Nicknames have always been a part of the culture of sport, but what is in a name?
The best thing about nicknames is also probably the worst thing about nicknames: You don't get to pick your own.
If you do pick your own, it's viewed as narcissistic—or even idiotic. Sometimes nicknames actually originate as an insult (see: Charlie Hustle), like that nickname you couldn't shake from the time you were in the second grade until your senior year in high school.
But most of the time they come out of adoration.
I know, I know—it has been done before.
But why, then, have some of the best nicknames in football been left off of other lists?
I was watching the "Top 10 Things We Miss About Football" on NFL Network, and one of the categories was "Nicknames." An analyst actually said something along the lines of, "There aren't any good nicknames in football anymore. Everyone has initials—AP, LT, DHB, MJD. LT isn't even original!
"And what's with the abbreviations? V-Jax, A-Rodg, etc. No one in the league has any imagination anymore."
Well sir, I am here to put that ridiculous argument to rest. This "10 Best" is inspired by and dedicated to my favorite nicknames in the NFL today.
Before we begin, I know that these things are completely subjective, so I invite you to comment on nicknames that didn't make the list. I would also like to know if there are any lesser-known nicknames out there (i.e. the ones you and your friends make up) for today's NFL stars. My personal favorite comes from my friend "G-Dub," who coined, "Donkey Kong" Suh for the Lions DE who throws quarterbacks rather than barrels.
Alright, on to the 10 Best!