Everyone’s familiar with all-name teams. When you find a Lion King or a Silverberry Mouhon, it’s only natural to get excited. But sometimes a name doesn’t quite fit a sport. Sure, a guy like Dusty Baker is destined to play (and coach) baseball. But Pistol Pete Maravich was never going to be a bowler.
When I looked at quarterbacks this season, I noticed something out of the ordinary. There were a lot more NASCAR drivers playing quarterback in college than I thought. I mean, like a lot of them. How did this happen? When did this happen? I know NASCAR is popular, but who knew so many of these guys under center had racing names.
Here is my attempt to rank the top NASCAR quarterback names in college football. (I’m aware this is a dumb idea, so if you are going to say “this is dumb” in the comments, at least recognize that I already know this.)
1) Clint Trickett, West Virginia
I noticed this while Trickett was still at Florida State. The dude was born to race. After making the picture at the top, I was stunned at how natural he looks in the suit and a hat.
5) Jameis Winston, FSU
Here’s one that is a bit underrated. He’s got the first name that’s just different enough to stand out, like spelling Jimmy as Jimmie, plus he has a quintessential racing last name. Winston. There was a whole dang Cup named after that North Carolina cigarette brand.
11) Logan Woodside, Toledo
This guy seems poised to be the newcomer of the year, honestly. “Just entering the Chase is Logan Woodside. He started driving when he was 4 years old. His daddy built him a custom-made souped up Power Wheels, and he got that dang thing up to 35 miles per hour.”