More Names on the Ball

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Posted on: January 9th, 2018by Casey Anderson

Football season is well under way here in the USA. It's one of the country's most popular sports. Where I live, we typically root for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tons of little boys, and even some little girls, look up to these players as role models. It's a path to greatness that seems so achievable. Many of these players started from humble roots and rose to be superstars. Lots of people find that very inspiring!

If you are one of those people, or you just happen to love the game, then you should consider naming one of your kids after some of the year's great players. It's something they'll enjoy talking about in their slightly older years. Perhaps it will lend them some ambition to try to be their own kind of celebrity.

Now I'm just going to focus on the NFC:

Nelson Nelson is an under used name that means 'Neil's son.' We think it is a very nice name. Inspired here by Nelson Agholor on the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a guy who had a shaky start but is not showing to be one of the better players on the team.

Byron Byron is a fancy sounding name that actually means 'from the barns.' It has a dignified sound to it. Byron Jones from the Dallas Cowboys is the inspiration for its inclusion here. He's their starting free safety but has abilities that help him cover lots of other things as well.

Trent The name Trent originally meant that you lived by the river Trent. I always liked the sound of this name and that fact that it begins and ends with the same letter. Makes it feel powerful to me. The name was chosen here for Washington Redskin's player Trent Williams. He is known for his solid tackles.

Eli Eli is a biblical name meaning 'ascension.' It's been popular off and on, but is a very old name. Eli Manning is the inspiration here, the quarterback of the New York Giants. He is rumored to be towards the end of his football career, but is still an excellent quarterback for the team.

Jared Jared means 'descent' and is understood in terms of descendant, not a downward descent into madness or anything. It's been a popularized cultural name. Here it is chosen for Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams. After what is considered a line of non-stellar quarterbacks, Goff is expected to improve the Rams.

Russell Russell means 'little red one.' It gives the impression of someone a little bit wily and rambunctious to me. In our case it was inspired by Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. He is considered an elite quarter, so a good namesake.

Carson Carson means 'son of Carr' and was originally a surname. It has become popular in recent times as a first name. We choose it for Carson Palmer, quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Considered old for a quarterback (37), he is still getting high marks and being a very valuable member of the team.

Solomon Solomon is another biblical name that means peace. It is more commonly a Jewish name, but not always. Here it is inspired by Solomon Thomas, defensive end for San Francisco 49ers. He's the first player drafted by new General Manager John Lynch, and people are excited to see what he can do.

Xavier Xavier means 'new home.' Catholics often choose this name in honor of Saint Francis Xavier. We chose it based of Xavier Rhodes, the cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. He's known for consistency for shutting down opponents.

Darius Darius is rustic sounding name that means 'a good and wealthy protector' and really, what could be better than that? We have in mind Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions. He proved he could pull some big plays last season and Lion's fans are hoping he continues.

Drew Drew is Greek originated name that means 'man's child.' It's predominately a masculine name but there is the American actress Drew Barrymore. We picked this name for Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. This is his 17th season and he's still going strong.

Julio Julio is a name that means 'wearing a soft beard.' It's the Portuguese and Spanish variant of Julian. We picked the name from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Julio Jones. It's a very posh sounding name, a guy named Julio could have a lot of potential.

Greg Greg is a diminutive of Gregory, which means 'awake or watchful.' It's considered an English name. We've chosen it for Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen. He's considered their most reliable player as he performs well consistently.

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