CJ Uzomah, New York Jets
CJ Uzomah, New York Jets, Getty Images

Any self-respecting Jets fan should be able to pronounce their tight end’s last name

C.J. Uzomah has brought his infectious personality to the New York Jets.

He has also carried the long trail of people who mispronounce his last name to East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Folks, Uzomah already got ahead of that. Last season, he graciously informed the Cincinnati media of the correct pronunciation of his last name.

Newsflash: it’s not YEW-ze-mah, Yew-ZOW-mah, or OO-ze-mah. It’s yew-ZAH-mah.

Uzomah. Yew-ZAH-mah. Uzomah.

While no one will care how badly his name has been mangled if he performs for the Jets, some of the mispronunciations grate on the ears.

Uzomah joins Jets tackle Chuma Edoga (ee-DOE-ga, not ee-DOH-ga) as having the most commonly mispronounced last name on this Jets team.

Other recent Jets players with mangled last names include former interior defensive lineman Folurunso Fatukasi, who left in free agency for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and former guard Greg Van Roten (not Rotten!), currently of the Buffalo Bills, whom the Jets cut this offseason.

Uzomah made a statement when training camp broke by wearing a Zach Wilson ‘Person of the Year’ t-shirt. He also gave Wilson a vote of confidence by saying that the Jets QB will make a Year 2 leap like his former quarterback, Joe Burrow.

Meanwhile, at Jets training camp, Tyler Conklin appears to have grabbed the edge over Uzomah in the TE1 battle. Conklin is quickly becoming Zach Wilson’s favorite target.

Still, Uzomah will most likely play a sizable role in Mike LaFleur’s offense, which includes many two-tight end sets.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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1 year ago

RIV-ka Board like cheeseboard?

Jonathan Richter
Jonathan Richter
1 year ago

ee-DOE-ga and ee-DOH-ga look the same to me. Is it ee-DOE-ga, or ee-DAH-ga? I say ee-DOE-ga.