National Bubba Day: 10 Famous Bubbas

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Good luck finding a proclamation. But that's no reason to let a perfectly respectable nickname go unheralded on its day in the spotlight. So, in recognition of Saturday's National Bubba Day, behold these 10 famous Bubbas.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Bill Clinton attends the third day of the CGDC Annual Meeting, May 18, 2012 in Vienna, Austria.
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William 'Bubba' Clinton

"Bubba" means different things to different people, but "42nd president of the United States" is definition enough in this case. Clinton is 65.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Bubba Watson is interviewed in the media center during practice for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana, April 24, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Gerry 'Bubba' Watson Jr.

Underdog golfer Watson, 33 -- and a lefty, no less -- rekindled "Bubba' fever this year with a nail-biting, sudden-death playoff win at the Masters Tournament, his first major title.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Actor Bubba Smith attends Second Annual Stuntman Awards on March 22, 1986 at KTLA Studios in Hollywood, California.
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Charles 'Bubba' Smith

Before landing acting roles such as Moses Hightower in the "Police Academy" movies, Smith, 66, welcomed fans' chants to "Kill, Bubba, Kill" as a dominating defensive lineman in college and the NFL.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Bubba Crosby #19 of the New York Yankees bats against the Chicago White Sox, July 16, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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Richard 'Bubba' Crosby

The former major league outfielder, 35, once told ESPN that his efforts to shake the "Bubba" moniker failed miserably as a boy in Texas. "I tried to change it in school, call myself Richard, but kids would call for me and ask for Richard, and my parents would burst out laughing and say, 'You mean Bubba?'"

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Recording artist Bubba Sparxxx attends the ESPN The Magazine And Hummer's Pre-Draft Celebrity Bash at Club Sol, April 28, 2006 in New York City.
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Bubba Sparxxx

Georgia rapper Warren Mathis, 35, came up with the stage name because "in the rural South," he told the Associated Press, "'Bubba' is like how people say 'dude' in California. It's a name for a regular Southern man. I know a Chinese Bubba, a black Bubba."

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps perform on the set of The movie "The Girl Can't Help It" in 1956 in Los Angeles, California, Tommy 'Bubba' Facenda is seen in the pink shirt, far right.
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Tommy 'Bubba' Facenda

The rockabilly singer-dancer from Portsmouth, Va., 72, wore his Bubbaness so comfortably that "Bubba Ditty" is among his singles, the best known of which is "High School U.S.A."

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Bubba Paris (77) rests during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falconsm, Nov. 12, 1989, in San Francisco. The 49ers won the game, 45-3.
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William 'Bubba' Paris

The motivational speaker, 51, who once laid down 6-foot-6-inches, 300-plus pounds of "Bubba" Sunday after Sunday as an NFL lineman, counts three Super Bowl rings from his years with the San Francisco 49ers.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: James Stewart smiles prior to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race at Reliant Stadium, March 31, 2012 in Houston, Texas.
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James 'Bubba' Stewart Jr.

The professional motocross rider, 26, put his "Bubba" to good use with a reality-TV show called "Bubba's World" that ran for two seasons through February. He has 44 Supercross victories.

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge and his wife Heather Clem arrive at the 26th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Jan. 10, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem

Born Todd Clem but now legally Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and host of the radio show that bears his name, Clem, 46, absorbs controversy as well as anyone (witness the on-air hog slaughtering in 2001 that sent the FCC into a tizzy).

National Bubba Day

PHOTO: Bubba Franks #88 of the New York Jets looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on Sept. 7, 2008 in Miami, Florida.
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Daniel 'Bubba' Franks

The three-time NFL Pro-Bowl tight end, 34, has a collection of memorable one-hand catches on his resume.

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