Vikings’ Moritz Boehringer gets NFL approval for unique jersey (pic)
German import Moritz Boehringer will be wearing a one-of-a-kind jersey when he takes the field with the Minnesota Vikings after receiving clearance from the NFL.
The Vikings announced via Twitter this week that the rookie wide receiver will be allowed to use the umalat in his last name on the back of his jersey, meaning it will read “Böhringer.”
Böhringer, not Boehringer.@MoBoehringer received approval from the @NFL to add the umlaut on his jersey. pic.twitter.com/w5oefFZZtT
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 11, 2016
As noted by Eye on Football, the wideout has been spelling his name with an “E” as umlauts typically aren’t used in the U.S. But henceforth — at least as far as the nameplate on his jersey is concerned — the rookie will go by “Böhringer.”
And suffice to say, he’s pretty happy about getting the NFL’s approval to have his name spelled in all its Germanic glory.
— Moritz Boehringer (@MoBoehringer) May 11, 2016
Böhringer joins Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon as one of a select few NFL players granted permission to use special characters on their nameplate, per an NFL.com report.
Böhringer became one of the biggest “feel-good” stories of the 2016 NFL Draft after the Vikings selected him 180th overall in the sixth round.
Excited to be an official member of the @Vikings organization. pic.twitter.com/9GkkBQPvmX
— Moritz Boehringer (@MoBoehringer) May 3, 2016
Incredibly raw but blessed with tremendous physical attributes, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound receiver has little experience playing American-style football but his potential upside as a developmental project made him arguably worth a gamble.
No matter how his NFL career plays out, at least his name is spelled on his jersey the way he prefers it.