We all thought Chad Johnson was crazy when he changed his name to Ocho Cinco. We thought Greg White was weird and a little obsessed with “Teen Wolf” when he changed his name to Stylez G. White. But those are large, strong men, who we would never dare make fun of to their face. But what if you met a punter named World of Warcraft?
That’s Chris Kluwe of the Vikings, who’s either the biggest video game nerd in the world, or the shrewdest businessman in the world. Can you imagine how many people would buy an officially licensed jersey with “Warcraft” on the back? On the other hand, there might be a few extra “running into the kicker” penalties next year. Chris Kluwe is stupid like a fox, after the jump.
Kluwe is into video games. Like, really into video games. He’s beaten the Guinness World Record holder at Guitar Hero.
“I’ve played video games since I was 4 years old,” he says. “I play them a lot more than I kick a football. I kick the ball about 45 minutes a day. I play video games about five or six hours a day.”
So with that much gaming on his mind, it’s no wonder he talks more about video games than football on his weekly radio show.
I told the guys at 93X that I was going to change my name to Chris ‘World of Warcraft’ ” Kluwe said. “They said that’s too long. So they started calling me Chris ‘Warcraft.’ I could make a lot of money if I changed my name to that.”
I don’t think I’d be caught dead in a Warcraft jersey. But it could be worse.