Buccaneers RB Doug Martin attempts to retire ‘Muscle Hamster’ with new nickname
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been trying to kick his "Muscle Hamster" nickname to the curb for a while.
After much ado, the 26-year-old finally announced he has a new moniker — though whether or not he coined it himself remains unclear. In any event, it rhymes with "juggernaut":
Doug Martin, who doesn't like the "Muscle Hamster" label, said he's going with "Dougernaut" as his nickname from now on.Article continues below ...
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"The name ‘Muscle Hamster’ is the worst nickname possibly ever given to somebody," the 5-foot-9, 218-pound running back told USA Today Sports in June. "I hope it changes, and I hope that I play to a level where my nickname changes. That’s what my goals are."
"You know, some people like it. Some people hate it," Martin told ProFootballTalk on Oct. 17. "I hate it but it hasn’t gone away. I’m still waiting for that new nickname, for a new nickname to emerge."
Well, if he had to earn a new nickname with his performance, "Dougernaut" is apt: Martin has had 405 yards on 90 carries (4.5 ypc) and three touchdowns through five games so far in 2015.
Though what exactly does a muscle hamster look like, anyways? Something like this, we think:
Only time will tell if the Dougernaut sticks.
Com as escolhas 48 e 49, a L32 seleciona: WR DeSean Jackson (WAS) e o RB Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin (TB)… pic.twitter.com/1XeeamzqH2
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