NFL (@NFL) August 25, 2015
@NFL Appreciate the shout out but can you refrain from using that name please? — Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) August 26, 2015
Doug Martin could end up being the Fantasy Sleeper of the Year this season. He’s returned to that barreling yet somehow agile muscle hamster form that took the League by storm in 2012 and… Oops wait, sorry Doug!
(There’s literally nothing Doug hates more on Earth than getting called “Muscle Hamster”)..
USA Today 2012
“It has to be the worst nickname ever,” Martin told NFL AM on Tuesay. “I can’t shake it. It started in college, started back in Boise, with our linemen. I have a lot of bigger friends, and they’d call me the Muscle Hamster because of how much I could lift in the weight room.”
Tampa AM Radio in 2013
Pleading for people to stop calling him “Muscle Hamster”:
“Stop calling me Muscle Hamster. I’m just telling everybody right now: Stop calling me Muscle Hamster. Dougernaut, Dougernator, Muscle & Hustle, any of those are fine. But Muscle Hamster has to stop. Doug is fine, also. The Muscle Hamster has to stop. Stop it.”
USA Today 2015
“The name ‘Muscle Hamster’ is the worst nickname possibly ever given to somebody,” Martin told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, leaning into a reporter’s recording device for effect. “I hope it changes, and I hope that I play to a level where my nickname changes. That’s what my goals are.
Extremely subtle effort by Doug over the years to shake that nickname. Actually just kidding it’s the only thing he takes time to tweet about and it’s plastered ALL over his bio. The only question remains… DOES he have a list of crossed of names too?
I SWEAR I’M ONLY CALLING YOU MUSCLE HAMSTER TO EXPLAIN THE BLOG DOUG.
Maybe if Doug really kills it this year he can write his own checks and make up his own anti-suck nickname. (NOT Dougernaut, Dougernator, Muscle & Hustle UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE). Pretty sure that’s the complete opposite way nicknames get made but after all these years of despair/injury, Doug deserves a break man.
Although he shouldn’t be too upset though… “Muscle Hamster” is a way cooler nickname than “Released Journeyman”