LeSean "Shady" McCoy and the 5 Coolest NFL Player Nicknames

Justine BrownCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2011

LeSean "Shady" McCoy and the 5 Coolest NFL Player Nicknames

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    No, "Shady" McCoy is not the name of a protagonist from an old western movie, it is, in fact, the cool nickname of the top-scoring running back in the NFL.  

    Eagles running back LeSean McCoy received the nickname "Shady" from his mother as a baby, due to his constantly changing mood. McCoy's mother said that her son would "go from smiling one minute to shy the next."

    Shady can now stand for McCoy's elusiveness on the field. A quick-shift running back, McCoy is there one second and gone the next. 

    Here are five other NFL players who have neat nicknames.

Calvin Johnson

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    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson may have the best nickname out of any player in the NFL. Nicknamed "Megatron," Johnson is a big, strong, fast and above all, very talented wide receiver.

    Megatron comes from the character in Transformers who is big and powerful with no known weaknesses.  

    When it comes to NFL wide receivers, Johnson is at close as it comes to this description. Johnson is a prototype receiver that destroys opposing teams' defenses. 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' nickname, "The Law Firm," was given to him his rookie year due to him having multiple names, much like that of a law firm.

    Check out the video above in which some parodied the nickname and created a commercial for a BenJarvus Green-Ellis law firm.

Devin Hester

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    When it's all said and done, the Bears' Devin Hester will likely go down as the greatest return man of all-time in the NFL.

    Following in the footsteps of his mentor Deion Sanders, Hester received the nickname "Anytime" in college as a play off of "Prime Time."  Having had so much success since coming into the NFL, the nickname stuck.

    Hester has the ability to break loose at anytime on a punt or kick return and score a touchdown.

B.J. Raji

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    B.J. Raji is a giant nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers who has also been utilized in goal line packages as a full back. 

    Raji's nickname, "The Freezer," was something he came up with on his own playing off of, and paying homage to, former Bears defensive lineman William "The Fridge" Perry.

    At 6'2" and 335 pounds, Perry and Raji were built almost exactly the same, and during his playing days, Perry was also utilized at the full back position in goal line sets.

    The video above is the unforgettable B.J. Raji touchdown dance which we saw following an interception during last years' NFC Championship game against the Bears.

Wes Welker

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    Leading the NFL in receiving yards, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is known for being especially effective in the slot, garnering him the nickname, "The Slot Machine."

    Among people who have felt the pain of playing against Welker is Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Arguably the best corner in the NFL right now, Revis has admitted to struggling time and time again to defend Welker, calling him a slot machine.