Nicknames and initials are usually used when you have a complicated name. Eventually though, you earn the right to be called what you want, and that’s exactly what two “new” Redskins have done.
OJ Atogwe has alerted the team and the media that he will no longer be called OJ. He would prefer his give name, Oshiomogho. Which is fine, considering his middle name is Isaac.
“Oshiomogho” is harder to work into a cheer though.
In other news, the Redskins signed back free agent linebacker HB Blades, but he is no longer HB. He is also going by his given name, which is Horatio. Horatio Blades. Horatio Benedict Blades, Jr., to be exact.
He already had one of the coolest names in all of football, but when you add in “Horatio” to the last name of “Blades,” he sound like a super-hero. Expectations just went up for you, Horatio.
On a seemingly clerical note, John Beck has changed his jersey number to 12.
But here’s the skinny on No. 12:
Ten out of the first 14 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks were No. 12. The greats, including Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler, Roger Staubach, and Bob Griese all lifted the Lombardi Trophy wearing No. 12. More recently, Tom Brady and last year’s champion Aaron Rodgers are also No. 12.
And you thought it was just a clerical change in numbers.
In a corresponding move, Malcolm Kelly switched to No. 14. I guess if you want to be thrown the ball, you better defer your number to the guy throwing it.
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