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With Aubrayo on Board, How to Say 49ers Names

Posted Feb 9, 2015

The 49ers player-turned-defensive assistant goes by one true pronunciation. He's not the only San Francisco coach (or player) with a surname that needs clarification.

With the San Francisco 49ers addition of defensive assistant Aubrayo Franklin – it’s pronounced (uh-BRY-uh) – we thought the time would be right to review the correct pronunciations of coaches' and players’ names.

The NFL player-turned-coach, who was officially hired on Monday, isn't the only one with a name needing clarification.

For every straightforward Frank Gore, there’s an unknown like Corey Lemonier.

To avoid future confusion, here are the team’s tongue twisters:


Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey Jr. (muh-GAY-hee)

Offensive line coach Chris Foerster (FURR-stir)

Defensive assistant Ejiro Evero (eeh-JEE-row EV-uh-row)


LB NaVorro Bowman (nuh-VARR-oh BOH-minn)

CB Tramaine Brock (Truh-MAIN Brock)

LB Ahmad Brooks (uh-MAHD Brooks)

DT Tank Carradine (CARE-uh-deen)

TE Garrett Celek (SELL-ick)

S Craig Dahl (DOLL)

LG Mike Iupati (yoo-PAH-tee)

QB Colin Kaepernick (CAP-ur-nick)

LB Corey Lemonier (lemon-YAY)

LB Dan Skuta (SKOO-tuh)

LB Aldon Smith (ALL-dun)

LB Michael Wilhoite (WILL-hoyt)

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