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Dalton Not Crazy About Being Called "Red Rifle"

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SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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S/O to crbuzz for the fanshot about this.

Bengals rookie signal caller Andy Dalton is becoming a hot topic in the NFL. In a recent 2011 NFL re-draft by Gil Brandt Dalton was placed at being the #2 overall pick, calling him "smart and steady".  With his early success quarterbacking for a team many counted out from the beginning, it's easily understood why Dalton can be so popular. And like most players who get some buzz around them, Dalton was given a nickname. Dalton's nickname: "Red Rifle"

When asked about the name by NFL Total Access, Dalton didn't seem too thrilled about the title. 

It’s all right. It seems like everybody is going to find a nickname with ‘red’ or something for my hair. So, the ‘Red Rifle’ is all right.

Dalton was then asked what he would like to be called, he replied

Andy. Andy works. It’s just Andy.

So you've heard it from the horses mouth. Dalton seem to put much meaning into nicknames given by the media, and if he had his way, they would just call him Andy Dalton.  

So here you go Andy, from this point on I am refraining from using the term "red rifle".