Brad Wing can now scratch one thing off his bucket list, while also setting a new bar for every punter from this day forward.
The former LSU punter got his name dropped in a new song from music icon Nicki Minaj. In a verse for “Skrt on Me” with Calvin Harris, Wing — born in Australia — is rhymed alongside another foreign-born athlete who gained fame in the United States.
And while it couldn’t be said that Wing was famous on a national level previously, it can be said now.
Nicki Minaj has a new song with Calvin Harris, and she gave Giants punter Brad Wing a shout-out! pic.twitter.com/WlEpyZ9i4P
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 30, 2017
Also, if you were thinking of minimizing Wing’s moment in the sun and explaining it away as Minaj just trying to find a random word to rhyme, think again.
Wing caught Minaj’s attention after the artist started a viral trend called the #NickiMinajChallenge in which Minaj posted a video to Instagram boarding a plane while saying: “Attention. This is how bad (expletive) leave London and go to Prague. You (expletive) can’t even spell Prague.”
Wing took the challenge and posted a video on Instagram of him doing some cardio with the caption: “Half of you can’t even spell six miles” *@nickiminaj voice* #NickiMinajChallenge.
That got a laugh from Minaj, who gave her word to include Wing in the track. On Friday, he showed his appreciation.
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) June 30, 2017
At LSU, Wing was named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press in 2011. The Melbourne, Australia native signed as an underrated free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 but has played with the New York Giants during the last two seasons.
Last season, Wing was put to work as he punted 93 times, third-most in the NFL. He’s shown improvement in each of his three seasons as a pro, increasing his yards per punt from 43.7 (2014) to 44.5 (2015) to 46.2 (2016).