Fun With Jersey Names

I’ve been a Minnesota Vikings fan my entire life, as were all of my buddies in elementary school.  Two of the players on the team back in those days were placekicker Fred “Steady Freddie” Cox and linebacker Jeff Siemon.  I remember one of my friends excitedly telling me one bright and early Monday morning that he’d listened to the Viking’s game on the radio the day before.  “Geez!” he told me, “I couldn’t believe it!  The Vikings were making a player substitution, and the announcer says, ‘Cox goes in, and Siemon comes out’!”

In retrospect, I seriously doubt that a linebacker would be coming off the field for a kicker, but to a 12-year old boy back in 1972, this was top-shelf comedy.  And since we’re on the subject of finding humor in the names of football players, check out the slide show (below).  The wit will be shallow, but it will be sure to put a smile on your face anyway.    🙂

In deference to the 43rd President to the United States and his underling.

In deference to the 43rd President to the United States and his underling.

Go Clark!

Go Clark!

Marshall linebacker Gladstone Coke and Senior kicker Curtis Head enjoying the Thundering Herd game back in 2002.

Marshall linebacker Gladstone Coke and Senior kicker Curtis Head enjoying the Thundering Herd game back in 2002.

Johnny Dingle and Scooter Berry, of the 2008 West Virginia Mountaineers, combined to form the world’s largest dingleberry, purportedly weighing in at a stout 535 pounds.

Johnny Dingle and Scooter Berry, of the 2008 West Virginia Mountaineers, combined to form the world’s largest dingleberry, purportedly weighing in at a stout 535 pounds.

Arkansas Razorbacks Clarke Moore, Brett Goode, and Casey Dick hanging out on the sidelines.

Arkansas Razorbacks Clarke Moore, Brett Goode, and Casey Dick hanging out on the sidelines.

Evan Dietrich-Smith (left) and Josh Sitton (right) decided to have a little fun with Jeff Saturday by tweaking their jerseys during the Packers 2012 training camp.  BFF.

Evan Dietrich-Smith (left) and Josh Sitton (right) decided to have a little fun with Jeff Saturday by tweaking their jerseys during the Packers 2012 training camp. BFF.

Yes, they look very happy indeed.

Yes, they look very happy indeed.

What happens when players are allowed to put whatever they want on the backs of their jerseys.  Worn by Torrold DeShaun “Rod” Smart of the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws.

What happens when players are allowed to put whatever they want on the backs of their jerseys. Worn by Torrold DeShaun “Rod” Smart of the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws.

Hey, how did that get in there?

Hey, how did that get in there?

It twerks well when the jersey for Patriots guard John Hannah is placed next to the jersey of Niners quarterback Joe Montana.

It twerks well when the jersey for Patriots guard John Hannah is placed next to the jersey of Niners quarterback Joe Montana.

A Brett Favre Packer jersey lovingly retouched by a testy Cheese Head after Favre opted to play for the division rival Vikings.

A Brett Favre Packer jersey lovingly retouched by a testy Cheese Head after Favre opted to play for the division rival Vikings.

Why Alabama no longer outsources the printing of their jerseys to Golden Heart Daycare Center.

Why Alabama no longer outsources the printing of their jerseys to Golden Heart Daycare Center.

Yeah…about that.

Yeah…about that.

Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed a game winning 47-yard field goal at the end Super Bowl XXV leading to a New York Giants victory.  The kick was wide right.

Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed a game winning 47-yard field goal at the end Super Bowl XXV leading to a New York Giants victory. The kick was wide right.

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