Roughriders Sign Former T-Bird Kaho’ohanohano-Davis; What’s in a Name?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American linebacker La’Akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis.
Kaho’ohanohano-Davis (6’1-215) attended rookie camp with the Seattle Seahawks following the 2022 NFL Draft. He played five collegiate seasons (2017-21) at Southern Utah University. In 20 games, the former Thunderbird recorded 140 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, one interception, three pass knockdowns, and two forced fumbles.
The Kahului, Hawaii native led the team with 57 tackles and seven sacks to earn First-Team All-Big Sky honours in 2020. He led the team in tackles for a second straight season with 73 to earn Second-Team All-Big Sky honours after the 2021 season.
Roughriders writer Rob Vanstone further notes that La'Akea's name constitutes only a tie for the longest name in franchise history. Vanstone writes:
"The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added a big name — La’Akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis.
"Length of name, apostrophe and hyphen included: 27 characters.
"As far as this dusty historian can determine, the Hawaiian-born linebacker — whose signing was announced Thursday by the CFL team — has tied Jean-Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo (who had a stint with the Roughriders in 2006) for the longest name in franchise history.
"Next in line, one character off the pace, is 2008 draftee Jean-Francois Morin-Roberge.
"Close behind at 25 characters are Terrance J. Williams Bennett (2001), Christopher Nwabuisi Ezeala (2021) and, sort of, Jerome Thomas Frankenberger (1960-61).
"Frankenberger was commonly referred to as J.T., however, so the calculation of 25 may be exaggerated in his case. So sue me.
"Frankenberger owns the Roughriders’ longest documented all-alphabet surname (13 characters).
"He is one letter ahead of Tyron Brackenridge (2011-15), Cliff Featherstone (1978), James Hickenbotham (2004), Alex Pierzchalski (2014-15), Dave Vankoughnett (1989), Brian Vertefeuille (1976) and Jeremiah Weatherspoon (2011).
"And now, in comes Kaho’ohanohano-Davis — a name-game-changer.
"Before hyphen: 14 characters (13 letters, one apostrophe).
"Overall surname: 20 characters (18 letters, one apostrophe, one hyphen).
"At the other end of the spectrum, there is a tie in the shortest-name sweepstakes. Deadlocked at six characters, first and last names included, are Ray Ash (1959), Ab Bole (1919-21), Ken Don (1960-61, 1963), Nat Dye (1964-65), Tim Guy (1977), Ed King (1998), Bob Lee (1963) and Vad Lee (2016).
"Honourable mention goes to Regina-born player agent Rob Fry.
"We now interject a short name: Pete Shorts (1995-96).
"And a long name: Ted Long (1993)."