Nicknames are some of the best ways to get yourself remembered in your professional sport for a long time. “The Fridge”, “King James”, “The Mailman”, and “The Great Bambino” are just some of the most memorable nicknames in all of sports history.
While former Georgia Southern standout linebacker and current Arizona Cardinals rookie Edwin Jackson probably won’t make a huge impact n his first few seasons in the NFL, he certainly has an intriguing nickname. Fox Sports shared the story of how Jackson got the nickname “Pound Cake.”
Jackson had a terrific career in Statesboro. During his four years with the Eagles, Jackson recorded 218 total tackles, including 100 tackles in his senior year. That led the team and landed him the top ten of the Sun Belt Conference.
Unfortunately, Jackson didn’t get drafted in May, but he had the opportunity to discuss a contract with the Cardinals. As fate would have it, Jackson missed his flight to Phoenix, but fortunately got to the Cardinals’ offices the next day.
However, he didn’t come empty-handed. He brought the coaches, who were giving him a hard time about missing his flight, one his mom’s pound cakes, which Jackson claims are the best in the state.
“I pulled out these pound cakes, the best pound cakes from Georgia, homemade from scratch,” Jackson recalled to the Cardinals Blog. “My Mom, she cooks the best pound cakes in the world.”
That’s where he got his new nickname.
“As a rookie, they don’t really know your name,” Jackson said. “But they did not forget those pound cakes.”
That is certainly a way to begin your NFL career. The Cardinals certainly have a few of the more interesting nicknames in the league now. “Honey Badger” and now “Pound Cake”? Sounds like a party I want to be a part of.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Getty Images