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Doug Martin: I can’t shake Muscle Hamster, “worst nickname ever”

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Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is having a great rookie season. Now he wishes he could get a great nickname.

Instead, Martin is saddled with “Muscle Hamster,” the ridiculous nickname that some of his offensive linemen at Boise State gave him. Martin said on NFL AM that the nickname was given to him affectionately by teammates who were impressed by how much he could lift, considering his small stature. But he said he wishes they had come up with something better.

“It has to be the worst nickname ever,” Martin said. “I can’t shake it. It started in college, started back in Boise, with our linemen. I have a lot of bigger friends, and they’d call me the Muscle Hamster because of how much I could lift in the weight room.”

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Martin bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times at this year’s Scouting Combine, tied for the best mark among all the running backs. So Muscle Hamster may be fitting.

And while Muscle Hamster doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as some of the great running back nicknames of the past, like the Galloping Ghost Red Grange, or the Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye, Muscle Hamster is catchy enough that Martin is probably right that he can’t shake it. The Muscle Hamster nickname is here to stay, and while it might sound ridiculous at first, if Martin keeps playing like he has so far in his rookie season, it won’t be long before kids across America are imitating Martin when they play backyard football, and insisting on being called Muscle Hamster.

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61 Responses to “Doug Martin: I can’t shake Muscle Hamster, “worst nickname ever””
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    Embrace it. If you have more than this season, you’ll be remembered for a long time.

  2. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    Another star is born from the Raiders run defense. Dennis Allen was just organized practiced for John Fox’s defense. Reggie Mac can evaluate players, but he can’t evaluate coaches.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    One thing I’ve learned in life is you can’t choose what people call you. If you hate a nickname, act like you love it so they’ll find another.

  4. Slackmo says: Nov 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    Richard Gere would approve.

  5. scothawk says: Nov 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    They could call him Mr Fantasy.

    But then people would think he was a male escort or dancer.

  6. buccobruce40 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    May be impossible to shake Muscle Hamster but I think “The Dougernaut” deserves some consideration.

  7. mvp43 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    Better than the Muscle rodent.

  8. adderalljack says: Nov 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    They can call him anything they want- Dude is a beast!!… Love watching him run!

  9. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    Hopefully Cam let’s Ray Rice follow the same blueprint Muscle Hampster laid down on the Raiders. But he won’t.

  10. niners816 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    Not a fan of the Bucs, but that dude is a beast and fun to watch. That nickname is so bad, but it’s funny.

  11. bucingnasty says: Nov 6, 2012 10:47 AM

    Muscle be thy hamster

  12. sschmiggles says: Nov 6, 2012 10:48 AM

    Whatever, that’s the best nickname I’ve ever heard

  13. shaggyjeff says: Nov 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    dude is a beast and really humble …glad he is on my team….its better than a slow ,whimpy field mouse

  14. gatornation85 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    How about we just call him….Doug Martin?

  15. slickdemetrius says: Nov 6, 2012 10:52 AM

    Doug Martin, take the lemons and make lemonade. This nickname would have awesome potential for memorabilia and merchandising. Just think, Muscle Hamster t-shirts, bobbleheads, mugs, hats, pet hamster supplies.
    Use it to your advantage because we know a rb lifespan in this league is short.

  16. realitypolice says: Nov 6, 2012 10:54 AM

    Dude’s agent needs to give him a good slap in the face.

    Instead of whining about it, he should be copyrighting it. You can’t see Bucs fans buying Muscle Hamster T-Shirts and whatnot?

  17. maxvv says: Nov 6, 2012 10:54 AM

    T-BONE! The nickname was supposed to be T-Bone!!!

  18. blakeneyj says: Nov 6, 2012 10:57 AM

    M.C Hamster

  19. daknight93 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    that is a horrible nickname and won’t stick, but hey if they are happy with it so be it…Doug gotta keep the o-line happy if he wants those holes to keep opening

  20. bamboozle99 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    Mighty Mouse.

  21. Stiller43 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    How about t-bone or gammy?

  22. flavordave says: Nov 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    Hey Its better then the nickname some guys get . “Bust”

  23. mazblast says: Nov 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    When someone is that tough, that strong, and that good, I call him, “Sir”.

  24. rpiotr01 says: Nov 6, 2012 11:00 AM

    This guy’s agent needs to be talking to Kia right now.

  25. souldogdave says: Nov 6, 2012 11:01 AM

    Muscle hamster is derogatory. I agree with gatornation85, just use his name. Make his parents proud, use the name they gave him.

  26. NoHomeTeam says: Nov 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    Somebody get KIA on the line and book the guy for a Soul ad.

  27. bucs13 says: Nov 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    The nickname may be ridiculous, but it is both memorable and awesome (as is Doug Martin).

    Would anyone care about BJGE? No? What about the Law Firm?

    Look, my kid’s interest in the “Pirates” (ahem) has increased about 5000% since the Muscle Hamster has done his thing. Can’t wait ’til Sunday.

  28. xli2006 says: Nov 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    Not so fast Doug Martin….. “Muscle Gerbil” would be a little worse.

  29. profootballwalk says: Nov 6, 2012 11:11 AM

    Worse name: Super Gerbil.

  30. nygrwy says: Nov 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    225 28 times for his height is incredible.

    Can you imagine being up by 50 points in fantasy but your opponent had one player left oging which was doug martin. I think I would have quit fanatsy.

  31. lightcleric says: Nov 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    Ray Lewis being nicknamed “murderer” is way worse.

    I mean, it’s just nickname, right?

  32. milkmandanimal says: Nov 6, 2012 11:21 AM

    I really like the fact he’s been saddled with this ridiculous nickname, but he’s not throwing a fit about it. It’s silly, but he’s not some pompous jerk who’s going to make an issue of it. Really humble, well-spoken kid. Add that to the fact he’s kicking fanny on the field, and I couldn’t be happier this guy is on the Bucs.

  33. fordraptorforum says: Nov 6, 2012 11:23 AM

    As far as I’m concerned his name is Dougie Fresh

  34. kappy32 says: Nov 6, 2012 11:29 AM

    It’s better & more creative than “D-Mart.”

  35. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    I don’t think it’s so bad.

  36. jimbobobjr says: Nov 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    That man ain’t never gonna be right again. Something like that’ll ruin a man.

  37. jjackwagon says: Nov 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    Doug wasn’t paying attention during his marketing & economics classes at Boise. He is sitting on a gold mine and doesn’t even know it.

  38. christophershearin says: Nov 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    I love that your telling the masses about the name he hates………… classic!

  39. sactogary says: Nov 6, 2012 12:13 PM

    jjackwagon says:Nov 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    Doug wasn’t paying attention during his marketing & economics classes at Boise. He is sitting on a gold mine and doesn’t even know it.
    That is true.

    What guy would want to be called “Babe”? Then again, it’s hard to imagine George H. Ruth being called anything else.

  40. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 6, 2012 12:21 PM

    How about ‘Just another overrated running back thanks to the Raiders crappy run defense’?

  41. steelerben says: Nov 6, 2012 12:24 PM

    Love it or hate it, you have to like the fact that you are important enough to get a nickname.

  42. montsta says: Nov 6, 2012 12:40 PM

    Honey Badger is an awesome nickname and that guy is a train wreck. Be glad for what you got Doug.

    PS. Thank you in advance for winning me my fantasy league.

  43. fground says: Nov 6, 2012 12:43 PM

    hamsters are tough…I bought a couple of small hamsters for my daughters when they were young and we put them in this nice little glass aquarium with little houses and sawdust and wheels and everything you thought two little hamsters would like. We were told the two little hamsters were sisters – so my girls each adopted one each as their own…My younger girl called her’s fluffy and the older girl called her’s princess….

    Fluffy eat princesses head.

    Like I said hamsters are tough.

  44. deathspiralx says: Nov 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    Put me down for Mighty Mouse… Maybe Dig Dug.

  45. therealhazer says: Nov 6, 2012 12:53 PM

    We love us some Muscle Hamster. Pick your poison now suckers.

  46. bucfandango says: Nov 6, 2012 12:54 PM

    Oh, am I in town???

    Dean Martin

  47. Nevis says: Nov 6, 2012 1:06 PM

    Tampa Bay has a habit of kicking out 4-5 game wonders who you never hear from again. (See Caddy Williams, Blount, etc.)

  48. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 6, 2012 1:10 PM

    They settled on Muscle Hamster after the coaching staff vetoed Steroid Mouse.

  49. geddyn says: Nov 6, 2012 1:13 PM

    I like the Muscle Hamster nickname. After the Vikings game, he was asked what he’d like his nickname to be and he said, “I don’t know… T-Rex something…”

    So most Bucs fans I know have started referring to him as “D-Rex.”

  50. tokyomanblastersmom says: Nov 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    My 5 year old daughter has two hamsters. Chinese hamsters, I believe (can’t get ANYTHING made in America anymore, right?)

    Their names are Richard Ro-Dent and Dan HAMpton (we are Bears fans, duh).

    Anyway, her little sister squeezed one of them to death. We replaced it (Devin Hamster).

    So one day, my daughter had it sitting out on the couch with her, and it started cleaning itself with its little paws.

    “Look Dad – he’s cleaning hisself!!” she squealed, delighted by the cute little activity.

    “No honey,” I said, “it’s HIMself – you say ‘he’s cleaning HIMself…” (former English teacher that I am)

    So without missing a beat, my daughter smiles real big and says:

    “No Dad, it’s HAMself – he’s cleaning HAMself.”

    Agents, team reps, stadium announcers, etc. should start using that, too:

    “We are now pleased to introduce…Mr. Doug Martin hamself…”

    In any case, I like the name.
    (Better than “Megatron”, anyway)

  51. whysomanylosers says: Nov 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    Better nickname than that nice Scottish guy “Booger” McFarland.

  52. beretta96d says: Nov 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    5’9″ and 215# and shredded is not that small of a guy in the real world! Standing beside a lineman, sure but beside you and I, that’s another story!

  53. wjmoffatt says: Nov 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    Dougie fresh! The man does the dougie most the time he scores.

  54. bla bla bla says: Nov 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    Muscle Hamster is an awesome nickname. Embrace it.

  55. descendency says: Nov 6, 2012 2:20 PM

    Better than being fat and known as the “Doughnut”

  56. rjkilla says: Nov 6, 2012 2:32 PM

    how did nobody mention mighty mouse?

  57. cschick2317 says: Nov 6, 2012 2:51 PM

    Ok that’s just awesome. My husband’s nickname for me is hamster…hamsters unite! It evolved (devolved? lol) from the phrase from Monty Python “you’re mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberried”.

  58. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 6, 2012 3:55 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    Another star is born from the Raiders run defense. Dennis Allen was just organized practiced for John Fox’s defense. Reggie Mac can evaluate players, but he can’t evaluate coaches.

    He’s been doing it all year. Thanks for showing that you don’t watch film.

  59. syndrn says: Nov 6, 2012 5:38 PM

    We’ve been watching him for years at Boise State and my friends call him Rimfire. It has something to do with a .22 bullet and/or gun. He’ll always be Rimfire to me!

  60. raiderapologist says: Nov 6, 2012 10:06 PM

    Martin had a teammate nicknamed “Canadian Bacon”. He should consider himself lucky, and embrace his fleeting fame.

  61. jeagan1999 says: Nov 7, 2012 1:04 AM

    Call him whatever he wants….just keep feeding the Hamster!
    Go Bucs!

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