Kevin “Ebenezer” McGehee is two visits away from 40,000 on his sitemeter. Once he hits that, he’ll drop the nickname, derived from an underperforming defensive lineman on the Dallas Cowboys who was taken first in the draft during the Chan Gailey era.

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  1. bryan says:

    Ah, that would be Mr. Ekuban (spelling may be off). I recall with quaint fondness the Chan Gailey era in Dallas Cowboy football. I didn’t think anyone could be a bigger hick than Coach Switzer, but Gailey did his best.

    Funniest thing, from a local sports talk station, the era’s favorite song was a remake of Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” (I get knocked down but I get up again/You’re never gonna keep me down
    ) with the tag line “We’re six and 10!”

  2. James Joyner says:

    Heh. Ekky was a reach for a 1st round pick. He was a raw player at North Carolina who hadn’t played much football. Everything I read about him at the time, though, was pretty positive–great talent, great attitude, and great work ethic. But he’s been a merely decent defensive lineman and, indeed, has been inactive although healthy the last couple of games. He’s had 12.5 sacks in his nearly 5 full seasons: