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Who owns the NFL’s FitzMagic? Minkah or Ryan?

Who has the real FitzMagic in the NFL? Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick or Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Although the QB is in his 14th NFL season, the phrase could eventually belong to the rookie defensive back. That’s because Minkah Fitzpatrick filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “FitzMagic” on Wednesday, Darren Heitner of thesports.biz reported on Monday.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website says: “A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services.”

Minkah Fitzpatrick has helped Miami win its first two games of the 2018 season after the Dolphins selected him with the 11th pick in the NFL Draft in April.

At Alabama, Fitzpatrick was a unanimous All-American in 2017 after earning first-team recognition from The Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association in 2016. Last season, he joined Michigan’s Charles Woodson and LSU’s Patrick Peterson as the only players to win both the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back, and the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s best defensive player.

Ryan Fitzpatrick also has helped his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, win its first two games.

The quarterback was slated for backup duty again this season until the NFL suspended former Hueytown High School standout Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Fitzpatrick has answered the bell by becoming the third player in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in consecutive games. He also tied a record set by former Alabama icon Joe Namath in 1972 by throwing four touchdown passes of at least 50 yards in the first two games of a season.

Fitzpatrick completed a pair of 75-yard passes in Tampa Bay’s 27-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, with one going to former Autauga Academy and Alabama standout O.J. Howard, a tight end for the Bucs.

Namath threw his four 50-yard-plus TD passes for the New York Jets in the second game of the 1972 season, with all coming in the second game of that campaign. Two went to former Williamson High School standout Rich Caster.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.





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