What's In A Name?
What's In A Name?
Friday, August 4, 2006
By Casey Brown
Seeing the image of the golden horns that don each side of the Rams’ helmets slamming into the sternum of the opposition accurately represents the motion a prairie-dwelling ram performs against its grassland foes.
To the Native Americans, the ram was a symbol of strength and determination. In the wild, the animal uses its keratin-rich horns to drive, batter, and crush its opponent with forceful impact.
The ram is a most-appropriate mascot for a football team. It’s probably the most appropriate mascot in the NFL; especially when it comes to the battles at the line of scrimmage, in the trenches, where players butt heads continually.
While the Rams’ name has been popular in the NFL, it also has been popular on the prep front. Three Rams NFL players were on high school teams named the Rams. Another, running back Marshall Faulk, played for the Carver High Rams in New Orleans.
The NFL Rams came by their nickname because the original owners in Cleveland favored the Fordham University Rams. This was 1937, when Fordham had the fabled “Seven Blocks of Granite” linemen and were one of the country’s strongest teams. The original Cleveland Rams also wore the red and black of Fordham U.
Some Rams players come from high schools whose mascots have similar, unique origins or meanings:
Wide receiver Marques Hagans was a Crabber at Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia.
“I know don’t know where it came from but the whole mentality is that you can’t crush a crab,” Hagans said. “The shell of a crab is pretty tough. People try to step on crabs and smash the shell. There was a tough mentality [at Hampton] that you can’t crush a crab; that was our fight song. We’re naturally tough.”
Defensive tackle La’Roi Glover was a Pointer at Point Loma High School in San Diego, California.
“A Pointer is a dog,” Glover said. “It’s...