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How John Miller got the nickname 'Big Boosie'

John Miller

CHARLOTTE — In a virtual press conference last week, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater used nicknames when shouting out the offensive line for its solid performance in the win over Arizona.

When he got to right guard John Miller, Bridgewater called him, 'Big Boosie.'

Where did that come from? Miller on Monday explained it dates back to his high school days at Miami Central.

"I was probably in the 10th grade or something like that. At the time, I was on JV," Miller said. "I don't know if y'all are familiar with the rapper Lil Boosie, and the way that he wears his hair is a fade, if you know what a fade is. And so I walked out there with a fade, and everybody was like, 'Yo! You got that same haircut as that rapper, Lil Boosie! … But you big as hell, we can't call you Lil Boosie. We're gonna call you Big Boosie.'

"That's how it came about and how it stuck."

Miller, who's now 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, said he doesn't have any pictures of when he had a Boosie fade, so for those unfamiliar with the style, the rapper is pictured below:

Like Miller, Bridgewater grew up in South Florida, so they were familiar with each other before they became teammates at Louisville.

"We went to rival high schools, so we knew that Central liked to run behind 'Big Boosie,'" Bridgewater said.

Miller has now given left tackle Russell Okung a nickname, too: Russdiculous. Or Russ-diculous. It's unclear whether or not the name needs a hyphen.

"It just kind of came to me, and I just went with it," Miller said.

Miller has played every offensive snap for the Panthers at right guard so far this season. There's no word on whether he's planning to bring back the Boosie fade anytime soon.

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