As the 2015 NFL season draws closer we take a look at some of the “biggest” names to watch out for. You may be expecting to see the likes of Rodgers, Peterson and Gronkowski but that’s not quite what we had in mind.
We’re looking for players with names that are: tough to spell, have multiple syllables, break a name-allowed Scrabble match, give you the best chance of winning that epic hangman tournament or to avoid on the back of your jersey if you’re roepaying by the letter.
Each player comes with a “chance-of-spotting” rating; to challenge the train spotter in you to see how many “rare big names” you can find this season.
Credit to Craig Howarth for his help with compiling this list.
You must know Kory Lichtensteiger? Not only does he boast a 14 letter last name but he was also part of an offensive line that helped RG3 set a new NFL low sack-to-pass ratio. If you are used to seeing Lichtensteiger lining up at Guard then you should shift your attention along the O-line, as he is set to start at Center for the Redskins during 2015.
COS Rating: Medium – if you watch the Redskins this season then you are sure to see or hear about Lichtensteiger, even if it’s a mention of the positional move.
With a 14 letter last name, Roethilsberger truly earns the nickname “Big Ben”. The Steelers QB is a well established member of the Elite tier of signal callers and will lead a loaded offence stacked with talent – once a few team mates finish serving early season suspensions.
Big Ben had a superb 2014 campaign in which he completed a career high 408 passes for 4,952 yards and matched his highest touchdown total of 32. He’s fun to watch, has a great name and his team should be considered major playoff contenders and even Superbowl candidates if they can make up for some recent poor defensive play.
COS Rating: High – we can definitely look forward to watching Big Ben slinging passes each week in an attempt to earn his 3rd Superbowl Ring.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 200th pick (round 6) of the 2014 NFL Draft, straight outta Canada, the Offensive Lineman boasts a 15 character last name. Laurent was inactive through his rookie season but currently sits 2nd on the depth chart at the Left Guard position, although he has also featured at Right Guard during camp.
COS Rating: Low – it may take eagle eyes to spot this name on a jersey. We maintain some hope for a Duvernay-Tardiff appearance this campaign.
Coming in at 16 letters is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End. There is a lot of promise surrounding Seferian-Jenkins, including some mild comparisons to Tony Gonzalez from Tampa’s offensive coordinator. The Tight End only featured in 9 games during his rookie campaign, due to injury, but his 21 receptions and 2 touchdowns were enough to create excitement going into Year 2. He should be a major piece in the new Jameis Winston led offence.
COS Rating: High – we should see Seferian-Jenkins feature heavily this season as a serious receiving weapon behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
With a combination of a 9 letter first name and a 17 character last name: this guy must have some serious issues filling out forms. Rodgers-Cromartie is an experienced NFL Cornerback, in his second year at the New York Giants. He’s also played for the Cardinals, Eagles and Broncos but moved on from each – most likely when the team could no longer afford to print his jersey.
COS Rating: High – the Cornerback is top of the Giants depth chart and has a tough start; he is likely line up against Dez Bryant and Julio Jones in weeks 1 and 2 respectively.
Not enough options for you? Here’s the next tier of overloaded last names:
Dorial Green-Beckham – High
Ricky Jean-Francois – Medium
Harold Jones-Quartey – Low
James O’Shaughnessy – Low
Michael Hoomanawanui – Medium
Chris Lewis-Harris – Low
Zach Mettenberger – Medium
Rakeem Nunez-Roches – Low
Kevin Pierre-Louis – Medium
Sean Weatherspoon – High