Lions cornerback Darius Slay wants to be nicknamed ‘The Earth’
Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay has been going by the moniker “Big Play Slay” for some time now, but suggested after practice Wednesday night that he envisions going with a much more astronomical nickname sure to have a global impact.
Forget “Revis Island,” the moniker of the New York Jets cornerback. Slay is “The Earth.”
Slay, a third-year cornerback out of Mississippi State the Lions selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, was fraternizing with former teammate and NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson during Wednesday’s practice when he announced his proposed nickname change.
Lining up against Burleson in a mock practice play, Slay was asked by a reporter if he could still cover Burleson.
“I can cover anybody on this planet,” Slay said, via the Detroit Free-Press’ Dave Birkett. “I am The Earth. Call me The Earth.”
When apparently asked if his proposed moniker was a slight at Darrelle Revis, Slay didn’t back down.
“I’m The Earth,” he said. “But Big Play Earth.”
Slay’s “Earth” nickname evokes a comment full of cocky bravado once uttered by former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot.
“Two-thirds of the world is covered by water,” he said. “The other third is covered by Fred Smoot.”
Geological references by NFL cornerbacks aside, Slay said later that even though going by “The Earth” would be phenomenal, he plans to keep on going by “Big Play Slay.”
“No, my name’s Big Play Slay,” he insisted. “That’s my nickname. That’s all day, every day. I’m just, ‘Hey, I’m Big Play.’ That’s all I do, I try to make big plays.”
And come up with pretty fantastic nicknames.