Danny O’Brien was already a household name to ACC football fans after a breakout freshman campaign during which he threw for 22 touchdowns and only eight interceptions en route to ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
But now – thanks to the popular rapper Wale – the sophomore quarterback has been put in a national light.
In Wale’s new mixtape, “The Eleven-One-Eleven Theory,” the rapper gives a 'shout out' to O’Brien. At the 1:15 mark of the track “Barry Sanders,” Wale states, “The way I’m ballin’, give me a Grammy or Danny OB.”
The mixtape was released Wednesday afternoon, but O’Brien didn’t hear the song until it was played in the Terps locker room before this morning’s practice, courtesy of defensive lineman A.J. Francis.
“I heard it this morning in the locker room. I got a lot of crap for it,” O’Brien said. “It’s tight, though. He’s one of my favorite rappers. He’s probably top-three on my playlist.”
“I’m a Wale fan, and it’s strong support to see my quarterback in one of his songs,” running back Davin Meggett added. “To see Danny in a song is pretty interesting.”
O’Brien’s inclusion in the mix tape by Wale -- a D.C. native and graduate of Quince Orchard High in Montgomery County -- had some players making jokes about their teammate.
“I mean he’s Wale’s best friend. He’s Danny Hollywood,” the outspoken Francis said. “Everybody needs to use the hashtag "#DannyHollywood" [on Twitter]. You need to copyright me, though, and make sure you know I invented #DannyHollywood.”
With the mixtape recording over 300,000 downloads in the first few hours it was on the Internet, according to the International Business Times, players were impressed by the magnitude of the reference.
“That’s big-time right there,” wide receiver Ronnie Tyler said. “That’s crazy.”
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