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Rooting for a team is one thing, would you name your pet after your favorite player? This year, the pet insurance company found that people are more likely to have a pet named after a Kansas City Chiefs player, compared to the San Francisco 49ers.
Each year, PetFirst Pet Insurance tests team loyalty by analyzing its nationwide database of cat and dog policyholders to see what teams inspire the most pet names.
“Rooting for a team is fun, but naming your beloved cat or dog means a true commitment,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst. “Every year, we like to measure fan devotion by comparing names.”
There are 513 pets in the database who share names with Chiefs players, while 365 share names with 49ers. That is despite San Francisco being a larger city with nearly five times as many PetFirst customers as Kansas City.
In addition, there were 24 pets named “Chief,” up 20 percent from last year. There was even one dog named KC Chief. Alas, none were named 49er. (In fairness, it doesn’t roll off the tongue when calling your pet.)
The most popular NFL team pet name hails from Chicago with more than 130 Bears. In a distant second place was Baltimore with 38 Ravens. New York placed third with 26 Jets.
Overall, Sammy Watkins, Chiefs wide receiver, and Chiefs Offensive Tackle Jackson Barton were the most likely individual players to be namesakes – with 69 Sammys and 84 Jacksons.
Joe Montana, the retired quarterback who played for both the 49ers and Chiefs, also appears on the roster of names, with 9 Joes and 6 Montanas.