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Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt plans to let his kicking shut people up about his name

What’s in a name? Pitt fans are hoping absolutely nothing. The Panthers recently received a commitment from a class of 2013 kicker that goes by the name Chris Blewitt. For obvious reasons, Blewitt has been the talk of the internet over the past several days and was even mentioned on ESPN because of his unfortunate last name. To his credit, Blewitt said he is used to hearing about his name and knows it means he has to perform well.

“With a name like that, I guess I have to be good,” Blewitt told TribLIVE while mentioning how he has gotten grief mostly from teammates and not opponents. “I just embrace it. I’ve been living with it all my life. I knew this day would happen eventually. It’s nothing new. I think it’s kind of funny that it’s happening.

“It’s probably a little bit trying to show people that it’s just a name. People don’t know all the hard work that I’ve put in, what I’m capable of doing now. All the hard work, I’ll just let that show. And that’ll shut them up.”

If Blewitt enjoys pressure, he’ll thrive on the college scene. Division-I kickers are under enough pressure as it is to make big kicks with the entire student body breathing down their necks, let alone ones who have insults built in to their last names. Because of his name, Pitt may have landed a kicker that will be slightly more focused than his counterparts across the country.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

Pitt will have a kicker named Chris Blewitt in 2013

If the best kicker in the world was named Chris Blewitt, would you trust him? Pittsburgh fans are going to have to. He may not be the best kicker in the world, but Blewitt has to be pretty good to be offered a scholarship by a major Division I football program. Many schools don’t like using scholarships on kickers and punters, so if you’re going to use one on a guy named Blewitt you must be fairly confident in his abilities.

Obviously, Pitt fans won’t have to try very hard to heckle this poor kid if things don’t go his way. If he winds up being the team’s placekicker, Blewitt is going to miss a crucial kick at some point in his career. Everyone does, but not everyone has to deal with “You blew it, Blewitt” or “Blewitt, That’s a perfect f***in name!” when they make a mistake.

Chris will inevitably hear something along those lines from Panther fans at some point. Considering he’s gone through his entire life with that last name and still managed to land a scholarship to a D-I school, my guess is Blewitt can probably handle it.

Hey, as far as sports names go, it could be worse.

H/T Throw the Flag