Sure, we've seen articles on odd nicknames of players and teams. Here is an 11-man roster of players with actual real names and the impact they made on the game.
11) Jim Bob Cooter, QB of Tennessee, 2003-06. Yeah, he heard the giggles, but this is a guy so sharp he was made an assistant coach when he graduated. Tough and smart.
10) Lucious Pusey, LB at Eastern Illinois, 2006 to present. Oh my goodness. It's a good thing this fellow looks like he eats nails. It is said he legally changed his last name to Seymour this year. We can only be glad he didn't add it as a first name.
9) De' Cody Fagg, WR at Florida State, 2004-07. Now, you know this guy had to be born tough. A 6'3" receiver that could reach up and grab the ball over almost anyone.
8) Lawyer Tillman, WR/TE for Auburn, 1985-88. He may have the scholarly name and come across as relaxed on the field, but this was a fire-breathing terror on the plains.
7) Lawyer Milloy, Safety at Washington, 1992-95. One good barrister name deserves another. Ask Miami fans about him: His Huskies broke their long home winning streak.
6) Jiggy Smaha, DT for Georgia, 1965-68. Don't know why his parents chose that name, but he was rough and tough. Sat out two years in Athens but was well respected and a fan favorite.
5) Fair Hooker, WR at Arizona State, 1966-68. He is actually Fair Hooker Jr. Why? An outstanding receiver for the Sun Devils and a longtime professional standout.
4) Major Ogilvie, RB for Alabama, 1977-80. As the saying goes, a man's man. If your real name is Major, you know people expect you to lead. Terrific college player for the Bear.
3) Sonny Sixkiller, QB of Washington, 1970-72. Great star who took over the game the moment he stepped on the field. A Native American born in Oklahoma.
2) Roman Gabriel, QB of N.C. State, 1959-61. Imagine a QB 50 years ago who was 6'4" and 230 pounds, could throw long or short, and run as well. Completely unstoppable force of nature.
1) Curley Culp, DT/NG at Arizona State, 1965-67. Why not just give him the nickname Curley? The best unknown defensive player of all time. The strongest man in America, 1967 College Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, member of the USA Olympic Wrestling team. Named greatest athlete in the history of the state of Arizona by the Centennial Commission.
The NFL 3-4 defense was invented to take advantage of his power and quickness. Named in 2008 by a panel of former NFL players as the greatest Nose Tackle in the history of the NFL. Raised on a pig farm in Yuma, Arizona where he stated he developed his great strength by "carrying hogs." He was the ultimate destroyer.
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