The true names of Dak Prescott, T.Y. Hilton, JK Dobbins, and different NFL stars

Ever end up watching an NFL recreation and questioning, “What’s that participant’s actual identify?” Our SN Fantasy employees has finished that loads the final couple years, and it is led to an inventory of all of the sudden names within the NFL. It is sensible to surprise what A.J. Inexperienced and T.Y. Hilton’s initials stand for, however you then stumble throughout the sudden, like Julio Jones’ full identify, and it is robust to neglect.

The record under is not meant to be totally inclusive, however slightly assortment of a number of the extra fascinating “Do you know?” names within the NFL, at the very least for offensive ability place gamers. (If we included linemen and defensive gamers, this record would possibly by no means finish. OK, we’ll do one — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s actual identify is Ha’Sean Treshon Clinton-Dix.) If new gamers emerge as worthy of being added to the record, we’ll add them, and if we make any snarky feedback a couple of identify that you simply, our reader, share — simply know it is all in good enjoyable.

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What’s A.J. Brown quick for?

Arthur Juan Brown

Arthur Juan Brown gained his lone common recreation towards Juan Thornhill in 2019 regardless of catching only one move, however Thornhill received him again within the playoffs.

What does A.J. Inexperienced stand for?

Adriel Jeremiah Inexperienced

The perfect I can discover on Inexperienced’s full identify is that Bengals Twitter likes utilizing it every time Inexperienced does one thing cool. 

What’s AJ Dillon’s full identify?

Algiers Jameal William Dillion Jr.

It is a disgrace that is so excessive on the record as a result of we would not have the ability to high it. Additionally, make notice — Dillon is the primary man on this record who does not use intervals after his initials.

What’s CeeDee Lamb’s actual identify?

Cederian Lamb

This is perhaps the most effective adaptation on the record as a result of it might’ve been really easy to simply be “C.D.”

What’s Chris Godwin’s actual identify?

Rod Christopher Godwin

Godwin is one among various guys on this record (and others all through the league) who go by their center identify. He should not have appreciated the rhyming potential of Rod Godwin.

What does D.J. Moore stand for?

Denniston Moore Jr.

Moore is one among various juniors on this record. Denniston would make a terrific identify for a decide.

What’s Dak Prescott’s actual identify?

Rayne Dakota Prescott

‘Dak’ is an efficient name right here.

What’s Dede Westbrook’s actual identify?

Decrick Westbrook

The Jaguars have two receivers with enjoyable names beginning with ‘D’, which has to depend for one thing.

What’s Deebo Samuel’s actual identify?

Tyshun Raequan Samuel

Samuel’s father, Galen, began calling his son Deebo after seeing the film Friday, by which a personality known as Deebo is performed by Tiny Lister Jr. 

What’s Deshaun Watson’s actual identify?

Derrick Deshaun Watson

Yet one more participant going by his center identify. Derrick Watson sounds extra like a lineman.

What’s DJ Chark quick for?

Darrell Demont Chark Jr.

That is fascinating. Chark may go by DD Chark Jr. if he wished. Regardless, his identify will proceed to ask Shark/Chark Week puns and make us surprise why he does not use intervals in “DJ.”

What’s DK Metcalf’s full first identify?

DeKaylin Zecharius Metcalf

Now that could be a identify befitting some of the bodily spectacular receivers within the NFL. Additionally, no intervals.

What’s Drew Lock’s actual first identify?

Paul Andrew Lock

A really biblical full identify for Lock would not be as befitting of an NFL quarterback.

What’s Duke Johnson’s actual identify?

Randy Johnson Jr.

No relation to the long-time ace lefthanded pitcher.

What’s Irv Smith Jr.’s full identify?

Irvin Martin Smith Jr.

Fairly customary stuff right here, however it’s a bit disappointing we did not get an “I.J.”

What’s Ito Smith’s actual identify?

Romarius Smith

Soccer Reference lists Smith as having the nickname the “Decide” as a result of he’s mentioned to have appeared like O.J. Simpson decide Lance Ito as a child. Decide for your self.

What’s J.D. McKissic’s actual identify? 

Joshua Dobbie McKissic

There was some official thriller round this for some time, however McKissic says it is “Joshua Dobbie,” so I assume we’ve no alternative however to imagine him.

What does J.J. Arcega-Whiteside stand for?

Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside

The hyphenated final identify makes it robust for Arcega-Whiteside to go by his full identify — J.J. is a helpful shortener right here.

What’s Jack Doyle’s full identify?

John Glenn Doyle

The traditional transfer right here of going by Jack when first identify is John…plus “John Glenn” was form of already taken. 

What’s Jason Witten’s first identify?

Christopher Jason Witten

Witten has passed by his center identify throughout an extended NFL profession — who knew (or cared) his first identify was Christopher?

What’s JK Dobbins’ full identify?

J’Kaylin Dobbins

Nobody would mess with J’Kaylin Dobbins, however JK isn’t any joke both. 

What’s JuJu Smith-Schuster’s full identify?

John Sherman Smith-Schuster

JuJu is far more thrilling than John, that is for positive.

What’s Julio Jones’ actual identify?

Quintorris Lopez Jones

In response to Sports activities Illustrated, Jones was given the nickname Julio by his mom in center college. That story says Jones entered some high-school observe meets by his given identify, Quintorris, to keep away from a number of the undesirable consideration.

What’s Keke Coutee’s actual identify?

Key’vantanie Coutee

It is a improbable identify. Coutee’s been going by Keke since at the very least highschool.

What’s Kenny Stills full identify?

Kenneth Lee Stills Jr.

We may’ve had one other “KJ” right here, however Kenneth to Kenny is an efficient name, if for no different motive than to keep away from “What is the Frequency, Kenneth?” puns in our Fantasy Group Names article yearly.

What does KJ Hamler stand for?

Kahlee Jacoby Hamler

Strong decisions throughout, however as is the case with many gamers on this record…why no initials in “KJ?”

What’s Mecole Hardman’s actual identify?

Carey Mecole Hardman

One other middle-namer right here. 

What does O.J. Howard stand for?

O’Terrius Jabari Howard


What’s Raheem Mostert’s first identify?

Dominique Raheem Mostert

Dominique and Raheem are each cool names — could not go fallacious right here. Might additionally rebrand later in life as D.R. Mostert.

What’s Riley Ridley’s actual identify?

Calvin Riley Ridley

Riley’s brother Calvin is known as Calvin Orin Ridley. Each the brothers get Calvin as their first identify, however apparently just one will get to go by that identify.

What does T.J. Hockenson stand for?

Thomas James Hockenson

One other very biblical identify.

What does T.J. Yeldon stand for?

Timothy Antonio Yeldon Jr.

One other junior!

What’s T.Y. Hilton’s full identify?

Eugene Marquis Hilton

Hilton’s father’s identify is Tyrone, so folks would confer with Hilton by the primary two letters of his father’s identify. There is not any means Hilton would rank as extremely in fantasy rankings as he does if he glided by Eugene.

What’s Tee Higgins full identify?

Tamaurice Higgins

Tee is simply simpler to say, although if he merely glided by “T.,” that is perhaps extra intimidating.

What’s Trey Burton’s actual identify?

Lawrence Burton III

The underrated transfer right here of going by Trey when you’re “the third.”

What’s Van Jefferson’s full identify?

Vanchii Lashawn Jefferson Jr.

Now that is the proper method to finish the record. 

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