- Dolphins safety Javon Holland hails from Canada.
- His hometown is not particularly easy to pronounce.
- Miami had to have some of Holland’s teammates do so and they could not.
With the No. 36 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Jevon Holland out of the University of Oregon. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety comes from a football family, but not in the NFL or even the United States.
Holland was born in British Columbia, Canada while his father both played and coached in the Canadian Football League. Eventually, prior to high school, his family moved to the Bay Area and lived in Pleasanton, California.
As Holland enters his second year in the NFL, his teammates were asked to pronounce the place from which he is from — Coquitlam, British Columbia. What resulted from the request is absolutely hilarious, the Dolphins were simply unable to get it correct.
Coquitlam is properly pronounced kow-kwit-luhm.
The following players give it a shot, but none of them get it right:
- Safety Eric Rowe
- Defensive lineman Owen Carney
- Fullback Alec Ingold
- Tight end Hunter Long
- Wide receiver River Cracraft
- Wide receiver Braylon Sanders
- Quarterback Skylar Thompson
- Tackle Terron Armstead
- Wide receiver Trent Sherfield
- Fullback John Lovett
- Cornerback Nik Needham
- Offensive lineman Robert Hunt
Long seemingly gets the closest of the group, but none of them seem to get all of the way there. Take a look:
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It would appear that Miami plans to make this an ongoing series, which hopefully is the case because it’s very simple and very funny. Stay tuned for any other hometowns!