Sometimes dumb questions get good answers.
In these dog days of fall camp, I asked the four Huskies who go by their initials to explain how that happened.
I thought the answers were all pretty interesting, and especially J.D Williams:
E.J. Savannah, linebacker: "I think it was given to me by dad when I was younger – I mean like a baby. But it stuck with me until now, and now I've got it tattooed on my arm. I've got no middle name, so it's Edward Savannah Junior – the 'J' for 'Junior.'"
J.R. Hasty, tailback: "When I was born, my grandmother called me that. It's for James Ray. My dad is James Edwards, I'm J.R. I don't know why that is, but it's cool. It's what I've been called all my life. Some people on my team call me James just to be funny, but it's J.R."
T.J. Poe, linebacker: I'm a third. My grandpa is Thomas Poe, and my father is Tom, so I'm T.J. My mom didn't want it originally, but it just took off that way. I've never been called Tom."
J.D. Williams, secondary coach: "My real name is James Earl. J.D. came from playing at Fresno State. When I was playing there was another James Williams – he was a running back – and he was James Edward Williams, and I was James Earl Williams. My older brother David used to play at Fresno State, and Coach (Jim) Sweeney used to call me 'David's brother.' So he called me 'James, David's brother,' and the J.D. kind of stuck, and here it is. … Everybody that ever knew me before Fresno State calls me James, and after Fresno State they call me J.D."