Doug Martin is the talk of Tampa, and the talk of most of the NFL after racking up 386 yards and 5 TDs in the last two games. Most people are now gravitating towards saying Martin is “teaching teams how to Dougie” when he blows off a huge run, but that’s hardly his nickname. Martin has been known as the “Muscle Hamster” since his days at Boise State and it’s followed him into his NFL days.
It’s a nickname Martin would like to get rid of before he gets too big of a star in the NFL and it’s forever attached to him.
“It has to be the worst nickname ever,” Martin said. “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.”
In case you’re keeping score, Martin benched 225 pound an insane 28 times at this year’s combine. The guy weighs in at just 215 pounds at a height of 5-foot-9.
We actually don’t mind Muscle Hamster and neither do most of the Buccaneers fans. It’s a catchy nickname and at the very least, can’t we just all be happy that a member of this team is worthy of a nickname that’s not derogatory towards their play? There really hasn’t been an offensive Buccaneers player ever worthy of a nickname and even the guys that were, like Warrick Dunn, never were given one.
Cadillac Williams technically had a nickname but he’s the last guy we want to mention next to Martin during his rookie season.
It’s not a name that’s going to evoke ghosts of the football past, but regardless of his nickname there’s one thing Martin is doing that we can all agree on. He’s rejuvenating this offense and giving it a deadly dimension and here’s a word that we can all associate to Martin now — winning.