General Booty: The Greatest Name in Football History?

by Suzanne Halliburton

General Booty is the name. Are we supposed to salute or applaud?

Seriously. There is a college football quarterback recruit named General Booty. He’s from a famous football family with deep ties to Louisiana.

Maybe General will be so good in college, he can surpass Major Applewhite as best quarterback with a military rank in his name and ties to Louisiana. He may have a leg up on Legend Brumbaugh, the former Maryland quarterback who transferred to Colorado and switched to tight end. The name is almost as perfect as Stetson Bennett, the now-former Georgia quarterback.

General is attracting all sorts of attention for his name. You can understand why. It’s unusual. It’s patriotic. And it’s aspirational. You immediately think of leader. No wonder he turned out to be a quarterback.

“Obviously, my name’s an attention grabber,” Booty told the Dallas Morning News. “And people like to do headlines with it. But I like to show people with my play that I can back it up, too. I have done that. I’m going to continue to do that as well and give them a reason to remember my name.”

General Booty Can Back Up His Name

General Booty — we like saying the name — can play some good football.

His main focus this week is keeping his team in the playoffs. He’s the quarterback of Allen High School, which is located in the Dallas suburbs. The Eagles, one of the most prominent high school programs in the country, are riding an 83-game regular-season winning streak. Yes, you read the win number correctly. Former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray helped Allen achieve the first half of the Allen winning streak.

Booty threw a touchdown pass with six seconds against Prosper High last month to extend the streak to 82.

This season Booty has played a part in 27 touchdowns. General has been a high school nomad. Allen is his fourth school. He’s also played for two schools in California and one in San Antonio.

Booty’s blood is thick with football. Abram Booty is his father. The older Booty was a receiver at LSU. Abram’s other two brothers played quarterback, Josh at LSU and John David at Southern California.

Granddad Johnny Booty was a highly-touted quarterback recruit from Shreveport Woodlawn High School. That’s the same school that produced NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw. Johnny played at Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Abram told the Morning News he loved the Army when he was growing up and decided as a teenager he would name his son “General.” When Abram’s wife Amy was pregnant with General, the couple decided his middle name would be Axel. And the couple would call him Axel. However, at an early age, General only would respond to General. So one of the coolest sports names ever was born.

Where Will Young QB Sign?

Wednesday is the first day of college football’s early signing period. Booty ranks as a two-star prospect. He’s not getting any attention from college football’s prestigious power five schools. But he’s received five offers — Liberty, McNeese, Louisiana-Monroe, Yale and Nicholls State.

It’s unclear if Booty will sign today. But his name makes him as popular as any five star.