White High School Athlete Noah Knigga’s Last Name Sparks Reactions

The teenager is dual sport athlete at Lawrenceburg High School in Indiana and has heard from eight different schools to play college football.

(Image via @KniggaNoah/Twitter)

High school athlete Noah Knigga has finally explained how to pronounce his last name, and it's not what people thought it was when he first went viral. 

On Sunday, the athlete and his family sat down for an interview with Robert Griffin III where viewers got to know the Kniggas a bit more. The former football player made a joke asking if the family has been to Paris, France, referencing Jay-Z and Kanye West's 2011 track "N***as In Paris." In their conversation, RGIII asked how to properly say their last name, and the family stated it's pronounced "Kih-nay-guh" instead of how it sounds phonetically like everyone on social media has been saying.

RGIII understood the pronunciation and said the family should release t-shirts with the slogan "KNIGGA PLEASE," which he felt would do numbers thanks to how people thought the last name was pronounced. Noah's father also revealed that the family hasn't gotten any slack from people based on their last name.


The Knigga Family went viral so I decided to sit down and get to know the Knigga’s behind the name.

♬ Chill Vibes - Tollan Kim

Knigga went viral last week when he announced he would be visiting West Virginia University in a tweet that went viral on X, formerly Twitter. RGIII retweeted the post with a caption that read, "That Naysayer built the arc," and it didn't take long for more people to pay attention to the high school student. 

Pat McAfee spoke about him on his show and his prospects in college football while also joking about his last name, saying he should join other sports so other announcers could say his last name. 

That Naysayer built the arc https://t.co/TlrQD3kamF pic.twitter.com/EVTCvK8Fe4

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 5, 2024
Twitter: @RGIII

Thanks for the segment today @PatMcAfeeShow ! The fun is just beginning, Noah Knaysayer! pic.twitter.com/nHHLLeRgrJ

— Noah Knigga (@KniggaNoah) January 5, 2024
Twitter: @KniggaNoah

Knigga is a two-sport athlete in basketball and football at Lawrenceburg High School in Indiana. He's an All-State outside linebacker and tight end who put up 207 tackles, including 42 tackles for loss and 14 sacks, and on offense, grabbed 20 receptions and ran for 224 yards in three seasons. 

He also plays small forward on the varsity basketball team at Lawrenceburg. In the 2023-24 season, Knigga is averaging eight points, four rebounds, and two assists a game and was crowned MVP of the Rivertown Classic Basketball Tournament last weekend, right after his twin sister Natalie was named MVP of the girl's tournament.

Check out some social media reactions to Noah Knigga's name below.

6'2" linebacker Noah Knigga getting buckets!
He won MVP of the Boy's Rivertown Classic a day after his twin sister, Natalie, won MVP at the Girl's Rivertown Classic.

(Via @tristatesports_)pic.twitter.com/1JK5zjlilQ

— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 9, 2024
Twitter: @Ballislife

Noah Knigga gonna change the game 💯 pic.twitter.com/h7g0jh56tL

— Kieran (@carebearkieran) January 5, 2024
Twitter: @carebearkieran

commentators when Noah Knigga makes a big defensive play for his team https://t.co/vj9xIYc0L6 pic.twitter.com/3uMIuEm3OB

— khari (@xKingKhari) January 4, 2024
Twitter: @xKingKhari

This Knigga’s pops is a savage for naming him Noah https://t.co/Htp3Ik35hS pic.twitter.com/eDLkd09cNo

— Big Len Dawg (@_LeonardSmithJr) January 5, 2024
Twitter: @_LeonardSmithJr

University: “So who should we recruit”

Coach: “I might Noah Knigga” https://t.co/ZRoHGh4arI

— J*tta ♕ (@20Kylies) January 8, 2024
Twitter: @20Kylies

Noah Knigga when he at a WVU cafe pic.twitter.com/Epyy49Nt1Z

— ornithological J (@JAAM_iAM) January 4, 2024
Twitter: @JAAM_iAM

Noah Knigga gonna make a play and the announcers just gonna be looking at each other like this. “You gonna make the call” 😂 pic.twitter.com/fzFkuNhSVf

— Gray (@TeamJordyn10) January 5, 2024
Twitter: @TeamJordyn10

White sports journalist pulling up to say Noah Knigga on live tv pic.twitter.com/EFyUvuK3tl

— Jasper Cooperwood (@j_cooperwood) January 6, 2024
Twitter: @j_cooperwood

Noah Knigga is an industry plant to allow white people to say the N word

— Ohene (@jolloff_ninja) January 9, 2024
Twitter: @jolloff_ninja

Noah Knigga.... pic.twitter.com/i3epxfPULo

— JC (@Gods_sonJ) January 6, 2024
Twitter: @Gods_sonJ

We got LANK and Noah Knigga in the same week https://t.co/Y6P1LYLd0D pic.twitter.com/P7DFi8wW25

— J. Rycharde🦅 (@i_am_jevy) January 7, 2024
Twitter: @i_am_jevy

Latest in Sports