Retail shopping has migrated from a strictly live-in-person industry to a companion -- and in some cases exclusive -- online marketplace in which there are no lines slowed by recalcitrant customers or surly clerks. Our All-Department Store Team is made up of people who are equally adaptable -- whether the change involves geography or job description. So in the spirit of American commerce, feel free to browse this list.
Napoleon Kaufman: At 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds in his playing days, the running back didn't require the services of Kaufmann's, a Pennsylvania-based retailer in the big-and-tall market. Kaufman obviously played bigger than his height; he was a first-round draftee of the Raiders. He ran for nearly 5,000 yards in six NFL seasons.
Kyle Macy: They had a parade in Lexington, Ky., when Macy helped the Kentucky Wildcats to the 1978 NCAA title in his first year in the Big Blue uniform. A three-time All-American, Macy also played at Purdue and is therefore one of the few players to see time in two major conferences. Macy played in two pro leagues, the NBA and the top division in Italy. Currently the Wildcats' color commentator, its unclear if he gets his duds at Macy's.
Jeff Niemann: The Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher has won 25 games in the past two full seasons, but his salary -- relative to that of other big leaguers, not the population at large -- won't be at Nieman-Marcus levels for a while. He won't be a free agent until 2015. He can probably still afford the high-end stuff at the Dallas-based brand, which considers Saks Fifth Avenue among its competitors.
J.C. Penny: Add an "e" at the appropriate spot in his last name and the former Miami Hurricanes running back would be an exact match for the department stores. Penny found the shelves were pretty well stocked at his position when he showed up at the U. Alonzo Highsmith, an eventual third-round NFL draftee who played five years in the league, got appreciably more carries than Penny from 1984-86.
Hines Ward: Much like the store with which he shares a last name, Ward offers something for everybody. As a Georgia Bulldog, he played wide receiver and tailback and amassed 3,870 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total in Dawg history. As a Pittsburgh Steeler, he has become the franchise's all-time leader in catches and receiving yards. He has also rushed 57 times, thrown two passes and returned eight kickoffs and one punt. He's also one of only two natives of South Korea to play in the NFL.