Sports Sports figures who have supported Donald Trump Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the party's presumptive nominee, arrives at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2016. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm By amNY.com Updated May 18, 2016 2:23 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email With the 2016 presidential race heating up, here are various sports figures who have shown signs of support for presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump in one form or another. Tom Brady While Tom Brady has avoided officially endorsing Trump, the Patriots quarterback said during a Dec. 15, 2015, WEEI appearance that “Donald is a good friend of mine.” In addition, a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker last season. Adrien Broner Professional boxer Adrien Broner told Complex on May 4, 2016, that he plans to vote for Trump because “everything he’s saying is crazy, but everything he’s saying is correct.” Clay Buchholz Trump introduced Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz to his future wife, Buchholz told the Boston Globe on Feb. 16, 2016. Aside from Trump’s role as matchmaker, Buchholz said he endorses Trump because “he says what a lot of people think and don’t say.” John Daly PGA Tour golfer John Daly tweeted his support for Trump on March 1, 2016, saying that Trump is “not politics he’s business! It’s what our country needs.” Johnny Damon Former Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon reportedly endorsed Trump on March 9, 2016, telling the New York Daily News that he was “a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago.” Mike Ditka Pro Football Hall of Famer and former ESPN analyst Mike Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sept. 8, 2015 that he thinks Trump “has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way.” Bill Elliott NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, the father of NASCAR driver Chase Elliott, endorsed Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29, 2016. Chase Elliott NASCAR driver Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, endorsed Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29, 2016. Brian France NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France endorsed Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29, 2016. Mike Francesa WFAN host Mike Francesa has supported Trump several times on his afternoon radio show. Hulk Hogan Hulk Hogan didn’t just endorse Trump, he took it to another level. The former WWE wrestler told TMZ on Aug. 29, 2015, that he wants to be Trump’s vice president. Lou Holtz Former Notre Dame football coach and current ESPN analyst Lou Holtz endorsed Trump on May 2, 2016, in a video posted to Trump’s Twitter feed. Holtz said Trump “does nothing but go first class in everything.” Richie Incognito Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito tweeted his support for Trump on March 19, 2106. “On my way to the @realDonaldTrump rally. Let’s make America great again!!!” Incognito tweeted from Scottsdale, Arizona. Gene Keady Former Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene Keady introduced Trump at a rally in South Bend, Indiana, on May 3, 2016, saying that “we all now want to be united and be under the same type of safe situation in the United States and Mr. Trump is the answer to that.” Bobby Knight Former Indiana and Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight introduced Trump at a rally in Indianapolis on April 27, 2016, calling him “the most prepared man in history” to run for president. Robert Kraft Patriots owner Robert Kraft hasn’t formally endorsed Trump, but he said in a statement to the Boston Globe on Feb. 29, 2016, that he was “grateful” for his friendship with Trump. Matt Light Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light spoke at an invitation-only Trump rally in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Aug. 28, 2015. Nick Mangold Jets center Nick Mangold, who played at Ohio State, introduced Trump appeared at a rally in Ohio on March 12, 2016. Mark Martin Former NASCAR driver Mark Martin introduced Trump at a rally in North Carolina on March 7, 2016. Shawne Merriman Former Chargers and Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman told TMZ on Sept. 17, 2015, that Trump “has always been a good friend” of his. Ryan Newman NASCAR driver Ryan Newman endorsed Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29, 2016. Paul O’Neill Trump introduced former Yankees outfielder and current YES Network broadcaster Paul O’Neill at a nationally televised news conference in Jupiter, Florida, on March 8, 2016. Tito Ortiz Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz tweeted his support for Trump on Jan. 20, 2016, retweeting a Trump fan account and adding “Let’s make our country great again! #Trump2016” Terrell Owens Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who played for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys and Bills, told TMZ Sports on June 16, 2015, that he believes Trump “may be what the country needs.” Billy Packer Former college basketball TV analyst Billy Packer endorsed Trump in an April 10, 2016, article on Politico about the Tour de Trump, a cycling race which Packer and Trump helped create. Digger Phelps Former Notre Dame men’s basketball coach and ESPN analyst Digger Phelps introduced Trump at a rally in South Bend, Indiana, on May 3, 2016, calling Trump “one of the great coaches of this country.” David Ragan NASCAR driver David Ragan endorsed Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29, 2016. John Rocker Former MLB and Long Island Ducks closer John Rocker told the Daily Caller on Jan. 26, 2016, that he “absolutely” is endorsing Trump. Dennis Rodman Dennis Rodman, a former forward for the Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks, voiced his support for Donald Trump’s candidacy on July 24, 2015, tweeting, “@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016.” Rex Ryan Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan, now with the Buffalo Bills, introduced Trump at a rally in Buffalo on April 18, 2016. Chael Sonnen Former UFC fighter and current ESPN analyst Chael Sonnen called himself “a huge supporter” of Trump during an interview with Fox Sports on Feb. 3, 2016, adding that he likes how Trump “has courage.” Mike Tyson Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has told multiple media outlets that he endorses Trump. “He should be president of the United States,” he told HuffPost Live on Oct. 27, 2015. Herschel Walker Former Heisman winner Herschel Walker, who played for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals when Trump owned the team, called Trump “my frontrunner” in an interview with USA Today on Aug. 29, 2015. Dana White UFC president Dana White told TMZ on Dec. 11, 2015, that “you will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump. … Donald will get my vote.” Trump has hosted several UFC events at his venues. By amNY.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.