Best Contemporary Nicknames in the NFL
From Dick "Night Train" Lane to "Prime Time" Deion Sanders, there has been no shortage of nick names for NFL players.
Whether it be a simpler way for the media to say a name (LT-Chargers) or just a player's supernatural talent provoking media and teammates alike to come up with these nicknames (Sweetness - Walter Peyton), the NFL is still producing nickname worthy players
The following is a list of current NFL players whose nicknames have a chance to stand the test of time, much like Captain Comeback (Roger Stauback) and Mean Joe Greene
There is no ranking system to this list, these are just all the nicknames I thought were the best for the best players.
"Super Freak" - Randy Moss
Known for his speed and freakish leaping ability, Randy Moss was dubbed "Super Freak" early in his career.
Moss holds the record for most touchdown receptions in a season.
"Windy City Flyer" - Devin Hester
Devin Hester made a name for himself returning punts and kicks for the Chicago Bears, and even returned the opening kickoff in the 2006 Super Bowl (well, the game was in '07)
Hester holds the record for most special teams returns for touchdowns in a season.
"Weapon X" - Brian Dawkins
Brian Dawkins is known as one of the most fierce NFL safeties to ever play the game. The combination of power and speed made him a force in Philly for several years.
Michael "Burner" Turner
Turner exploded onto the NFL scene when he was finally given an opportunity to be the No. 1 guy on an NFL team. He rewarded the Falcons with 1699 yards and helped them make the playoffs one year removed from the Michael Vick debauchery.
"Run DMC" - Darren McFadden
McFadden has yet to make a name for himself in the NFL, though he did have a solid rookie season and gave the Raiders some promise heading into 2009. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that he has one fly nickname.
"Earth, Wind, and Fire" - NYG RB Tandem
I know what you're going to say, that Derrick Ward left and the nickname is gone now. Not so fast my friends. Danny Ware and or Andre Brown are ready to step up and be a reliable third option.
*My personal favorite
"Double Trouble" - Jonathon Stewart and DeAngelo Williams
There seems to be an uproar of RB tandem nicknames sprouting after the Giants came out with theirs. The duo of Stewart and Williams catapulted the Panthers to a first round bye in the playoffs in 2008.
"Smash and Dash" - LenDale White and Chris Johnson
White and Johnson also burst onto the scene in 2008, leading the Titans to a 13-3 record and a first round bye. Johnson with his lightning quick speed and White with his pulverizing power, the two could basically not be stopped until Baltimore stopped them in the playoffs.
"Tom Terrific" - Tom Brady
With his uncanny ability to will his team to victory and his model good looks, is there really any other nickname that would suffice?
Brady will be looking to continue his success as he returns to the field after a year-long break due to injury.
"Perfect Peyton" - Peyton Manning
At this point, Peyton Manning's career seems to be just an obstacle until he resides in Canton. All kidding aside, Peyton Manning will go down as one of the best regular season QB's of all time. If he wins any more titles, he may be the best ever.
"All Day" - Adrian Peterson
Given to him in college, Adrian Peterson was given this nickname because of his ability to take to the house on nearly every play.
AD is one of the best running backs in the league today, if not the best.
"Pocket Hercules" - Maurice Jones Drew
I imagine the hit on Shawne Merriman had much to do with this nickname. Drew is not only known for his punishing running style, but also known for protecting his quarterback at all costs. Merriman found out just what it meant when a RB has "the total package."
Marion "The Barbarian" Barber
Marion Barber is one of the most punishing NFL running backs I've seen since Jerome Bettis. He and Brandon Jacobs consistently battle it out every year for being considered the best "big back" in the NFL.