You’ll find Budda at Arizona Cardinals organized team activities.
Without the ‘H’.
Cardinals second round draft pick Budda Baker’s given name is Bishard, but when he was a baby, his mother thought he looked like Buddha. Thus the nickname, minus the “H.”
The defensive back isn’t the only Cardinals player with a unique first name.
In fact, the team might lead the NFL in them.
There’s also a Scooby (not the dog), a Gump (not Forrest), and an Ironhead (not Craig Heyward), to name a few.
And who can forget Frostee (no relation to a Wendy’s Frosty)?
Cardinals’ All-First Name Team:
- Budda Baker, safety, Washington
- Mikey Bart, linebacker, North Carolina
- Scooby Wright, linebacker, Arizona
- Frostee Rucker, defensive tackle, USC
- Gump Hayes, cornerback, ASU
- Rudy Ford, cornerback, Auburn
- Ironhead Gallon, safety, Georgia Southern
- Cap Capi, linebacker, Akron
- Ulrick John, tackle, Georgia State
- Olsen Pierre, defensive tackle, Miami
- Givens Price, tackle, Nebraska
- Sojourn Shelton, cornerback, Wisconsin
- Zaviar Gooden, linebacker, Missouri
What’s your favorite first name on the Cardinals? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers contributed to this story.
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