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My NFL "All-Name" Team


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The credit goes to Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. The first time I saw him play, I couldn't decide who had it tougher - the person who did his jersey nameplate or the poor schmucks calling the game. I don't know about other sports 'cause I don't follow them, but at least in the NFL, the last 10 years or so have seen an explosion in the number of player names that are:

- tricky to pronounce (Raiders LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, Giants DE Osi Umenyiora)

- could drive a spelling bee contestant to drink (Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Panthers DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu)

- both (Raiders RB Adimchinobe Echamandu, Giants TE Visanthe Shiancoe)

- or are just plain cool or fun to say (Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon, Jets WR/KR Jerricho Cotchery, Colts LB Cato June, Dolphins LB Channing Crowder).

Then there the unusual or humorous, like Cincinnati's TE Brad St. Louis (trade him to the Rams!) or Rams G Richie Incognito (shouldn't he play in a blank jersey?).

So I decided to put together my own NFL All-Name Team. With one exception - the aforementioned RB Adimchinobe Echamandu - all the starters are on active rosters. I saw him on the Raiders' practice squad and knew he had to be a starter. (Update - The Raiders have activated Echamandu as of 22Oct.)

There were some interesting patterns, for example there are noticeably more AFC players in total. By far the toughest decision as to starters was among NFC defensive linemen. Only one team is not represented - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Try as I might, I couldn't find anybody who met the criteria. In fact, if I'd started in the NFL South, I probably would have given up since I'm not sure there were even 10 guys from those 4 teams. (Update - "After further review" I've added 2 Bucs to the team, LS Andrew Economos & LB Shelton Quarles.)

It should go without saying, but in case it doesn't, the intent here is to HAVE fun, not to make fun or demean anyone in any way (you should see MY last name...). Just imagine Michaels and Madden trying to call THIS game. :D

Here are my AFC defensive starters:

Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata

Bengals DT Domata Peko

Browns DE Babatunde Oshinowo

Patriots LB Tully Banta-Cain

Raiders LB Isaiah Ekejiuba

Bills LB Takeo Spikes

Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha

Bills CB Ashton Youboty

Bengals S Herana-Daze Jones

Chargers S Bhawoh Jue

AFC Offense

Jets T D'Brickashaw Ferguson

Dolphins G Kendyl Jacox

Steelers C Chukky Okobi

Patriots G Logan Mankins

Chargers T Cory Lekkerkerker

Texans TE Bennie Joppru

Jaguars WR Cortez Hankton

Jets WR/KR Jerricho Cotchery

Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon

Ravens FB Ovie Mughelli

Raiders RB Adimchinobe Echamandu

AFC Reserves

Bengals C Eric Ghiaciuc

Colts C Jeff Saturday

Dolphins CB Yeremiah Bell

Steelers CB Ricardo Colclough

Bills CB Jabari Greer

Chargers CB Quentin Jammer

Raiders CB Stanford Routt

Patriots CB Gemara Williams

Colts DB T.J. Rushing

Bills DB Kiwaukee Thomas

Chargers DE Jacques Cesaire

Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil

Chiefs DE Tamba Hali

Chargers DE Igor Olshansky

Bengals DE Frostee Rucker

Browns DL Orpheus Roye

Broncos DL Demetrin Veal

Jets DL Kimo Von Oelhoffen

Ravens DT Aubrayo Franklin

Colts DT Montae Reagor

Jaguars DT Montavious Stanley

Jets FB B.J. Askew

Chargers G/C Scott Mruczkowski

Chargers K/P Mike Scifres

Titans LB Colby Bockwoldt

Dolphins LB Channing Crowder

Bills LB London Fletcher-Baker

Chiefs LB Keyaron Fox

Chiefs LB Boomer Grigsby

Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson

Bengals LB Rashad Jeanty

Colts LB Cato June

Browns LB Mason Unck

Browns LB Kamerion Wimbley

Jaguars OL Stockar McDougle

Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

Raiders QB Marques Tuiasosopo

Raiders RB John Paul Foschi

Texans RB Samkon Gado

Steelers RB Duce Staley

Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Jaguars RB/KR LaBrandon Toefield

Broncos S Hamza Abdullah

Jaguars S Donovin Darius

Jaguars S Jamaal Fudge

Bengals S Kevin Kaesviharn

Steelers S Troy Polamalu

Texans T Ephraim Salaam

Chargers TE Brandon Manumaleuna

Bengals TE Brad St. Louis

Ravens TE Quinn Sypniewski

Steelers TE Jerame Tuman

Jets WR Laveranues Coles

Ravens WR Devard Darling

Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Bills WR Roscoe Parrish

Bills WR Peerless Price

NFC Defense

Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye

Packers DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

Bears DT Israel Idonije

Panthers DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu

Cowboys LB Akin Ayodele

Seahawks MLB Niko Koutouvides

Rams OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa

Rams CB Jerametrius Butler

Redskins CB Ade Jimoh

Rams FS Oshiomogho Atogwe

Packers S Atari Bigby

NFC Offense

Redskins OL Ikechuku Ndukwe

Cardinals G Rolando Cantu

Seahawks C Thatcher Szalay

Falcons G Tyson Clabo

Giants T Guy Whimper

Giants TE Visanthe Shiancoe

Redskins WR Antwaan Randle El

Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu

Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace

Cardinals FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo

Vikings RB Ciatrick Fason

NFC Reserves

Lions CB Dre' Bly

Cardinals DE Chike Okeafor

Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora

Rams DE Victor Adeyanju

Seahawks DE Jeb Huckeba

Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze

Rams DT La'roi Glover

Redskins DT Vaka Manupuna

Redskins DT Joe Salave'a

Cowboys FB Lousaka Polite

Rams FB Madison Hedgecock

Giants G Grey Ruegamer

Rams G Richie Incognito

Saints G Jahri Evans

Bears LB Brendon Ayanbadejo

Cardinals LB Bobby Iwuchukwu

Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter

Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

Seahawks MLB Lofa Tatupu

Panthers OLB Na'il Diggs

Rams OLB Isaiah Kacyvenski

Eagles RB Reno Mahe

Giants RB Tiki Barber

Seahawks TE Itula Mili

Cardinals WR Carlyle Holiday

Lions WR Az-Zahir Hakim

Rams WR Dane Looker

Saints WR Marques Colston

Bucs LS Andrew Economos

Bucs LB Shelton Quarles

This was a lot of fun to put together, other than the headache I had after reviewing all 32 rosters. :P

Russell

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Great suggestions. Everyone in my original post is on a current roster or practice squad, though I didn't look at all the practice squads.

Maybe I'll do an All-Time name team. Earthwind might start on that one. ;-)

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Great suggestions. Everyone in my original post is on a current roster or practice squad, though I didn't look at all the practice squads.

Maybe I'll do an All-Time name team. Earthwind might start on that one. ;-)

On NFL.com, the practice squad players are listed on the teams roster, so you can't really tell the difference.

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Great suggestions. Everyone in my original post is on a current roster or practice squad, though I didn't look at all the practice squads.

Maybe I'll do an All-Time name team. Earthwind might start on that one. ;-)

I just looked him up, and Moreland is a wide receiver/cornerback on the Georgia Force. Maybe there are other cool names in the AFL too, I'll check it out some time.

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Great suggestions. Everyone in my original post is on a current roster or practice squad, though I didn't look at all the practice squads.

Maybe I'll do an All-Time name team. Earthwind might start on that one. ;-)

On NFL.com, the practice squad players are listed on the teams roster, so you can't really tell the difference.

Right, but I used the team sites for most of my list and they're listed separately.

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How about Oakland's QB Marques Tuiasosopo?

He's on my list as a reserve. I just liked Cleo Lemon's name better.

How about former Cleveland Brown Ben Gay.

Or Patriots CB Randall Gay.

Neither meets the critieria I used, which are completely subjective - tough to pronounce or tough to spell or both, or just cool and/or fun to say.

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