Top 5 EFLI Nicknames

Top 5 EFLI Nicknames

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Sports and nicknames go together like peanut butter and jelly, or rice and dal. Especially in a sport like American football, nicknames can help fans, coaches, and even other players become more familiar with the person. The EFLI may just be one season old, but nicknames are already being passed around. Which one is your favorite?

5. Rahul Kelaskar

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5. Rahul Kelaskar

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Nicknamed “sticks,” most likely for his wiry frame, the 6-foot-5 WR caught the eye of EFLI’s CEO Richard Whelan when Whelan was looking to bring in talent. Kelaskar didn’t see too much action in Season 1 as the goal is still to build upon his 125-pound frame. His goal is to become the Jerry Rice of India.

4. Amit Lochab

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4. Amit Lochab

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Originally a rugby player, coaches and teammates began referring to Amit Lochab as “Happy.” His upbeat personality and positive attitude created a great atmosphere on the sidelines. Don't forget, it was Happy that cleared an entire field with a tractor to make his own football practice facility.

3. Lalit Saini

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3. Lalit Saini

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What do you call someone who spent time playing on all three teams of the Delhi Defenders? Beast. That’ll do it. Saini, who played offense, defense and special teams, proved just how strong and resilient Indian athletes can be.

2. Mayank Sharma

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2. Mayank Sharma

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After finishing the season with 475 yards and six touchdowns, Sharma was nicknamed “Brady” for his resemblance to Tom Brady. No, Sharma is not the Indian version of Brady, but showed enough of an arm to be given the nickname. Unless he also has a model as a wife, Sharma has a some ways to go still.

1. Anant Verma

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Pakistan Wolfpak EFLI Delhi Defenders

1. Anant Verma

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Nicknamed “Fabio” for his long, luscious hair, Anant Verma was one of the top receivers for the Delhi Defenders in Season 1. Verma finished the season with three touchdowns and was, without a doubt, one of the best deep threats in the entire league.