Inside The Bills

Fleener named after famous Hog

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2012 – 8:49 am

Stanford TE Coby Fleener, who is profiled in our latest Prospect Preview on Buffalobills.com today, has an interesting story behind his first name. His full first name of Jacoby was taken from the famed former left tackle of the Washington Redskins on the original offensive line that was nicknamed ‘The Hogs,’ Joe Jacoby.

“The story is essentially that mom was watching football on television and saw the name on the back of Joe’s jersey, liked the name and turned to my dad and said, What do you think about naming our son Jacoby? My dad, whose name is Bill, wasn’t a big fan of that idea,” said Fleener. “He wanted his son to be named Bill. So after a long labor and delivery, my mom asked, the one thing I ask is I’d like to name our son. So here I am.”

Fleener obviously goes by Coby for short. The tight end actually got the chance to speak with Jacoby by phone for a class assignment.

“It was actually for a sports journalism class,” Fleener said. “I was fortunate enough to have a professor that was a beat writer for the Washington Redskins and covered Joe when he was playing. He put in a call for me and made the connection and I just recently wrote a story for my sports journalism class that described my interaction with Joe and kind of how things came about.”

Jacoby was a four-time Pro Bowler including a pair of 1st team All-Pro nods.


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