Because A Good Football Name Is Priceless

October 10, 2011 by Michelle

Every year, I attend all the Northwestern football games. I have a whole tradition and set of superstitions around that, which I’ll share shortly. It’s my fault actually that they’ve lost the last three games. I promise to demonstrate why soon. I have my fingers crossed that I’ve fixed my errors and all will be well this week when they play Iowa.

That said, I have seats behind the Northwestern bench. It’s a fun view when there isn’t action on the field. I love watching the players on their benches dancing during timeouts or getting the crowd revved up. I giggle watching the players keep warm on the exercise bikes on the sidelines. I watch anxiously when trainers work on players on the tables.

And of course I scan the names. Over the years, there have been some great football names on the Northwestern team. Even this year, we have a quarterback (now receiver since our main QB Dan Persa is back – yay!) named Kain Colter. Tell me that isn’t just an awesome name for a quarterback. Sadly, he is upstaged this year by someone with yet a better name.

Sean McEvilly is a defensive lineman, though he isn’t a starter at this point. That said, he’s a redshirt freshman, so there are another three years after the rest of this season for me to hear the PA announcer tell us all about another McEvilly tackle. Seriously. McEvilly. And he’s a defensive player. I love it.

So what’s your favorite football name?

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  • Lisa Noel


    OMG my son would be sooo jealous. He loves NW sports!!!

  • Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates


    I don't really follow football – sorry!!! But that name (MCEvilly) is too funny! Of course, I am loving the name Kain Colter – so cool. Now I'll be listening to names a little closer. 🙂

  • jeanette


    Michelle – I'm surprised you didn't mention the poor dude named Weak.

    Too bad about the result of last Saturday's game…oh, wait…

  • Tara R.


    I don't think I can top McEvilly. That would be a great name for a character on Grey's Anatomy.

  • Heather E


    I love that name. It has me cracking up. I don't really know a lot of last names but there are some crazy names in football!

  • Pat


    McEvilly–too funny–kinda reminds me of Cruella DeVille.

    I'm not a football fan, but I always liked the name Joe Montana. My husband roots for the 49ers, since that's one of the closest teams to us, so Joe was a hero in our household.

  • septembermom


    That name is too funny! I'll have to ask my sons about football. I'm kind of clueless.

  • McEvil


    I thought it was cool name too when I heard it at the NW – UofM game today Cheered every time they said his name.
    Dan McEvilly

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