A whole blog post about newest Redskin Ryan Kerrigan’s nickname? Sure, why not, when that nickname is Superman.
“He’s smart, big, good-looking, fast and strong,” Purdue Coach Danny Hope once said. “He’s Superman in a lot of ways. That’s what the players call him, and he is.”
“The guys joke around and call me Superman because I’m kind of strong,” Kerrigan said in 2009. “They say I’m like Clark Kent. If they want to call me that, so be it.”
“He can do anything from a player standpoint,” Hope told the AP in 2010. “He can go longer and harder than most. He’s faster than most. He’s bigger than most. Stronger than most. Smarter than most. Better looking than most. He’s Superman. He’s our Superman.”
“I don’t really know where it stems from,” Kerrigan told the AP. “Maybe it stems from the demeanor I have on the field versus the demeanor off. It’s flattering....It’s kind of embarrassing in a way.”
“I don’t own any Superman shirts,” he later told the News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne. “It’s flattering, but it’s not a nickname I want to say, like I’m Superman. It’s embarrassing. I don’t want to seem like a cocky guy.”
“ ‘Superman’ is so out of character for Ryan,” his father, Brendan, told the Chicago Tribune. “But he says, ‘OK, if that’s what you want to call me.’ ”
By the end of his career, though, Hope had started calling him Tarzan, because of his hair, which is now gone.
Also, he doesn’t drink soda. That’s all I’ve got for you.