Bacarri Rambo was taken by the Redskins in the sixth round of last weekend's NFL Draft. Not particularly noteworthy aside from the fact that the former Georgia safety goes by Bacarri Rambo, possibly the best name in the league. But before he was known as Rambo, Bacarri had another, somehow more awesome surname: Fudge.
We're not kidding.
He was born Bacarri Fudge (Fudge was his mother's maiden name). But in grade school his parents legally changed his name to Rambo (after his father, Danny Rambo).
“When people see the name ‘Rambo' on the back of my jersey, they expect me to be a hard-nosed killer with a scarf around my head and paint under my eyes,” Bacarri told the AP in 2010 (thanks to Sports Bog for doing the heavy lifting). “If I was playing in the secondary and named Fudge, everybody would say I was soft. I went from being soft to being hard.“
Actually, he went from Fudge to Goo before arriving at Baccari Rambo. Yes, this is a real thing, too. Via the Red & Black in 2010:
“When I was an infant, my mom used to always give me cough drops because I always used to cry," Bacarri said at the time. "So I'd get cough drops, and I'd suck on them. And my eyes, they'd say I'd look like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon character, because my eyes would get big. So I'd look like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon character. Then it went from Mr. Magoo to Magoo. Then everyone started calling me ‘Goo.' …
"That's like a hometown nickname. None of the teachers at my school called me Bacarri. Matter of fact, I've never ever heard my mom or my dad call me Bacarri,” he continued. “They probably don't even know my first name, to be honest. Everybody calls me 'Goo' back at home.”
So, to recap: Bacarri Rambo was known as Goo Fudge through middle school, then Goo Rambo and now just Bacarri Rambo.