How did Chop Robinson get his nickname?

There are plenty of fun nicknames in the NFL, both current and past. Another excellent nickname will join the pantheon this weekend when Chop Robinson is selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. While his given name is Demeioun Robinson, the Penn State pass rusher has gone by a variation of “Pork Chop” his entire life.

We have to go all the way back for the origins of his nickname. When Robinson was born in 2003, he was so massive, his (heroic) mother nicknamed him “Pork Chop” and it was later shortened to a single word.

“I was 14 pounds when I was born and my mom gave me the nickname,” Robinson said at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. “Then, once I got older, I started to slim down. I couldn’t have people calling me ‘Pork Chop’ anymore because I wasn’t big, so I kept ‘Chop.’”

Like most of us when we hear our formal names, Robinson only hears “Demeioun” when he’s in trouble. I guess it’s true that pro athletes are just like us.

At home, he doesn’t go by “Chop” nor “Demeioun,” but another nickname from birth.

“I have a household name that’s actually ‘Plump,’” Robinson said. “So, I basically have two nicknames but my household name is ‘Plump.’ Nobody knows that.”

We all know it now.

Personally, I don’t think I could call the man “Plump” to his face, anyway. He’s 6’3”, 254 pounds and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. Robinson is a likely late first-round selection on Thursday night of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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