With 22 days until the start of training camp, the Bon Secours Training Center won’t be alone in making its debut to Washington Redskins fans.
Former University of Georgia Bulldog Bacarri Rambo will be participating in his first training camp after being drafted by the Burgundy and Gold in April with the 191st pick.
With 16 career interceptions during his time in Athens, the safety has a share of the school’s all-time interceptions record along with former Super Bowl VII MVP Jake Scott (who finished his career with the Redskins).
Rambo’s extensive, ballhawking resume has been well documented through the years, but what hasn’t been known by most is his nickname.
Redskins Nation, let me introduce “Goo” Rambo.
In one of the more recent installments of our Google + Hangout Series, Rambo along with 2013 NFL Draft partner Phillip Thomas sat down with a horde of local media and one fan to chat about their journeys from college superstars to the newest members of a division championship squad.
While the two certainly had more than a fair share to speak about in terms of their on the field production, I wanted to know more about their lives off the gridiron—especially when you have the extremely awesome name of Bacarri Rambo.
Even though Robert Griffin III was a shoo-in for most jerseys sold last year, he may have some competition from the rookie safety this year in the jersey sales race. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want a burgundy and gold Rambo jersey?
I’m sure his proud mother does. But when requesting his jersey, she’ll be asking for a Goo Rambo jersey. After all it’s the only name she’s ever called him.
“It was a childhood nickname that I had coming up. I never heard my mom call me by my first name,” Rambo said. “She would call me Goo.
It was Mr. Magoo, and then it went to Magoo, now it’s just Goo.”
I asked him why he hadn’t let the fans know of his nickname yet, and his response was simple—who wants to be called Goo when you can go with Rambo?
“I held it in, because I don’t want anyone to call me that,” he said. “Rambo sounds more vicious. My teammates just call me Rambo. My friends back at home hear, ‘Goo, Goo!’ and they ask who I’m talking to. I just say, ‘Oh, nobody.’”
If your just one of many who want to have the man himself sign your jersey at training camp later this month, call him over by his last name—otherwise he might not answer.
“Please, if you see me, don’t call me [Goo]. I won’t answer you.”
Hey, he asked nicely.
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