Top Ten College Football Nicknames, Part 1

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Top Ten College Football Nicknames, Part 1
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What if he'd've wrassled a pig?

The Gipper.  Crazylegs.  Slingin' Sammy.

One of the reasons college football looms large in the national consciousness is that fans have called their heroes by nicknames that create endearment, intimacy, and an emotional attachment to the programs and players in the game.

For example, most kids in Alabama can say, "Bear"-referring to legendary coach Paul Bryant-before they can say, "Mamma".  But even their parents may not know that the coach they so lovingly invoke got his nickname from wrestling a bear from a traveling show as a boy in Fordyce, Arkansas.

And a legend was born.

Let's take a quick look at some of the best of college football nicknames in the period before 1980.

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