My problem? His nickname is T.D. - for touchdown.
What's the problem, Wendy? Touchdown = NFL. Um, yeah, except this guy is a former offensive lineman. How the heck does an offensive lineman get a nickname like that? Maybe he's a such a good blocker that he opens up huge running lanes for the running back? But then wouldn't the running back be nicknamed T.D. since he's the one actually scoring the points? Generally speaking, guys on the O-line block. They can score touchdowns but only under certain conditions:
- They recover a fumble and run it in
- They catch a deflected pass and run it in
- They declare themselves as an "eligible receiver" - which means reporting to the referee before the play is snapped
So it just seems really odd that Hudson would give her character this nickname. I mean, sure a guy on the O-line can score a touchdown, but it's hardly an every day thing. I mean, it's usually an oddity, or trickery the coach whips out in the hopes of surprising the opposing team. Frankly, guys on the O-line have enough on their hands with blocking, they don't have time to worry about catching the ball as well. That's why they pay wide receivers.
More believable nicknames for offensive lineman would follow along the lines of Ox, Bubba or Tank. But I'm giving Hudson time. I'm only 30 pages into the story. She very well could explain the nickname later on. Maybe he scored one touchdown in his entire career and it happened in the Super Bowl or a playoff game and a nickname was born?
Either way, the lesson here is girls watch sports too. Authors, do your homework.