Every week, announcers seem to have a slightly different story to explain the nickname of Jets favorite Damon Harrison. An undrafted rookie last year, the Jets nose tackle made the roster out of training camp and stuck providing depth at a continually injured position. With Sione Pouha never quite recovering from back injuries and Kenrick Ellis also injury prone he managed to stick around all year, and although Mike Devito saw the majority of snaps at nose tackle, Snacks was active for a couple of games and saw the field showing ability as a big body who could force double teams taking up blockers. This year however, he has made the jump, turning into an impresive all around talent on the interior, demanding constant attention and making big plays in the backfield. He has revitalized the Jets run defense and even made plays collapsing the pocket against the pass. The guy is a true gem of defensive lineman and a big reason for the dominance of this defensive front.
Every fan loves a story like this and when it comes with a great nickname like "Snacks" it makes even announcers around the league wet their pants. How come these announcers who are supposed to be so knowledgeable can't get the story right then? It seems like every Jets game I watch when he makes a play the commentators love to mention Big Snacks and explain his nickname yet none of them seem to have a consistent story. Mostly, their just seems to be an assumption that he is named "Snacks" because he is so big and likes to eat, which sounds good, but misses the point and leaves a great story to be forgotten. This guy went from a big 350 pound defensive lineman to a powerful and dynamic player because he worked hard and focused on his conditioning. Their are plenty of huge linemen around the league who failed because they were big and talented but couldn't stay in playing shape. The story that I've seen which seems to come from Harrison and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar which relates the origin of the "Snacks" nickname seems both more endearing to me and also highlights the coaching style of Dunbar and the determination of this overlooked prospect
Here is the source: http://www.mainenewssimply.com/content/nesn/jets-rookie-damon-harrison-earns-nickname-big-snacks-motivated-rice-krispie-treats-he-w
He's got a cool story and I think a terrific nickname which has evolved into a talking point about how he likes to snack on offensive linemen which is great but once in a while I'd like to believe that the game announcers are aware of the origin of a nickname and with all the horrific distractions happening around the league this year it would be great to hear a positive mention of the relationship between a succesful player and his coach and how they used rice krispies as motivation to improve.
Thanks for reading my little take on an insignificant subject. For those who were unaware, I hope you enjoyed the story. I love little things like this that make if fun to be a fan. Hope you enjoyed my first FanPost. I've been a life long Jets fan, but am new to this internet stuff, so it would be great to get feedback.
Let's go Jets!