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This week, What’s the Fuss with … caught up with Cardinals linebacker Jasper Brinkley, another offseason addition to the roster. Like some of his teammates, Brinkley grew up with a unique name, but not as unique as his older-by-one-minute brother, whose first name might scare you. Boo. Let’s get started.
How did the name come about?
Jasper Brinkley: It came from my dad. My mom gave him the opportunity to name us. He wanted us to be different because initially our names were going to be Brian and Brad.
Who was going to be Brian and who was Brad?
JB: I don’t know. I know those were the two names she wanted to go with but ultimately she let my dad name us and he wanted us to be different. And that’s the name he came up with.
Just [growing] up with the names, it was hard at first because being a kid, you know kids are going to tease you about that name always, Casper and Jasper the ghost. I think Casper had it worse off than I did being Casper because of the old cartoon character.
As we grew, the name kinda stuck with us and when we ran across people from different states, they were like that’s an odd name but it’s nice. It just kinda grew and then we started playing football and [were called] The Twins. It wasn’t even our names anymore, it was just The Twins.
Are you and Casper twins?
JB: Yeah, identical.
JB: He is by a minute.
Ever feel lucky as child you weren’t named Casper?
JB: Oh yeah, definitely. I was like, ‘I’m glad I’m not the one named Casper.' Other than that, it was cool though. You’re going to take your bumps and bruises with the name for a little bit until we hit our growth spurt and we were always bigger than everybody in our class then they stopped teasing.
Were you ever heckled for being named Jasper?
JB: Just a little bit. They still said the same thing about Casper’s name.
Did your dad get it from the cartoon, 'Casper the friendly ghost?'
JB: I don’t think so. I think he just wanted to be different.