This list is dedicated to the guys that make you wonder what the hell the announcer just said, and how the hell he knew how to pronounce it.
5. Legedu Naanee – WR – Chargers
Pronounced: LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY
While watching a Chargers game I couldn’t help but smirk everytime they said his name. I kept thinking it sounded like a good horse name in the Kentucky Derby. What’s better is that he even looks like a “Legedu”, or as I like to call him, “Lego Dude.”
4. Brandon Manumaleuna – TE – Chargers
He could have been higher on the list if his first name didn’t ruin it for him. Too bad. What were his parents thinking giving him a name like Brandon to precede Manu-manu-whatever-that-says? If you’re following, that makes two players now from San Diego. Sucks to be you, Norv Turner.
3. Touraj “T.J.” Houshmandzadeh – WR – Seahawks
We all knew this one was coming. Housh is a nice guy when you consider that he shortened his first name for us so we can at least manage 1/100th of his name. Poor guy can’t even get his full name in the Madden video game. TJJJJJJJ Who’s Your Momma. Championshippp.
2. Oshiomogho Atogwe – S – Rams
Pronounced: oh-SHIM-ago a-TOG-way
The start of his name pretty much sums up the way I feel when simply thinking about how to pronounce it. “Oh shiiii”… I’m in trouble.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha – CB – Raiders
Pronounced: Nahm-Dee Aso-MU-Wah
Two “N’s” to start a name? That’s terrible. He kills us with what I like to call the “double-whammy,” meaning you aren’t going to get his first, or last name right.