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The “Super Bowl of Pet Names” is an annual test of team loyalty conducted by PetFirst Pet Insurance, which analyzes its nationwide database of cat and dog policyholders to see what teams inspire the most pet names.
This year, the pet insurance company found that people are almost twice as likely to have a pet named after a Patriot player, compared to the Rams. There are 115 pets in the database who share names with Patriots players, while 61 share names with Rams players.
“Rooting for a team is fun, but when you name your beloved dog or cat after them it’s a true commitment,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst. “Every year, we like to measure fan devotion by comparing names.”
There was also one pet named Patriot, but none named Ram. (Both teams that lost in the Conference Championship games actually had more namesakes with 20 Chiefs and 6 Saints. The most popular NFL team pet name hails from New York with 37 Jets. There are also 31 Ravens and 15 Titans.)
Rams’ names included 16 Dantes – like Defensive End Dante Fowler. But Quarterback Jared Goff inspired zero Jareds and zero Goffs.
By contrast, Patriots QB Tom Brady shared a name with 34 PetFirst policyholders named Tom and 39 named Brady. There was even one cat named Tom Brady.
PetFirst found no Zuerleins and only 1 Greg, but after Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal that launched the Rams to the Super Bowl, the number of pets named after “Greg the Leg” may soon change. “We definitely will keep an eye on that as a name that could be up and coming in 2019,” said Blakeley.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas fans generally are well-represented in PetFirst rolls, even though the Cowboys aren’t in the Super Bowl this year. An examination of the PetFirst database found several interesting pairings of Cowboy names, including one family with dogs named Romo and Dez – such as the QB Tony Romo and Wide Receiver Dez Bryant. An Ohio family has a pair of Labrador Retrievers named Zeke and Elliott, inspired by the star Running Back Ezekiel Elliott.
Have a pet that is named after your favorite player? We’d love for you to share them with us on Instagram. Tag your photo with @petfirst_pet_insurance or use our hashtag #loveyourpetfirst