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Doug Martin constantly reminded of hated nickname by Josh Freeman



Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin has made quite a name for himself as the NFL's third-leading rusher and by setting a club single-game record with 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a win over the Raiders last Sunday.

But the nickname he brought with him from Boise State -- Muscle Hamster -- is one he has learned to loathe.

Nonetheless, Martin says the teammate who most frequently torments him with that nickname is quarterback Josh Freeman.

"I wouldn't say that,'' Freeman said smiling. "I would say that I have a number of close friends and family members who somehow dig up these awesome muscle hamster pictures on the internet and they send them to me and I just so happen to show them to Doug. But no, I call him Doug E. Fresh. Every now and then, I'll hear a good hamster joke and I'll tell my friend. It's funny. Right? But maybe he doesn't appreciate it.

"Doug's amazing, a tremendous player. You want to keep the guy happy, so, Doug E. Fresh it is."

[Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 9:40pm]


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