Can Minkah Fitzpatrick make Ryan Fitzpatrick disappear?
The battle is on between the two Fitzpatricks over who is the true magician in the NFL after thesportsbiz.com first reported that Minkah, the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick, filed a trademark application for “FitzMagic” last Wednesday, an apparent one-up over Ryan, the quarterback off to a sizzling start with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Fitzpatrick’s trademark filing indicated the possibility he’ll market apparel including footwear and hats.
Ryan leads the NFL with a near-perfect 151.5 passer rating, averaging 409.5 yards per game with eight touchdowns and one interception.
He also leads the NFL in postgame attire you won’t soon forget.
Minkah Fitzpatrick’s trademark application includes this likeness of ‘FitzMagic.’
Minkah also is off to a strong start with nine total tackles.
He tends to dress normally.
In case you’re wondering about who thought of the nickname first, it appears Ryan has the edge.
Minkah’s use of “FitzMagic” dates back to his high school days in New Jersey.
But the first archived mention of “Fitzmagic” (no capital ‘M’) appeared in The Buffalo News on Nov. 29, 2010, when Ryan was playing for the Bills:
“There was an active and even robust football buzz in Buffalo this weekend for the first time in forever, with the recent blizzard of Bills touchdowns earning quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick the nickname Ryan Fitzmagic, and getting spectacular wideout Stevie Johnson called Stevie Wonder,” a columnist wrote.
Ryan (a k a, the other Fitzpatrick).
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