NFL Power Rankings: 7 Player Names That Trip Up NFL Announcers

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent INovember 28, 2011

NFL Power Rankings: 7 Player Names That Trip Up NFL Announcers

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    Every year, NFL fans get a kick out of announcers incorrectly pronouncing players names from week to week.

    Names like Nnamdi Asomugha and Ropati Pitoitua are just among the many that announcers continue to screw up game after game.

    Here are the seven player names that most commonly trip up NFL announcers today.

LB Niko Koutouvides, New England Patriots

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    The Patriots linebacker has one of the strangest last names in all of football.

    Since he is on special teams, it's probably a good thing that announcers don't call his name too often or it would be that much harder to pronounce.

DE Ropati Pitoitua, New York Jets

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    Ropati Pitoitua is just another name in the long list of Samoan players in the NFL that trip up announcers on a regular basis.

    I cringe when I hear people saying his name during a game because that is how confident I am that they will say it correctly.

CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles

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    I have to admit that I've never seen a person's first name start with two N's in my entire life.

    That is indeed the case with Eagles' CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Even though Asomugha has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league over the last few years, announcers still butcher the pronunciation of his first and last names.

FB Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcons

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    Mughelli's name has always been a problem to say for announcers around the league.

    At least they won't have to worry about saying it correctly for the rest of this season since he was placed on injured reserve last month for the Falcons.

WR/KR Kealoha Pilares, Carolina Panthers

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    The former University of Hawaii star has already tripped up announcers several times when pronouncing his name in his rookie season.

    Personally, I think that he has one of the coolest names in the league for someone who is virtually unknown.

G Chris Kemoeatu, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Any player who has a last name that contains three straight vowels is guaranteed to be difficult to pronounce.

    This is no different with Steelers guard Chris Kemoetu.

    NFL announcers are just lucky that he just goes by Chris and not Uikelotu, which is his original Tongan first name.

TE Michael Hoomanawanui, St. Louis Rams

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    This has to be the most tripped-up name by NFL announcers today.

    I even get confused by it and almost have to do a double-take at the name when trying to say it myself.

    The award for the hardest name to pronounce in the NFL goes to Michael Hoomanawanui of the Rams.