6 Jersey Names the NFL Has Shot Down

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 2011

6 Jersey Names the NFL Has Shot Down

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    The National Football League keeps a list of words, names and phrases that are not allowed to be used on the back of personalized NFL jerseys. 

    Most words that appear on the list are obscene, vile or laced with sexual innuendos, but some of them are more curious. 

    There was a time when Vick was banned from being used on the backs of personalized NFL jerseys in the wake of quarterback Michael Vick's arrest and conviction on charges for dogfighting. 

    That has obviously since been removed. Others still remain. 

Gay: Now Allowed

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    Despite multiple players in the NFL having the last name Gay, it was originally on the list of names not allowed to appear on the back of personalized NFL jerseys. 

    That has since changed, and fans of Ben Gay, William Gay, Randall Gay or any other future player with the last name Gay in the league can now freely customize a jersey in their honor. 

    The disallowing of the use of Gay on the back of NFL jerseys also caused an uproar among gay-rights activists, which may have prompted it being removed from the NFL's list. 


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    Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was arrested, charged and convicted with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. 

    The NFL has since disallowed the use of his name on the back of personalized NFL jerseys, no doubt not wanting to be associated with the disgraced former player's crimes. 

    Carruth only played three seasons in the NFL, totaling 62 catches for 804 yards and four touchdowns. 


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    I'm not sure why the use of Tongue on the back of NFL jerseys isn't allowed, especially since retired defensive back Reggie Tongue spent 10 seasons in the league. 

    He was a good player for a nice seven-year stretch in Kansas City, Seattle and New York. 


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    Whether this is a branding or endorsement issue, the NFL doesn't allow it.

    It may be because of what Budweiser is selling, because I don't see Nike, or Adidas or really any other companies on the list of names not allowed by the NFL.


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    This is sure to disappoint Dr. Pepper spokesman—er, I mean, west coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre.

    It could also be used on the back of a personalized Dre Bly jersey. Additionally, players named Andre can shorten that to Dre and fans may want to personalize that way. 

    Andre Johnson, Andre Rison, Andre Gurode and others, as well as fans named Andre, should feel slighted. 

He Hate Me

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    Former XFL star He Hate Me, also known as former Carolina Panthers return man Rod Smart, has had his alter-ego nickname banned from use on the back of personalized NFL jerseys. 

    This one is just no fun. They didn't let Smart use the name on the back of his jersey when he was in the NFL, either, so it's not really much of a surprise.