Moritz Böhringer gets permission for an umlaut on his jersey

When the Vikings drafted him, Moritz Böhringer became the only NFL player who made it straight to the league from European football. And now Böhringer has another distinction: He’s the only NFL player with an umlaut on his jersey.

The Vikings announced today that Böhringer has received approval from the NFL to add the umlaut over the ‘o’ in his last name on his jersey. We’ve previously been spelling his last name as “Boehringer,” but he actually spells it Böhringer.

The umlaut is commonly used in German, but it’s best known in the United States to fans of Mötley Crüe and Spın̈al Tap.

Böhringer will join Washington receiver Pierre Garçon, who is of Haitian decent and has a cédille under the c in his name on his jersey, as a rare NFL player with a special character on his jersey.

35 responses to “Moritz Böhringer gets permission for an umlaut on his jersey

  1. This is an outrage!

    Which one of Goodell’s flunkies is in charge of uniform punctuation?

  2. Five years from now we’ll probably hear all about how the owners “suggested” that the Vikings take this guy in exchange for hosting a SB in the Vikings new stadium. And the league magically will be playing 4 games a year in Berlin. Sounds about right.

  3. I’m not saying it shouldn’t happen. I mean, it is his name. But you know some idiots are going to try to add things like this, a la Ocho Cinco.

  4. flipola says:
    May 11, 2016 6:02 PM

    But you know some idiots are going to try to add things like this, a la Ocho Cinco.
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    So what? The gist of the article is that he asked permission and received it. Let those “idiots” ask what ever they want. You should be able to ask whatever you want. I mean what do you think this is? 1930’s Germ… Never mind.

  5. The NFL requires players to ask permission to have their legal names spelled correctly on their uniform?

    …bet the Vikes had to ask permission to put that cool pointy thing on the number 8 as well…

    Come on Big Brother Goodell, 1984 was a long time ago. Loosen up!

  6. Why in God’s name would the correct spelling of his last name require “approval” from the league office?

    I recall seeing Ken Stabler with a smiley face sticker on the front of his helmut. Can you imagine the collective freakout and fine the NFL High Command would hand down if he did that today?

  7. The umlaut is commonly used in German, but it’s best known in the United States to fans of Mötley Crüe and Spın̈al Tap.

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    Blue Öyster Cult had it long before those other bands.

  8. Umlaut’s are for losers. I want to see an eszett on a NFL jersey that would be sweet.

  9. sorry but this has gotta be a joke. this is AMERICA, if u want to play in are league use the AMERICAN spelling. this is why our countrys goin down the tubes folks! before u kno it ppl will be changing there names to include emojis. and how am i supposed to explane a eggplant emoji on a jersey to my child??? u tell me. thought so.

  10. DaveKShape says:
    May 11, 2016 5:53 PM

    Five years from now we’ll probably hear all about how the owners “suggested” that the Vikings take this guy in exchange for hosting a SB in the Vikings new stadium. And the league magically will be playing 4 games a year in Berlin. Sounds about right.
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    How could that statement get so many thumbs up? The Vikings are already set to host a Super Bowl already. It was settled 2 years ago and not something that is going to happen anytime soon again…

  11. If you are going to complain about “American” spelling, you might want to learn how to spell. Unless you think this is what constitutes American spelling. If so, that’s the reason the country is going down the tubes.

    [May 11, 2016 7:59 PM
    sorry but this has gotta be a joke. this is AMERICA, if u want to play in are league use the AMERICAN spelling. this is why our countrys goin down the tubes folks! before u kno it ppl will be changing there names to include emojis. and how am i supposed to explane a eggplant emoji on a jersey to my child??? u tell me. thought so.]

  12. realtruthteller100 says:
    May 11, 2016 7:59 PM
    sorry but this has gotta be a joke. this is AMERICA, if u want to play in are league use the AMERICAN spelling. this is why our countrys goin down the tubes folks! before u kno it ppl will be changing there names to include emojis. and how am i supposed to explane a eggplant emoji on a jersey to my child??? u tell me. thought so.
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    For the sake of future America, please refrain from explaining anything to your child or anyone else. Based on your comments I have doubts that you could work yourself out of a wet paperbag, with garden tools.

  13. Harbaugh claims this is a dirty trick by the Patriots! He’s going to lobby to get the letter “o” banned from the NFL! He’s still going to use it (incorrectly) each day.

  14. dirtdawg54 says:
    May 11, 2016 8:14 PM
    If you are going to complain about “American” spelling, you might want to learn how to spell. Unless you think this is what constitutes American spelling. If so, that’s the reason the country is going down the tubes.
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    For the sake of future America, please refrain from explaining anything to your child or anyone else. Based on your comments I have doubts that you could work yourself out of a wet paperbag, with garden tools.

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    Pretty clear that he’s joking geniuses

  15. Of course this all presupposes there will be a game day jersey for him to wear past the pre-season. Not many sixth rounders dress on Sunday.

  16. How nice of the league to allow him to spell his own name correctly. What did the NFLPA have to give up in negotiations for this?

  17. The NFL is a private corporation. For they pay their players, they could spell my name backwards for that matter.

  18. And while we are on this topic, can we PLEASE stop putting “II” or “III” or “Sr” on jerseys? Those suffixes are NOT any part of one’s last name. I do not care how many people in your family have the same name as you. And yes, I am one of those people with a suffix.

    In almost all cases, “Sr” isn’t even part of one’s legal name. Just because you name your kid after yourself, and add “Jr” or “II”, does not make you (officially) “Sr”. I suppose one could have one’s legal name changed, but I’m guessing that is pretty rare.

  19. MoBo lives in America, a relatively free country, and in the least should be allowed to HAVE his God given name without debate. If I lived in Germany I wouldn’t appreciate an institution telling me I would have to change my name to the German equivalent. With all the real problems in the NFL (and this country for that matter) this issue is beyond irrelevant.

  20. BÖC invented the gratuitous umlaut as used by many other bands since including Motörhead, Queensrÿche, etc. This is not gratuitous, it is his actual name.

    As for Minnesota, their best example would probably be Hüsker Dü, though that is taken from Hūsker Dū, which comes from Danish, just different diacritic.

    If we want to complete the circle… what would the NFL have done if a player went the Prince route and changed their name to an unpronounceable symbol?

  21. I’m really not sure why in the world this was even an issue or brought up. This is how the man spells his name. His Name. It is what is ours no matter what. The NFL has NO control over that no matter how much $$$ anyone makes. Silly really, that he has to ask permission, this is America, right???

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