Sports Commentary: Five Former NFL Quarterbacks Remembered For Their Unique Names and Nicknames.

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Introduction.

Most fans of football know that the position of quarterback is probably the most important position on a team. The quarterback is the one who distributes the ball. He is the signal caller, and often times one of the leaders of a team. Some view quarterbacks as the on field head coach of the team.

There have been some amazing quarterbacks play in the NFL. Names like Joe Montana, John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady just to name are few are very common among fans. People know and remember these talented quarterbacks mainly for their on the field accomplishments. However, that's not what this article is about.

Growing up over the years and watching football from my time as a kid, there have been NFL names that I found memorable. The memories do not necessarily come from the players careers, but for their names in general. Here are five NFL quarterbacks that in my opinion had unique names, or had funny nicknames. The list isn't in a particular order. This is mean to be more of a comedic article. I hope you enjoy, and hopefully some of these names will ring a bell with you.

Doug Flutie on a box of "Flutie Flakes"

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Doug Flutie.

Doug Flutie's name remains memorable to me, mainly because of the last name Flutie. If we didn't know any better, we would probably think that his ancestors were named after the flute. Although Flutie's last name is funny, don't let the name fool you. Flutie never went down as one of the NFL great quarterbacks, but he was very talented, especially during his collegiate days.

Flutie is most remembered for his college years at Boston College. Flutie won the Heishman Trophy in 1984, along with the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award the same year. Flutie's college career was capped off by his Hail Mary touchdown pass against Miami in November of 1984. This play is considered one of the greatest moments in college football history. The play and game itself became so popular, that it is known by football enthusiats as 'Hail Flutie'.

Flutie played for several NFL teams during his career, but he is probably most remembered for his time with the Buffalo Bills. Flutie was popular among the Buffalo fans, so much so, that a brand of cereal titled, 'Flutie Flakes' were introduced.

Browning Nagle

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Browning Nagle.

Browning Nagle was a quarterback who played for the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and the Atlanta Falcons. He also played for several teams in the Arena Football League(AFL). Nagle was drafted by the Jets in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Although Nagle was named one of the most valuable players in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl during his collegiate years, he is considered to be a bust by many New York Jet fans. In 30 starts with the Jets, Nagle completed less than 50% of his passes. He threw 17 interceptions, with only 7 touchdown passes.

Nagle retired from the NFL in 2000, and is a Senior Manager at a Medical Device company. I really don't remember much seeing Browning Nagle on the field in the NFL. However, I recall hearing his name mentioned a few times. I guess we can conclude that Browning Nagles' career not only "browned", it was also burnt to a crisp in the eyes of the New York fans.

Bubby Brister

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Bubby Brister.

Now this guy had one of the funniest nicknames in all of sports in my opinion. Born Walter Andrew Brister III, Brister was given the nickname of 'Bubby' by one of his older sisters. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Brister originally played his college football at Tulane. He then transferred to Northeast Louisiana.

Brister began his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Steelers is the organization that his career is most associated with. He was often made fun of by sports writers, columnists, and fans because of his deep southern accent. Brister's best years as a pro came during his seven years with the Steelers. He later went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

After retiring from football, Brister returned back to his southern roots. In 2003, he co-hosted a hunting and fishing outdoors show called, 'Louisiana Outdoor Adventures'. In 2005, he joined a the staff of 'Hunter's Specialties', which is a producer of hunting and fishing videos.

Sean Salisbury

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Sean Salisbury.

Hey, anyone want some Salisbury steak? That's the first thing that used to come to mind when I heard this guy's name mentioned. Sean Salisbury played a total of ten years in the NFL. The teams he played for at one time or another include: The Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, and the Houston Oilers. Salisbury also played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Despite being in the NFL for ten total years, Salisbury only really played five seasons. He spent much of his career either inactive, or as an off season member only of the teams he played for. He concluded his NFL career completing 318 out of 577 pass attempts for 3,824 yards. He also finished with 19 touchdown passes, and 19 interceptions thrown.

After his football career ended, Salisbury went on to become an NFL analyst for ESPN. He was known for being extremely outspoken in making his points, but also for this frequent clashes with fellow ESPN analyst, John Clayton. Salisbury has since left ESPN.

The only reason that I even knew of Sean Salisbury was from his time with the Oilers. The only time I remember him ever playing was in preseason games. With a last name like Salisbury, maybe he spent most of his career on the sidelines chomping down Salisbury steaks.

Boomer Esiason

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Boomer Esiason.

BOOMER! Growing up watching football with my uncles, I always felt like this was a funny nickname. As a kid, I actually used to think that this was his real first name. However, his real name is Norman Julius Esiason. He received the nickname 'Boomer' before he was even born. Ironically, his mother gave him the nickname from the constant kicking she experienced from him while he lied in her womb.

Esiason played for several NFL teams, most notably the Cincinnati Bengals. He also played for the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He is primarily remembered by most fans from his days with the Bengals. Esiason is probably the most successful out of the a fore mentioned QB's mentioned in this article in terms of career stats. Esiason was named to four Pro Bowls during his career, and hold several NFL records for left-handed quarterbacks. Esiason is currently an in studio analyst for 'The NFL Today on CBS'.

Conclusion.

We didn't learn much from this article did we? I really didn't intend for this to be an informative article. I know that I poked jokes at these guys names and nicknames, but I respect anyone who plays football. If you did learn something about these quarterbacks in the process of reading this, I consider that an added bonus. I just wanted to have a little fun with this one. If there are any other colorful or unique named NFL players you remember, feel free to leave them in the comment section. I hope you enjoyed.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browning_Nagle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flutie_Flakes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubby_Brister

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Salisbury

http://www.aolnews.com/2007/11/23/sean-salisbury-had-mediocre-nfl-stats-says-i-could-care-less/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomer_Esiason


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stanleyreese 4 years ago from Alabama

You are right, I didn't learn anything but it was fun! But, you left out Kim McQuilken and June Jones. As a long suffering Atlanta Falcon fan, June Jones was always one of my favorites even though he was a back-up for most of his career. His talents as a coach are making me proud though.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there. Glad you found this hub fun. That was my main aim. I let my younger cousin read it yesterday, and he couldn't stop laughing at Sean Salisbury's name. The two names you mentioned were WAY before my time. I tried to stick with names that I remembered from my childhood. I do recognize June Jones name from coaching though. Thanks for your feedback sir. It's greatly appreciated.


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stanleyreese 4 years ago from Alabama

Looking forward to more like this one!


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Bigpayno 4 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

Funny hub. Flutie Flakes was awesome!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there sir. Glad you found it funny. I do myself. I never tried "Flutie Flakes" before, but I do remember them being out. Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks a lot sir. Hopefully I'm able to come up with another list soon :)


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RBJ33 4 years ago

My all time favorite quarterback name is Y.A. Tittle. He was with the New Tork Giants for many years - he last played in 1964 - a tough Texas guy - the Y.A. stood for Yelburton Abraham.

By the way do you know where the name quarterback comes from - why are they called quarterback?

Good hub - looking for more.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there sir. Thanks for stopping by. I've never heard of this quarterback that you mentioned. Was most likely way before my time. Good to hear that is a from Texas, which is the state I'm from as well. As for your question, I really don't know how the name came about, or why they are referred to as quarterbacks. If you happen to know, please feel free to share. Thanks again for your great feedback. I appreciate it a lot.


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RBJ33 4 years ago

There were some "old" quarterbacks with neat names - "Slinging" Sammy Baugh (Texas boy), Otto Graham, Bobby Layne (Texas boy).

The game of football evolved out of soccer and rugby. The very first collegiate football games in the US were actully rugby games. As the game evolved the rules were changed to what you see today. A very early formation was the single wing, which is similqar to today's shotgun. The single wing had four backfield positions, same as today., except the ball was put in play by the center directly snapping the ball to one of the backfield players, who were lined up fully back of the center (fullback), lined up halfway back of the center (halfback), and lined up a quarter of the way back (quarterback). The fourth varied and was a blocking back. When the T formation came in vogue the player lined up a quarter of the way back just moved over under center and became known as a quarterback.

Many of today's terms come from rugby - a rugby touch became a touchdown, a rugby scrum became line of scrimmage, etc. You might want to read my hub Who Invented Football


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Wow! Those are some pretty unique names you mentioned. Thanks for your detailed comment and feedback again. I definitely learned a lot more about the quarterback position and how the backfield began. I'm going to read your hub as well. Thanks again sir!


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Thanks for the visit prospectboy - enjoy this new season


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

No problem sir, and I hope you enjoy the new season as well :)


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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

The Bears had a quarterback who had three first names in his name when you pronounced it correctly. Mike Tomczak (pronounced Mike Tom-Zack). Another in a long line of entertaining but useless passers the Bears unearthed. Lets also not forget they drafted Flutie too.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@EJ Lambert, Thanks again for stopping by sir. I actually remember hearing that name Mike Tomczak before. I had forgotten all about it to be honest. Thanks for the reminder. I notice that you're from Chicago, and a Bears fan. My godmother's husband is originally from Chicago, and he is a die hard Bears fan. Whenever I call him and it goes to his voice-mail, it says; "Go Bears, go Bulls, go White Sox, go Black Hawks lol. Thanks again!


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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

Yeah. What can I say? We love our sports.

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