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Broncos DT Terrance Knighton’s nickname is ‘Pot Roast,’ but it could have been ‘Shrimp Alfredo’?


Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton’s contribution to Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday was explaining how he got the unique nickname of “Pot Roast.”

Apparently, during his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 6-foot-3, 335-pound behemoth was a bit too enthusiastic about an offering of food during a team flight. The rest, as they say, is goofy moniker history (via USA Today):

“It was on a flight coming back from Seattle my rookie year in Jacksonville,” Knighton said. “It was a six-hour flight. Guys were tired. The plane was dark and the lady was walking down the aisle, saying, “Pot Roast? Pot Roast?’

“And I’m like, ‘Right here.’ My teammate behind me said, ‘You say that like that’s your name?’

“He said, ‘I’m going to call you Pot Roast from now on.’ I said, ‘Yeah, whatever.’

“So it stuck to me.”’

Knighton mentioned that he hopes the unique nickname, combined with a high-profile appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII, translates into a lucrative endorsement deal.

“Maybe I can get a Chunky Soup commercial or something like that.

“Who knows?

“There’s a lot of things you can do with Pot Roast.

“Hopfully, somebody can up with an idea and I’m open to it.”

While the moniker did in fact stick with Knighton, even after switching teams, he came perilously close to being nicknamed something much less appealing, or at the very least not quite as, um, meaty.

“It was either that or Shrimp Alfredo,” Knighton joked.

Yeah, Shrimp Alfredo doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Pot Roast is much, much better. And tastier, too, in my humble opinion.