Coquitlam’s Jevon Holland is giving some love to his hometown.
But his teammates on the NFL’s Miami Dolphins — not so much.
The second-year safety, who grew up in Coquitlam, gives a shout-out to the city where he started his football journey with Coquitlam Minor Football, in the Dophins’ "#MiniMic" series of social media posts on Twitter in which large, hulking players are challenged to speak into a small handheld microphone.
After Holland introduces the segment, entitled “Pronouncing people’s hometowns,” several of his teammates then go on to butcher the pronunciation of his birthplace or just give up altogether.
Rookie defensive lineman Owen Carney gives the city an extra syllable, pronouncing it Ko-quit-a-lum, while rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson goes completely off the board with a version that sounds like Kwy-Kwat-a-lum.
The Dophins held a mandatory mini-camp on June 1 and 2, followed by organized team activities June 6–7 and June 9–10. The team’s full training camp is set to begin in late July.
Holland was selected 36th overall by Miami in the 2021 NFL Draft after he opted out of his junior year at the University of Oregon.
The six-foot, 207-pounder played in 16 games in his rookie season, recording 48 solo tackles, 21 assisted takedowns and 2.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Holland is the son of former CFLer Robert Holland, who played seven season with Edmonton, Saskatchewan and the BC Lions, where he continued to do some coaching after he retired in 1997.
Jevon Holland spent eight years in Coquitlam. He also played soccer with North Coquitlam United.
The Holland family then moved to Oakland where Jevon became a star at Bishop O’Dowd High School, rising to the 13th ranked safety in America in his senior year.
He joined Oregon in 2017, amassing 72 solo tackles, nine interceptions and 19 pass deflections in his two seasons.
He elected to sit out the 2020 season to protect his health at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.