Trying to get to know athletes a little bit before interviewing them, I always spend considerable time looking up as many old articles as possible. Sometimes, you get as much information as you'd like (leading to questions about Jonathan Vilma's fluency in Creole) and other times, well, you're left wondering why there's not published account as to why Randall Gay's nickname is "Blue."
"You won't find it," he said. "I've been asked that question a million times. It was a nickname I got basically at birth and it stuck. That's what I go by. Randall, that's basically a media thing."
Blue (as he will henceforth be known in this space) said that he's not sure how he got the nickname, or even who gave it to him, but did offer a couple of the stories.
"One was that I was so black I was blue," he said. "Then I saw a picture and I'm like that can't be true 'cuase I wasn't that dark. And then another one was I had a blue birthmark but it must've disappeared cause I've never seen it. I don't know where it came from at all."
No matter the origin, we can definitely add this to the Saints nickname list. Another mystery is the note in the Saints media guide that he lettered in weightlifting in high school. Really? Like power lifting?
"I made it to state but it wasn't because I was real strong," he said. "I made it by default, they didn't have that many people in my weight class."
How much did he lift?
"It wasn't much at all," he admitted. "The weakest people go first and when I got to state I was the first person every time. I was always that first lift and then the next lift was always a 100 lbs heavier than what I had to do."
That' seems about right. After all, I can't imagine Blue, all 5-feet, 11-inches and 190-lbs of him, doing this.