Maurice Hurt’s real first name

October 9, 2012

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


Maurice Hurt’s teammates often call him “Mo.” But there’s another name the Redskins guard doesn’t use, one that doesn’t quite fit his 330-pound frame. 

You see, Hurt’s given name is Sparrow Maurice Hurt. 

“I’m the second,” he explained to me. “My father’s name is Sparrow Maurice, so that’s what they called me.”

Hurt says nobody calls him Sparrow; that’s a name reserved for his father. But last season a fellow offensive lineman saw his full name on a medical form and it’s been an inside joke ever since. 

“Yeah, they tease me about it,” he said. 

“I’m not ashamed of it,” he continued. “It’s a family name, my father’s name, and I’m proud of that. I’ve just never gone by Sparrow. My dad is Sparrow. I’m Maurice.”

It’s kind of a shame. He could definitely pull off Sparrow.


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