Alas, Moritz Böhringer isn’t the first NFL player with an umlaut on his jersey

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When German receiver Moritz Böhringer first landed on the scene earlier this year, it became quickly clear that he can significantly help the league market its product to a European audience. And the league has taken full advantage of the marketing potential that comes with having in the employment of one of the NFL’s teams a guy who never has played football in America.

And, yes, those of a more cynical nature are keeping a close eye on everything that happens in relation to Böhringer. For some things that happen, skepticism and cynicism will be warranted. For others, it’s actually no big deal.

As to the latter, enter the umlaut. Some have made a big deal about the NFL granting Böhringer permission to use the double-dot device over the O in his name, and some have suggested he’s the first player in league history to use an umlaut. That would make a potentially compelling story even more compelling, if it were, you know, true.

Actually, former Rams center Tom Nütten had an umlaut. (There may have been more.) So if you buy a Böhringer jersey, you’re not buying the jersey of the first NFL player to ever have an umlaut. You also may not be buying the jersey of a guy who will be on the Vikings in Semptember.

If you think otherwise, ask all the people who bought Rams jerseys with No. 96 and the name “Sam” on the back in 2014.

24 responses to “Alas, Moritz Böhringer isn’t the first NFL player with an umlaut on his jersey

  1. Really? They have a rule for that too?!? Roger needs to give you his permission to right your own name?!? No permission = … $25K fine?

  2. “So if you buy a Böhringer jersey, you’re not buying the jersey of the first NFL player to ever have an umlaut.”

    If only I had known this yesterday before clicking “Buy Now”. Thanks, Mike.

  3. haha…it’s his name…unless your name is something like R2D2 there’s no reason the NFL should have to give consent for something like this. Stupid

  4. For all the articles related to how to spell ones name I really hope this kid not only makes the team but makes a name for himself so we can forget all this spelling stuff

  5. Silly. There’s no more need for the German umlaut than there is in English for the old æ instead of the modern “ae” (as in archaeology), it’s just about vowel pronunciation and can be accounted for by modified spelling if need be. But French, German and some other nations are too protectionist about their languages and by extension are somewhat pretentious about retaining such things as somehow being special or unique rather than just old hat.

  6. Well if you buy Bohringer’s jersey, double check to make sure its spelled correctly. If so, that’s more than they did for Bridgewater in his rookie year and he is allegedly their franchise QB.

  7. Well, we are about a season or two away from expanded advertising on jersey’s so I can’t imagine why anyone would care about this thing.

  8. Are you telling me you can buy a jersey of a guy who was just drafted in the sixth round? I just went on and I’m not seeing one. They do have a Casey Matthews jersey, even though he was cut in training camp last year without playing a game for the team. No discount. Who is buying these things?

  9. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. You can get a jersey for Taylor Heinicke, Zach Line, Jeff Locke, Jabari Price, Kevin McDermott, Shamar Stephen, Joe Webb, Desmond Bishop, Fred Evans, Mistral Raymond, Jeff Baca, Christian Ballard, Larry Dean, Jeremiah Sirles, Austin Shepherd, Carter Bykowski, Zac Kerin, Demarcus Van Dyke, Jordan Leslie(?), Gavin Lutman(?), Donte Foster(?), DaVaris Daniels(?), and Jalil Carter.

    But no Moritz yet. I have to use his first name because I can’t properly spell his last name on this keyboard.

  10. Nutten never played a game at center for the Rams. He was a left guard. He played next to Mike Gruttadauria, Andy McCollum and Dave Wohlabaugh (and even Steve Everitt for one really bad day), but he was always a guard with the Rams.

  11. ( . Y . ) says:
    May 12, 2016 12:38 PM

    What is the proper terminology for what Pierre Garcon has got going on, on the back of his jersey?


    It’s called a cédille

  12. goillini says:
    May 12, 2016 1:28 PM

    Horst Mühlmann – first kicker for the Bengals franchise in 1969.


    But, the question was if the umlaut was on the jersey, not whether it was in his name. Based on the two pics I could find of him on line, it was not on the jersey.

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