Vikings QB Joshua Dobbs has the best nickname in the NFL thanks to NASA

When Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs came off the bench in relief of rookie Jaren Hall in Sunday’s matchup the Atlanta Falcons, he hadn’t even taken a practice rep with his new team.

Dobbs, who barely had enough time to get acclimated with his new playbook following a Tuesday trade from the Arizona Cardinals, led the Vikings from an 11-3 deficit to a 31-28 win, passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 66 yards and a third score.

His performance was so impressive that it inspired NASA to give him a witty new nickname following arguably his best game of the season.

Dobbs is quite familiar with NASA, having earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee, making him a certified rocket scientist.

He spent two offseasons early in his career working at the NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center as part of the NFLPA’s Virtual Externship Program, and he was even on hand to witness the SpaceX launch to the International Space Station.

Dobbs first visited NASA when he was just 7 years old when his family took a slight detour on their way to Universal Studios for a family vacation.

The 28-year-old plans to pursue a career in aerospace engineering, perhaps with NASA, after his football career is over.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson has been on the injured reserve list since Week 6 due to a strained hamstring, but he is eligible to return to action this week. However, the Vikings have not made any decision yet. According to Ben Goessling of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell told reporters that the club is still weighing its options with Jefferson. “We’re going to do what’s best for Justin, and make sure when he does return, he can be the Justin Jefferson we all know and can expect to see,” O’Connell said. The Vikings have amazingly gone 4-0 without Jefferson in the lineup to run their record to 5-4 after starting the season 0-3. In the five games he has played this year, Jefferson has logged 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns. He initially suffered his hamstring injury during Minnesota’s Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Jefferson, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was selected by the Vikings with the 22nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old burst onto the scene during his rookie campaign, catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven scores. The following year, Jefferson was even better, snaring 108 balls for 1,616 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jefferson then posted his best season to date in 2022, leading the NFL in both receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,809) while reaching the end zone eight times. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and also earned a First-Team All-Pro selection last year. The Vikings have not yet come to terms on a new deal with Jefferson, who is widely expected to land one of the richest non-quarterback contracts in league history. Minnesota will battle the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.

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