Alabama football player named Kool-Aid | His real name?
Kool-Aid McKinstry is an Alabama Crimson Tide football defensive back.
ATLANTA – Fans are on the edge of their seats on Saturday as the University of Georgia and Alabama face off in the SEC Championship soccer game in Atlanta.
Alabama lead much of the game, scoring 24-17 at halftime ahead of Georgia. UGA fans sighed when a player, Kool-Aid McKinstry, raised his hand in the air to celebrate Georgian quarterback Stetson Bennett’s sack in the first half of the championship.
The Crimson Tide team member has people on social media wondering: is Kool-Aid his real name? Apparently McKinstry’s legal name isn’t Kool-Aid and it’s just a nickname.
The Alabama star’s first name is still legally Ga’Quincy McKinstry, but he’s been known as “Kool-Aid” for years. In a 2019 interview with AL.com, he said it was a pet name his grandmother gave him at birth because he “walked out smiling.”
McKinstry said he has since told people to call it Kool-Aid.
His nickname became so popular that the Alabama Crimson Tide football roster had McKinstry’s legal name listed on the website, but has since dropped it and changed the defensive back’s first name to “Kool-Aid.”
McKinstry became the first Alabama football player to sign a NIL deal, announcing a partnership with the famous beverage company and its namesake in August.
“So that means I can scream OH YEAH if I want to when I walk into a new room,” he wrote in a tweet.