the late Pres. Marcos! Alaska coach Alex Compthon an American born in the Philippines and married with Filipina, coach Norman Black, some national basketball players "Gilas" etc they can have Filipino citizenship if they wanted (because of good character & stayed long years in the Phil.)… just sharing information, peace!

  16. Tim Lincecum trully looks Filipino. I watched him play as an SF Giant and wondered if he had Filipino blood. Now i know and it's great.

  17. They're not Filipinos but half Filipino duh!! If you really wanted to be proud of Pinoy then check on Alphonse Areola the son of immigrants from the Philippines in France..

  18. COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!you claim them to be Filipinos..???????????????Funny, SELFISH CULTURE?????????????????

  19. Who cares if they are pinoy? I’m Filipino but I don’t see any big deal from this. There’s a lot of Mexicans, Americans , Italians, African in sports. There’s no difference between these race. Why is it it’s always a big deal if there’s a Filipino actor in the Hollywood or sports or wherever? It’s not a big deal for me.

  20. Here are some athletes you missed:
    NFL: Roman Gabriel, Doug Baldwin, Steve Slaton, Eugene Amano
    NBA: Nate Robinson
    MLB: Addison Russell, Benny Agbayani
    Swimming: Natalie Coughlin
    Golf: Jennifer Rosales, Jason Day
    Tennis: Cecil Mamiit
    Soccer: French goalie (can't think of his name)

  21. Why include bruschi hes been retired for so long, and including tebow thats a wack, hes an american just born in philippines. You said filipino athletes whos active in major sports. I dont know why you making video if you cant make your facts right. And you miss doug baldwin probably the best athlete with filipino blood outside pacquiao in major sports


  23. The Philippines citizenshi is based on jus sanguinis or citizenship by blood and not jus soli or citizenship by birth. That means Tim Tebow cannot be a filipino.

  24. Wesley So, chess grandmaster full blooded Filipino. US Chess Open champion and member of the US Chess Olympic Team. Born and raised in the Philippines was already an International Grandmaster when he transferred to the US Chess Federation.

  25. They are nit Filipinos until they declare they are,that is my opinion Jordan Clarkson for me is the real Filipino despite being half American,he is more proud than others

  26. They are nit Filipinos until they declare they are,that is my opinion Jordan Clarkson for me is the real Filipino despite being half American,he is more proud than others

  27. Matt Dumba. He's the only player in the NHL with Filipino roots (his mother), and is a very good. In fairness he's Filipino/Canadian. There is also Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat.

  28. All with a little drop of blood of Filipino is considered filipino whatever or no matter the nationality that's how Filipino decides there blood line

  29. MLB

    Chris Aguila – Florida Marlins outfielder (Filipino father)
    Benny Agbayani – retired outfielder
    Bobby Balcena – Cincinnati Reds outfielder
    Jason Bartlett – retired shortstop (Filipina mother)
    Bobby Chouinard – Baltimore Orioles pitcher
    Geno Espineli – retired pitcher SF Giants, pure Pinoy
    Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants pitcher (Filipina mother)
    Kyle Lohse – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher
    Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs shortstop/second basemen (mother is Filipina)
    Tyler Saladino – Chicago White Sox shortstop
    Brandon Villafuerte – retired pitcher
    Chase d'Arnaud – Atlanta Braves shortstop
    Travis d'Arnaud – New York Mets catcher

  30. Whoa! So Napanood ko ito noon at Di ko nakonneckt na ikaw din ang gumawa nito. Also, I really love the tradition of passing down the maiden name to the children in Pinoy culture. Whoa!! I didn’t realize the Guardians of the Galaxy guy was part Filipino!

  31. Mga Bobo! Hindi sila Filipino athlete kundi kalahati or meztizo lang!! At bakit mo siguradong proud sila sa pagka kalahating Pinoy? Kung gusto nyo ma proud sa kababayan natin eh iyung talagang pinoy talaga katulad ni Alfonse Areola na goalie sa French national team ng futbol( 6'5" mas matangkad pa keysa karamihan ng mga basketball players ng Pinas).Ang parents nya ay nag immigrate sa France bago siya pinanganak..

  32. Always half Punoy half this. Filipinos always have to rely on other races to enter the mainstream world

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