Skip to content

N.C. baby a tribute to Panthers, poorly spelled

Getty Images

Panthers fans love drawing out the vowel sound in the given name of linebacker Luke Kuechly.

One fan liked it so much he decided to pay tribute in a unique way. Or uuunique, as the case may be.

According to Adam Lawson of the Gaston Gazette, 33-year-old DeeJay Howell decided to name his newborn son Cameron Luuuke Howell.

That’s right, Cameron as in Cam Newton, and Luke as in the former defensive player of the year.

“I wanted him to have the same name as mine,” Howell said. “I was watching the OTAs and I seemed more and more hyped about the football season coming up. I thought what better way than to name him after our two future stars?

Right about now, you’re probably wondering: “Kuechly spells his name normally, what gives?”

So yes, the three Us were a deliberate decision.

“Put two on there and people will think we misspelled it or something,” the proud father said. “Three seems more intentional. I want to give props to Luke and his career that he’s had.”

The amazing part is his wife Sandy went along with this plan.

“He was writing it on the birth certificate in the hospital,” she said. “He was asking about the “Us.” I said, ‘You can do two’ and said no more. He said, ‘What about three?’ I said whatever.

“I said, ‘This is your story. This is your name.’ I’m just a good wife that let him pick the name.”

Of course, DeeJay could have named his son A.J. (or AyJay, I guess) and gotten the same effect, since a lot of Panthers fans liked to yell “Luuuke” when linebacker A.J. Klein was out there in his place, before Klein signed with the Saints this offseason.

Permalink 13 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Carolina Panthers, Home, Rumor Mill
13 Responses to “N.C. baby a tribute to Panthers, poorly spelled”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jul 10, 2017 1:36 PM

    Dad is a luuu-zer. (And I’m a Panthers fan.)

  2. goodguyattorney says: Jul 10, 2017 1:45 PM

    I really know I shouldn’t do this …


    … any question who he voted for last November?

  3. JMClarkent says: Jul 10, 2017 2:05 PM

    One “U” seems like plenty…

  4. tiller21 says: Jul 10, 2017 2:07 PM


  5. jag1959 says: Jul 10, 2017 2:16 PM

    goodguyattorney says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:45 PM
    I really know I shouldn’t do this …


    … any question who he voted for last November?

    You’re right, you shouldn’t have. And that’s the difference between you and the moron this article is about, you knew better but did it anyway.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Jul 10, 2017 2:24 PM

    This is dumb. Of course, so are the names Cam gave his children. Nobody seems to give their kids real names anymore.

  7. stipez says: Jul 10, 2017 2:25 PM

    Wife is an accomplice, she literally said, “whatever” about the name of her child.

  8. TheDPR says: Jul 10, 2017 2:32 PM

    I especially like how he called Camera and Luke “future” stars. It’s 2017 not 2012.

  9. denverscott says: Jul 10, 2017 2:58 PM

    Was Luuukwan taken?

  10. drakost says: Jul 10, 2017 3:32 PM

    Could be worse, could have named him North West. Course no one is that dumb….

  11. thirdand43 says: Jul 10, 2017 3:52 PM


  12. stairwayto7 says: Jul 10, 2017 4:08 PM

    Let me guess, he has 2 arm tattoos, weighs about 160, watches Nascar, drinks Budweiser and on his second wife.

  13. Ferdinand says: Jul 10, 2017 7:05 PM

    As someone who has been involved in interviewing and hiring, Let me tell you, the kids with the made-up and purposely misspelled names are never taken very seriously as candidates, regardless of qualifications. Even though it was their parents who were moronic, it is the kids that suffers for it.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!