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Your Name Might Determine Your Fate
Brad Pitt was meant to be a leading man.
Not due to his looks, which are undeniably fantastic. And not because of his talent, of which he has oodles.
It’s because of his name.
Think about it. Brad conjures up broad shoulders, sinewy muscle definition, piercing eyes, and a commanding voice. (The name Bradley, however, doesn’t conjure much of anything, but Bradley Cooper overcame this barely surmountable obstacle, so props to him.) As for Pitt, that’s both the written and verbal manifestation of a high-five.
Brad Pitt. Actor. Boom. It was meant to be.
In no profession is the cool-name-to-massive-success correlation more pronounced than that of NFL quarterback. If your parents bestowed upon you a first name that conjures up leadership, confidence, and athleticism—and if you’re lucky enough to have a surname that does the same—you could well be on your way to a 5,000-yard season, a Super Bowl MVP, or even the Hall of Fame.
Conversely, if the name on your birth certificate leads to derogatory catcalls that lead to schoolyard fisticuffs, your chances of succeeding at football’s highest level are potentially diminished.
To that end, here are 45 semi-randomly-chosen quarterbacks, some of whom have strong, evocative names that might well have helped bring them on-field transcendence, some of whom overcame iffy names to find success, and some of whom are saddled with names that keep them from going next-level.