What’s in a name? ‘Captain,’ ‘Macho’ explain

Two defensive back prospects at the combine have quite the first names: South Carolina’s Captain Munnerlyn and Virginia Tech’s Macho Harris.

Not only do both players have eye-catching names, they have the charisma to match.

Munnerlyn explained his name by saying his mother gave his grandmother the option to name her last child. His grandmother chose Captain in honor of his great-grandfather.

While rolling his eyes, Munnerlyn said, “I don’t know what they were thinking.”

He said he was routinely teased as a little kid, being called “Captain Crunch.” Eventually, though, he said he grew to like the name, because it represents who he is as a person.

“It actually fits my personality,” he said. “I feel like I’m a leader.”

To his credit, Munnerlyn later admitted he was once caught by a kicker on an 85-yard kickoff return prior to hitting the end zone, eliciting laughter from the cadre of reporters.

“No excuse, he caught me. He was already back there, and he made the tackle. I really want to know that kicker’s name, too. He was from Kentucky, and he could run,” a smiling Munnerlyn gushed.

Munnerlyn did point out that he outraced that same kicker to the end zone for a touchdown on a blocked field goal later in the game.

Unlike Munnerlyn, whose birth name is Captain, Macho Harris’ given name is actually Victor. He picked up the nickname as a child when his father decided he was too rambunctious and needed a more appropriate name.

“My father, he said when I was 2 years old, I was very, very challenging,” Harris said. “Riding my tricycle over people and stuff like that around the house, so he didn’t want to just give me a regular name like Victor. So he came up with Macho.”

Coincidentally, Harris has a very un-macho neck tattoo that reads “mama’s boy.” He said he got it in honor of his mother, who passed away on Christmas Day during his senior year of high school.

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