The 15 Best Nicknames for College Football Players of the Past 50 Years

BabyTateSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2008

15) Eugene "Mercury" Morris, RB, West Texas State 1966-68: So fast his speed was compared to an ancient legend, he set the single-game rushing record of 340 yards in '68.

14) William "The Refrigerator" Perry, DT, Clemson 1981-84: So named because of his enormous size—at his peak 6'2" and 382 pounds.  Ring size is 25.  A hearty appetite.

13) Dewey "The Swamp Rat" Warren, QB, Tennessee 1965-67: A native of Savannah, Georgia.  He once bet a crowd that teammate Richmond Flowers could outrun a horse.

12) John L. "The Hammer" Williams, RB, Florida 1982-85: This 5'11", 230-pound fire hydrant on roller skates lived up to his nickname by pounding the opposition with his thick frame.

11) "Bullet" Bob Hayes, WR, Florida A&M 1962-64: The fastest man in the world.  Hayes set the 100-yard dash world record of 9.1 and then won the Gold Medal in the '64 Olympics.

10) Johnny "The Italian Stallion" Musso, RB, Alabama 1969-71: Predating the film "Rocky," this is the original Stallion.  Academic All-American and fourth in the '71 Heisman vote.

9) Roger "The Artful Dodger" Staubach, QB, The Navy 1962-64: So named because of the way he scampered about in the backfield avoiding tacklers and running the ball.

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8) Kenny "The Snake" Stabler, QB, Alabama 1965-67: So named because of multiple reasons—too slick to catch on the run and too crafty to figure out are top two.

7) Bill "Earthquake" Enyart, RB, Oregon State 1966-68: Monster-size fullback at 6'4", 236, who thundered across the Northwest, turning the 3rd-and-1 into a laugher.

6) Carlos "The Cuban Comet" Alvarez, WR, Florida 1969-71: Let's take an extra moment here to communicate the true brilliance of this great man.  Of Cuban heritage, he was a legendary receiver for John Reaves who sped across the field with "the speed of a comet."  He was an Academic All-American who is a member of the National Academic Hall of Fame.  He graduated from Duke Law School Summa Cum Laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 1975.

5) Randy "The Manster" White, DE/DT, Maryland 1972-74: Half man, half monster, 6'4", 257, he was the ACC Player of the Year in 1974.  He won the Outland & Lombardi Awards.

4) Gale "The Kansas Comet" Sayers, RB, Kansas 1962-64: Quite possibly the greatest broken field runner in history.  He used the entire field like no one since Ernie Nevers.

3) Raghib "The Rocket" Ismael, Receiver, Notre Dame 1987-90: He exploded past normal players like a rocket blasting off, hence the obvious nickname.  No. 2 in 1990 Heisman vote.

2) Ted "The Mad Stork" Hendricks, DE, Miami 1966-68: 6'7", 220, relatively tall and thin, producing the nickname for this sensational Hurricane who altered the DE position.  He made 327 tackles in the 32 games he played, an average of 10.2 tackles a game.

1) Orenthal James "Orange Juice" Simpson, RB, Southern Cal 1967-68: 6'2", 210 with 9.3 speed in the 100, he defined the phrase "The Juice Is Loose."  He won the 1968 Heisman Trophy by the largest margin in history, 1,750 points, which still stands as the record.