The freshman quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies, Johnny Manziel, is the odds-on favorite to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy. That means if there are no big surprises, Manziel will be the first freshman to ever win the award, making his nickname "Johnny Football" all the more appropriate.
Over the course of sports history, there have been thousands of nicknames for athletes. Some have been better and more memorable than others, and we all have our favorites. The best nicknames aren't just catchy and memorable, they also tell a story.
I could nickname myself "Cheese," and people would probably remember the white girl with the ridiculous nickname. But they wouldn't know anything else about me, because "Cheese" doesn't define me in any way—thankfully.
However, I went to school with a kid nicknamed "Booger" for 12 years. More than a decade later, I still remember Booger because he used to pick his nose in kindergarten. We all called him Booger until we graduated. Actually, Booger didn't graduate, but most of the rest of us did. But I digress.
All I'm saying is that all nicknames are not created equal. "Matty Ice," "The Law Firm" and "Money" are all fine and good, but they really don't tell you much about the athletes themselves. So Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is cool under pressure, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has a lot of names and Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes money.
Meh. So what?
The best nicknames in history have a history themselves. They tell a story about the athlete, they make them more memorable and they look good in lights. Obviously this is a subjective...subject, but here are my 25 best nicknames in sports history.