STILL ACCEPTING YOUR LOCAL TALLIES BELOW IN THE INTERNATIONAL POLL: CALLING YOUR TOP 20!
THROUGH MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008.
The news this week has been all Brett Favre (ok, and the Olympics, Bush in China, Paris Hilton’s run for president, yada yada…). With that hot mess finally coming to resolution, what better way to welcome our new Jet, than to focus on the names of some memorable players of the game?
I have to admit, I’m not the best fan- I’ll go with The Jets or The Giants depending on which way the wind blows. Last year it was pretty breezy around The Giants. And ever since Super Bowl XLII, I’ve been kind of in love with the name Plaxico. Sure, he saved the game and carried the Giants to victory over the much favored Patriots. But that NAME! At home we looked at each other and said “that’s it.” We’ve found the perfect name for our future son. And what a name. So today I focus on Plaxico and his adventurously named cohorts in the NFL.
There are some appellations we thought were retired 100 years ago, such as Algernon and Ebenezer, which would certainly be daring (if a bit cruel), for the modern parent. We’re seeing early adopters of the apostrophe in D’Brickashaw, La’Roi, and Na’il, though Nu’u Tafisi is Samoan so perhaps that is traditional. There are also many notably big names from history, folklore, and mythology, with Aeneas, Marquice, Mercurey, Merlin, Napoleon, and Orpheus for your little lord of the field. As distinct as these are, nothing is as clear cut as “Peerless.”
I wonder if these names helped them get noticed in tryouts? Perhaps they made them tougher? More driven? Any you think could become chart toppers?
Alge Crumpler- Born Algernon Darius Crumpler- Tennessee Titans.
Aeneas Williams- Formerly of the St. Louis Rams, one of my favorites here and eminently usable.
Aubrayo Franklin- San Francisco 49ers.
Dick Butkus- Formerly of the Chicago Bears, linebacker.
D’Brickashaw Ferguson- New York Jets.
Ebenezer Ekuban (Jr.)- Denver Broncos.
Eldra Buckley- San Diego Chargers, running back.
Flozell Adams- Dallas Cowboys, offensive tackle.
Gosder Cherlius- Detroit Lions, offensive tackle.
Keyunta Dawson- Indianapolis Colts.
Kimo von Oelhoffen- Philadelphia Eagles, defensive tackle.
Ladainian Tomlinson- San Diego Chargers, running back.
La’Roi Glover- St. Louis Rams, defensive tackle.
Laveranues Coles- New York Jets, wide receiver.
Marquice Cole- Tennesse Titans, cornerback.
Melila Purcell- Cleveland Browns.
Mercurey Morris- Miami Dolphins.
Merlin Olsen- Formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, defensive tackle.
Na’il Diggs- Carolina Panthers, linebacker.
Napoleon Harris- Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker.
Nu’u Tafisi- Seattle Seahawks, defensive end.
Orpheus Roye- Formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive lineman.
Peerless Price- Formerly of the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver.
Plaxico Burress- New York Giants, wide receiver.
Proverb Jacobs- Formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, offensive and defensive end.
Qadry Ismail- Formerly of the the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts.
Reno Mahe- Philadelphia Eagles, running back.
Sinorice Moss- New York Giants, wide receiver.
Yancey Thigpen- Formerly of the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennesse Titans, wide receiver.
Zeron Flemister- Free agent, tight end.
Did I miss any of your favorites, football or otherwise? Do tell.
A special thanks to my significant other, who finally took an interest in my name obsession.