Fanhood Fail: Carolina Panthers Edition

The Carolina Panthers have really dedicated fans. One, however, may have gone too far with the naming of his newborn son.

panthersIt’s not a new deal at all for sports fans to name their kids after their favorite athletes. So, it would’t shock anyone to hear that a North Carolina man has graced his newborn son with the first name Cameron. Yeah…no biggie, right? Everyone loves Cam Newton!

However, Panthers fan DeeJay Howell, completely ripped the envelope to shreds when deciding on young Cameron’s middle name.

According to Adam Lawson of the Gaston Gazette, 33-year-old DeeJay Howell decided to name his newborn son Cameron Luuuke Howell.

That’s right. The middle name is in honor of Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.

“I wanted him to have the same name as mine,” Howell said. “I was watching the OTAs and I seemed more and more hyped about the football season coming up. I thought what better way than to name him after our two future stars?”

Ok, sounds cool. But, I know you’re wondering about my typo of the middle name.  “Kuechly spells his name normally, what gives?”

Nope! No typo folks. The 3 “U”s were totally on purpose. By me and by DeeJay, unfortunately.

“Put two on there and people will think we misspelled it or something,” the proud papa stated. “Three seems more intentional. I want to give props to Luke and his career that he’s had.”

The amazing (or saddening) thing is that his wife Sandy went along with this plan.

“He was writing it on the birth certificate in the hospital,” said Sandy. “He was asking about the “Us.” I said, ‘You can do two’ and said no more. He said, ‘What about three?’ I said whatever.

“I said, ‘This is your story. This is your name.’ I’m just a good wife that let him pick the name.”

I guess it’s a good thing DeeJay went against naming the kid after head coach Rooon Rivera or defensive tackle Kaaawaan Short.


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