By any other name

Some names in football just sound tough. Names like Miami Dolphin’s fullback Larry Csonka (1968-1974), L.A. Rams’ defensive end Jack Youngblood (1971-1984), and the toughest of them all Chicago Bears’ linebacker Dick Butkus (1965-1973).

Then there are other fierce players, like Pittsburg Steelers’ linebacker Jack Lambert (1974-1984) or Jim Brown, running back with the Cleveland Browns (1957-1965), who were just as tough, but didn’t have the expressive names to match their abilities. Perhaps they had to work a little harder to establish their bruiser reputations. At some point even Steelers “Mean” Joe Green and Bears’ William “Refrigerator” Perry, were just a Joe and William who had to earn their nicknames.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)


I don’t know how tough Boise Burn’s wide receiver Nichiren Flowers is, but his last name suggests that he’s in the latter category. I mean, “Flowers” isn’t a name that would automatically strike fear in my heart, let alone an opposing football player who may be out to make a name for himself too.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)

At least he didn’t have the burden of Stockton Lightning’s offensive lineman David Lose’s special burden (for the record, it’s pronounced LOW-say).

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