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“Muscle Hamster” nickname came from act of chivalry

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Bucs running back Doug Martin hates the name “Muscle Hamster.”  That much we know.  But what we don’t know is how he got it.

Now we do.

Martin, a late-emerging candidate for offensive rookie of the year, tells Mike Garafolo of USA Today that the name initially was applied not to Martin but to his girlfriend at Boise State.

“[S]he was a gymnast,” Martin said.  “Small, but more cut than I was.  My friend [and college teammate] Jarell Root called her a muscle hamster.  So I stood up for her, like, ‘Hey, man, she’s not a muscle hamster!’  And he said, ‘You’re a muscle hamster, too.’  So they called us the muscle hamsters.”

After that, a friend mentioned the nickname in an article about Martin.  And then it ended up on ESPN.  And it took off from there.

At least no one is calling him an elf, angry or otherwise.  Yet.

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20 Responses to ““Muscle Hamster” nickname came from act of chivalry”
  1. beefbus says: Nov 9, 2012 3:15 PM

    Actually, the name didn’t come from an act of chivalry. It came after based on your account. Do you guys edit anything here?

  2. tombradysponytail says: Nov 9, 2012 3:19 PM

    He’s the best. I am so glad I was able to trade for him the week prior to his break out!

  3. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 9, 2012 3:19 PM


  4. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 9, 2012 3:21 PM

    How about “Ripped Gerbil”?

  5. pilot2011 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:27 PM

    “Little Buccarroo” is the new name according to Dan Patrick

  6. Slackmo says: Nov 9, 2012 3:31 PM

    Richard Gere requests more hamster coverage.

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 9, 2012 3:36 PM

    Dougie the Hedgehog

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 9, 2012 3:37 PM

    Arnold Schwartzeferret

  9. youallrfools says: Nov 9, 2012 3:37 PM

    Muscle Hamster is the best nickname ever given to a pro athlete. He should embrace it. Greg Steimsma, recently dubbed Steamer, is a close second.

  10. iced107 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:45 PM

    I think “Lemmiwinks” would be hilarious

  11. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 9, 2012 4:01 PM

    ‘You’re a muscle hamster, too.’ So they called us the muscle hamsters.

    HAHAHAHA .. i love it

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 9, 2012 4:02 PM

    No need to wonder what Muscle Hamsters are up to in their free time.

  13. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 9, 2012 4:13 PM

    It is amazing after years of training how one can contort one’s body. Of course, it is only useful in gymnastics.

  14. japmen says: Nov 9, 2012 4:14 PM

    I also think it’s the best nickname ever for an athlete. He may not like but it’s not going anywhere.

    I mean, is there a better line in sports than ‘ I think they are to bring in muscle hamster to put the game away’.

    Better than ‘and the muscle gerbil pounded through that hole and nothing way stopping him until he saw daylight’.

  15. joecool16280 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    Cam Newton wishes he could trades names…Garbage Time Superman just doesn’t have the same ring.

  16. johnnycamparm says: Nov 9, 2012 4:39 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Nov 9, 2012 3:37 PM
    Arnold Schwartzeferret
    Awesome! But I think Schwarzenhamster sounds even better. It sounds more German.

  17. Pat says: Nov 9, 2012 4:44 PM

    he specifically said ON ESPN his college lineman gave it to him because of how much he could lift in the weight room…so

  18. johnmaddenslovechild says: Nov 10, 2012 1:58 AM

    How about the Dougernaut? He’s a beast and runs right through defensive walls.. It makes sense.

  19. ctp603 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:38 AM

    Looks like San Diego knows how to stop this rodent this week; keep him busy with a bunch of cedar gnaws.

  20. doe22us says: Nov 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    Aha Jarrel Root of the Dolphins Hard Knocks, quite an entertaining character.

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