“Danny Dimes” has caught fire — both the player on the field and the nickname off it.
Daniel Jones burst onto the NFL scene last week in his NFL debut, leading a come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that has even the most vocal critics of the New York Giants rethinking their assessments of his draft selection.
With the rise of Jones has come the proliferation of “Danny Dimes” mentions — in headlines, on sports talk shows and on podcasts. It rolls off the tongue and is a proper tribute to the deft touch he showed on multiple deep balls against the Bucs.
Except for one thing — Jones apparently could do without it.
‘It’s all right, I guess’
Yahoo Sports’ Kimberley Martin reports that Jones is “still adjusting” to the moniker that gained traction in fan circles weeks ago before exploding into the greater lexicon after his breakout against the Bucs.
He was less than enthusiastic when talking about the nickname with ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
“I don't know,” Jones said. “It's all right, I guess. There could be worse nicknames.”
So there’s that.
Jones, who told Martin that, “I go home and then I come into work every day” when asked about his newfound celebrity, appears to already have mastered the NFL quarterback art of saying as few interesting things as possible in public.
You can’t choose your own nickname
But here’s the thing about nicknames: You don’t get to choose your own. The best monikers are the ones that rise from fan movements and catch fire in moments like last Sunday when Jones scrambled into the end zone for the game-winning score.
Some guys try to chose their own, dropping it casually in conversations or media appearances, hoping it’ll catch on.
Don’t be that guy.
People already trying to profit of ‘Danny Dimes’
“Danny Dimes” is so smooth that random people are trying to capitalize on it. Two Giants fans last week reportedly applied to trademark the phrase.
As long as Jones’ debut doesn’t turn out to be a fluke, this is a sure winner, whether he likes it or not.
Maybe it’s the “Danny” part that bothers Jones. Boys go by “Danny.” Men go by “Dan” or “Daniel.” That’s an understandable qualm.
But too bad. As long as Jones continues to light up scoreboards and expectations, “Danny Dimes” isn’t going anywhere.
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