canada africa partner reservation I’m a future NFL star drafted by the New Orleans Saints – I have the most unique name in the entire league

I’m a future NFL star drafted by the New Orleans Saints – I have the most unique name in the entire league

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KOOL-AID McKinstry has one of the most unusual names in the NFL.

And the New Orleans Saints draft pick has embraced his flashy name and become one of the most exciting cornerback players in the league.

Former Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstryCredit: Getty
McKinstry was selected No. 41 overall in the NFL Draft by the New Orleans SaintsCredit: Getty
His real first name is Ga’QuincyCredit: Getty
McKinstry got his unusual nickname from his grandmotherCredit: Kool-Aid

McKinstry’s real first name is Ga’Quincy.

But the former Alabama star was nicknamed “Kool-Aid” by his grandmother Brenda Allen when she noticed his big smile as a baby.

“My grandmother nicknamed me ‘Kool-Aid’ when I was born because I came out smiling and reminded her of the Kool-Aid Man,” McKinstry told The US Sun.

“People have been calling me ‘Kool-Aid’ ever since and I’ve carried the nickname…with me my whole life.”

His mother Geneva told Tuscaloosa News, “And he wears that smile well to this day.”

McKinstry says no one calls him by his real name anymore, not even his family.

“Pretty much everyone calls me Kool-Aid!” he adds.

It’s a fitting nickname for the football star, who has a lot to smile about after being drafted No. 41 overall by the Saints.

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“Kool-Aid is more than just a nickname: I am truly obsessed with the drink and have been drinking it for as long as I can remember,” he says.

During McKinstry’s first year at Alabama in 2021, he signed a NIL deal with the Kool-Aid brand.

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And now that he’s among the pros, he’s teamed up with the company to launch a new special edition Black Cherry Blitz flavor.

“Collaborating with Kool-Aid was something I’ve always dreamed of and it’s cool to get to work with them in this way,” he adds.

During his three seasons at Alabama, he collected 93 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.

He also made valuable contributions to the special teams as a punt returner.

I have carried the nickname with me all my life

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Now McKinstry is ready to showcase his talents in the NFL with the Saints.

“I am extremely grateful and excited to take my skills to the next level in the NFL and especially with the Saints,” he said.

“(I) can’t wait to call New Orleans my new home and build a sense of community there.”

McKinstry celebrated his NFL draft selection at a party with his friends and family in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

“It was wonderful to be surrounded by people I love and to share this unique moment with those who have been with me since the very beginning,” he says.

“The Kool-Aid Man even showed up for me!”

McKinstry celebrates with the Kool-Aid Man at his draft partyCredit: Kool-Aid
The NFL star has launched a new flavor with Kool-AidCredit: Kool-Aid