Former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back and Washington Redskins sixth-round NFL Draft pick Bacarri Rambo already possesses one of the most unique names out there.
How many folks do you know with a first name that sounds like a bottle of rum and a last name of a classic, tough guy action movie? Yeah, not many.
Well, apparently, Mr. Rambo’s intimidating surname used to be quite a bit softer. As in, melt in the sun-type of soft.
As in, “Fudge.” Seriously.
According to CBS sports, Bacarri was born with his mother’s maiden name of Fudge as his legal last name, and in middle school his family legally changed his name to his father’s last name of Rambo.
“When people see the name ‘Rambo’ on the back of my jersey, they expect me to be a hard-nosed killer with a scarf around my head and paint under my eyes,” Bacarri told the AP in 2010 (thanks to Sports Bog for doing the heavy lifting). “If I was playing in the secondary and named Fudge, everybody would say I was soft. I went from being soft to being hard.”
Yes he did, as he is hard enough to be playing in the NFL.
However, the young man, no matter what his legal name is these days, won’t be intimidating anyone from his hometown anytime soon.
Apparently, his folks gave him the nickname “Goo” as a kid, and it just kind of stuck.
“When I was an infant, my mom used to always give me cough drops because I always used to cry,” Bacarri said at the time. “So I’d get cough drops, and I’d suck on them. And my eyes, they’d say I’d look like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon character, because my eyes would get big. So I’d look like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon character. Then it went from Mr. Magoo to Magoo. Then everyone started calling me ‘Goo.’ …
“That’s like a hometown nickname. None of the teachers at my school called me Bacarri. Matter of fact, I’ve never ever heard my mom or my dad call me Bacarri,” he continued. “They probably don’t even know my first name, to be honest. Everybody calls me ‘Goo’ back at home.”
We’re thinking that it’s a pretty good thing the ‘Skins were able to introduce their new draft pick to the team as Bacarri Rambo.
Goo Fudge just doesn’t quite have that same, manly-man ring to it, does it?