Star NFL punter Chris Kluwe is trying to spice up his position with a gaming name-change.
When your position’s primary role is surrendering the ball to the other team on fourth down, you’re not typically the most admired player on the gridiron. Such is the life of the NFL punter.
Minnesota Viking’s Chris Kluwe, an avid Guitar Hero and World of Warcraft gamer, won’t settle for smashing NFL and team punting records to fulfill his dreams. Following in the footsteps of another player, Johnson joked on his personal radio show in Minnesota that a name change could draw attention and advertising dollars.
“Back when [Bengals receiver] Chad Johnson changed his name to Ocho Cinco, I told the guys at 93X that I was going to change my name to Chris ‘World of Warcraft’. They said that’s too long. So they started calling me Chris ‘Warcraft.’ I could make a lot of money if I changed my name to that.”
Perhaps this epic name change will get the punter some attention for being the team’s best punter in history at the young age of 27.
“When I come in, it’s pretty much a signal for everybody to get up, grab a beer and go to the bathroom,” he noted. “But that’s the life of an NFL punter, I guess.”