Miami Dolphins players are getting a little more acquainted with one of their B.C. teammate’s hometowns.
In a widely viewed video segment seemingly dubbed “Pronouncing People’s Hometowns,” several NFL players on the team are recorded reading out “Coquitlam” — many with little luck.
Some of the players had much difficulty reading out the TriCity name, some gaffes including Co-QUILT-lam and Caw–qua-ti-lam, while others refused to even try.
“No, I’m not reading that one,” fullback Alec Ingold said with a chuckle.
“I’m not even going to try that one,” wide receiver Braylon Sanders added, before proceeding with his best effort: “Kwa-quitlam.”
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“I know this one. But I don’t. Coquitlam, British Columbia? That’s so wrong,” tight end Hunter Long said, doubting his pronunciation — which happened to be right.
It took some others a few tries before they got it right.
Jevon Holland wrapped things up by expertly pronouncing his city, ending the video with a quick “shoutout to the hometown” to wrap things up.
The video has been shared hundreds of times, leaving many with laughter.
“This is so good,” one Twitter user wrote, while others suggested the players try some other Canadian cities on for size.
“Would love to see a player from Gananoque, ON.,” wrote another Twitter user.
Holland, who lived in Coquitlam until he was eight, was selected 36th overall in the 2021 draft — the highest a Canadian had ever been picked to play in the NFL.
“I love being able to represent the Canadian people, for me to be to be in this position is a blessing,” Holland said in April 2021. “I’m just honoured to be here. I’m overjoyed.”
He was the first Canadian to be selected in the draft after Chase Claypool and Neville Gallimore were selected in 2020.
Holland’s father, Robert, played at defensive back in both the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers from 1992 to 1993, and CFL with B.C., Edmonton, and Saskatchewan.