For at least one news cycle, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is going to be the talk of the football-loving town. Fans are going to be curious about the guy who led the team that took down the mighty Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.
Did he do much in the game? From a statistical perspective—no (18-of-29 for 151 yards and an interception). But success on the offensive side of the ball begins and ends with the quarterback—in this case, Brissett.
Yes, that is Jacoby Brissett’s nickname.
Since he was a kid, he has had the nickname “Carlton,” which is short for “Carlton Banks,” the nerdy sidekick to Will Smith on the popular sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, played by Alfonso Ribeiro.
Why? Well— there is somewhat of a resemblance, which a few fans have noted over the years.
The surest way to getting a nickname is to look like someone, but for the nickname to stick, it helps if you kind of act like him, too. That is not to say that Brissett has ever sung Tom Jones songs (or has he?), done the “Carlton dance,” or said anything like:
“I don’t wanna die! I wanna go to college and poke fun at all the kids on financial aid!”
He is just kind of—and it is not a bad thing—a nerd.
Why? Well—rather than try to explain it, here are a couple of scenarios that give some insight into the quirkiness that is Jacoby Brissett.
Zak Keefer of The Athletic, in a recent story, described an exchange that began with him asking Brissett when the Colts began to feel like his team:
“When Andrew retired,” he replied.
“So it happened right away?” I followed.
“Yep,” he said.
“It didn’t take a week or two? Why was it so instantaneous?”
“Because he wasn’t here.”
He used to show up to Friday practices sporting jerseys only true pop culture lovers could appreciate, including Bobby Boucher’s No. 9 (The Waterboy), Goldberg’s No. 33 (The Mighty Ducks), Willie Beaman’s No. 13 (Any Given Sunday), AC Slater’s No. 6 (Saved by the Bell), and even former President Barack Obama’s high school jersey.
He even donned Steve Urkel’s 00 (Family Matters), Forrest Gump’s No. 44, and—of course—Carlton Banks’ No. 25.
If you need further proof of his nerdiness, just follow the man on Twitter and check out some of his deep—and now infamous—shower thoughts.
Brissett and the Colts next take the field against the Houston Texans on Oct. 20.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.