Prepare yourselves. You’re going to hear the name “Mac Jones” over and over when it comes to discussing the New England Patriots in the months to come – and probably years.
But you can do it know that Jones, who goes by the nickname “Joker”, has a different name on his birth certificate: Michael McCorkle Jones.
As our friends at AL.com reported in a detailed post on former Alabama, the unusual middle name comes from his mother, who was Holly McCorkle before changing her last name to Jones.
This is also where “Mac” comes from. As AL.com reports, the Jones family plan was to reject Michael in favor of a shorter name. The decision led to some confusion when Jones’ pre-K teacher called out “Michael Jones” and was greeted with silence.
“I’ve always hated that name because it was so long,” Holly Jones told AL.com. “But then we decided, well, my family didn’t have a boy on their side to continue McCorkle, so that would be the only McCorkle to go through.”
The Patriots took Jones with the No.15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night, making him the presumed quarterback of the future for the franchise. Jones will start a positional battle at camp with veteran starting Cam Newton and 2019 Draft Pick Jarrett Stidham.
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