List of NFL nicknames

The following are nicknames throughout the history of the National Football League (NFL).


Nicknames for entire teams, or whole offensive or defensive units.


Nicknames for individual players, or small groups of individual players.

Nickname Player(s) Description
A-Train[67] Mike Alstott How he was as difficult to tackle as a freight train; "A" is a reference to his surname initial
Ageless Wonder[68][69] Darrell Green His remarkable ability to maintain a high level of play during the latter years of his 20 year career.
All Day[70] or AD Adrian Peterson Given to him by his parents because he would run "all day"
Amish Rifle[71] Ryan Fitzpatrick Given to him by Buffalo Bills fans because of his scraggly beard during the 2010 NFL season.
Anytime[72] Devin Hester His ability to return kicks and punts for touchdowns any time. Inspired from his mentor Deion "Prime Time" Sanders.
The Assassin[73] Jack Tatum Given for his pure brutality.
Bad Moon[74] Andre Rison Given nickname by ESPN's Chris Berman in reference to CCR's song "Bad Moon Rising".
BallSoHard[75] Terrell Suggs Suggs claims that the reason he plays so toughly and aggressively is because he went to BallSoHard University; however, he did admit in an interview during the 2011 NFL season that he got the name from the commonly known lyric in the Jay Z song "Niggas in Paris", feat. Kanye West.
Ball Hawk[76] Ed Reed Reed was always there to make a play on the ball (i.e. pass defense or interception).
Bambi[77] Lance Alworth For his speed, and his spectacular and graceful moves.
Beast Mode[78] Marshawn Lynch He used this term to describe himself during an interview. Afterward fans continued to use the term.
Big Ben[79] Ben Roethlisberger His imposing size, a nod to the large clock on the Elizabeth Tower in London
Big Game[80] Torry Holt Goes back to his college career at North Carolina State when he had great performances in games such as against No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles scoring two +60 yards touchdowns and thus helped stunning the Seminoles 24-7 for the program's biggest upset in 31 years. He also set Rookie Super Bowl Records for Receptions an Receiving yards in his first Super Bowl in the 1999 season, he also added a touchdown.
Big Daddy[81] Dan Wilkinson His 6'5", 340 lb frame
Big Snack[82] Casey Hampton Apparent reference to his large size and penchant for eating
Black Unicorn[83] Martellus Bennett
Blind Side Michael Oher Oher's high school life was the inspiration for the book and film "The Blind Side."
Blonde Bomber[84] Terry Bradshaw His blond hair combined with his tendencies to throw the ball down the field, hence "bomber"
Blood[85] John McNally Inspired by the film Blood and Sand, McNally took the first name to hide his identity while he first went professional, hoping someday to return to college football (he never did).
Boobie[86] Anthony Dixon The nickname comes from Boobie Miles, of Friday Night Lights fame, and was bestowed by his teammates in college.
Brickwall[87] Ray Lewis Lewis had the ability to hit players very hard and often injured them. Many players compared one of Lewis's hits to the feeling of running into a brick wall.
Broadway Joe[88] Joe Namath Reference to the wide avenue that ran through New York—the city where he played QB with the New York Jets
Breesus[89] Drew Brees Play on Brees's last name and his perception as the savior of Saints Football.
Brian Crushing Brian Cushing Play on Cushing's last name and his hard-hitting tackles.
Buck[90] Javorius Allen His high school teammates referred to him as "young buck" as he was a freshman on the varsity team.
Bullet Bob[91] Bob Hayes Reference to his incredible speed. Won gold medal and set world record in the 100 m at 1964 Summer Olympics.
Burner[92] Michael Turner Given both because of his ability to break long runs and because it rhymes with his last name. Got the name in college.
The Bus[93] Jerome Bettis Because of his ability to carry tacklers on his back like a "bus"
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid[94] Larry Csonka & Jim Kiick Miami Dolphins running back duo from 1968 to 1974; named after the movie about the famous outlaws.
The Butler Alfred Morris Nicknamed after Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's butler.
Cadillac[95] Carnell Williams A high school broadcaster at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama compared Williams' running to a luxury car.
Captain Checkdown[96] Trent Edwards Name given to quarterback Trent Edwards for his refusal to throw the deep ball, preferring instead to dump off to running backs or tight ends.
Captain Chaos[97] Chris Cooley Adapted from Dom DeLuise's character in The Cannonball Run; possibly due to shared initials.
Captain Kirk Kirk Cousins Nickname adapted from the star trek character James Kirk.
Captain Comeback[98] Roger Staubach Name given to quarterback Roger Staubach during his career with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1970s for his ability to bring back his team from being down during important games. Also referred to as Captain America for his strong old fashioned beliefs likening him to the comic book hero.
C.C.[99] Cris Carter C.C. for Cris Carter, Was #2(130) in touchdown receptions when he retired. Best known for his one-handed, sideline circus catches. Was part of the 3-Deep threats along with Vikings teammate Randy Moss, and Jake Reed.
CJ2K, CJ2', CJ1K Chris Johnson CJ for Chris Johnson, 2K for his 2000-yard rushing season, 2 as a play on CJ2K and a reference to his poor performance towards the beginning of the 2011 season
Comeback Kid Joe Montana Nickname given to Joe Montana for his comeback wins and in college and pros.
Concrete Charlie[100] Chuck Bednarik Bednarik worked as a concrete salesman during the NFL's offseason and was known for his hard hits and persistent endurance.
Crazy Legs[101] Elroy Hirsch Named for his unusual running style.
The Crow[102] Isaiah Crowell
Crystal Chandelier[103] Chris Chandler Was plagued by concussions and injuries, referencing his presumed fragility
Crunch Bunch[104] Harry Carson, Brian Kelley, Lawrence Taylor and Brad Van Pelt The 1981–83 New York Giants linebacking corps noted for their hard-hitting play and for generating many quarterback sacks, Taylor in particular. Mario Sestito of Troy, New York is credited with coining the name after a NY Giants newsletter at the time called 'Inside Football' held a contest to name this defensive unit.
Curtis "My Favorite" Martin[105] Curtis Martin Pun on the television show My Favorite Martian; bestowed by ESPN's Chris Berman
Deebo[106] James Harrison His similarity in appearance and demeanor to the character in the movie Friday played by Tom Lister, Jr.
Diesel[107] John Riggins Because of his powerback style of play—compared to a truck that ran on diesel.
Dr. Death[108] Skip Thomas Because of his physical tackling, and apparent resemblance to the cartoon character
Don't Cross The[109] Arthur Moats Name bestowed after Moats laid a clean, but particularly devastating hit on Brett Favre, ending Favre's streak of consecutive starts as well as leading to Favre's retirement at the end of the 2010 season. Moats are large trenches surrounding castles that served as a line of defense.
Double Trouble[110] DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers running back duo from 2008 to the present, previously known as Smash and Dash
Dump Truck[111] Najeh Davenport Allusion to an incident which allegedly occurred when he was in college as well as a take on one-time teammate Jerome Bettis' nickname, "The Bus"
Dwight Hicks and the Hot Licks[112] 1984 San Francisco 49ers defensive secondary led by Dwight Hicks
Dynamic Uno David Wilson His all-around skills at running back
Edge[113] Edgerrin James Shortening of his first name
Earth, Wind and Fire[114] Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward & Ahmad Bradshaw 2008 NY Giants running backs; Jacobs = Earth, Ward = Wind, Bradshaw = Fire
ELIte Eli Manning Play on his first name, Eli, and the word Elite. Used by New York Giants fans in reference to quarterback Eli Manning claiming that he considers himself in the same elite class of quarterbacks as Tom Brady during a preseason interview. Manning backed up this claim by beating Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI
The Face Cleaver Leonard Weaver
Famous Jameis Jameis Winston
Fast Willie[115] Willie Parker His speed
Fat Eddie[116] Eddie Lacy Gained after a photograph of Lacy practicing was posted online appearing to be overweight.
Fatso[117] Art Donovan A reference to his large frame.
Feeva Island[118] Jason Verrett During his media session at the combine, Verrett explained that his nickname is Feeva Island because he's "a player that's always hot" like he has a fever and he often plays man-to-man coverage "on an island."
Felipe Rios[119] Philip Rivers Popularized on Reddit and other social media after a meme was created featuring Rivers with a sombrero, mustache, "Rios" on the back of his jersey and sometimes with the phrase, "Bolt Up Brochachos".
Fitz Larry Fitzgerald The Cardinal fans call their beloved all-time best just by the first four letters of his last name "Fitz".
Fitzmagic[120] Ryan Fitzpatrick His ability to turn around a long-struggling Buffalo Bills offensive attack after several years of mediocrity. It was later turned around to Fitztragic when his play, as well as the team's, declined.
Five-Head Peyton Manning Due to his prominent and very tall forehead.
Flash 80[121] Jerry Rice His stunning plays combined with his number, 80
Flash Gordon Josh Gordon Gained by burning defenders.
The Flyin' Hawaiian[122] Troy Polamalu His style of diving into receivers and diving into pass paths for interception, and for Polamalu's Polynesian ancestry (Polamalu is in fact Samoan, but Hawaiian rhymes better)
Fragile Fred[123] Fred Taylor Perception of being injured constantly
Freak[124] Randy Moss His freakish athletic abilities
Freak[125] Jevon Kearse Combine stats off the charts for someone his size
FredEx Freddie Mitchell Because he "always delivered"
The Freezer[126] B.J. Raji A play off the nickname of William "The Refrigerator" Perry whom the Bears utilized in a similar manner during the 1980s. "Freezer" also alludes to the Packers home stadium, Lambeau Field, which is known for its freezing temperatures in December and February.
Fun Bunch[127] Early 1980s Washington Redskins wide receivers and tight ends This group's choreographed touchdown celebrations led to a league-wide ban of "excessive celebration" in 1984.
Galloping Ghost[128] Harold "Red" Grange Because no one could catch him
Genocide Gene Smith Because he shreds defenses.
Ghost (or "Space Ghost") Dave Casper After Casper the Friendly Ghost
Golden Boy Paul Hornung A reference to his blond hair and his alma mater, Notre Dame, with its gold helmets and the golden dome of the main building on the Notre Dame campus. Notre Dame students and alumni are also referred to as "Golden Domers".
Goose Tony Siragusa Given to him for his large size and big play as a defensive tackle.
The Gravedigger Gilbert Brown Earned nickname in honor of his celebratory dance following a thunderous tackle.
Golden Graham Jimmy Graham This is a play on his last name to refer to his all-star talent. Golden comes from the fact that the New Orleans Saints' secondary color is gold. He is also nicknamed this after his breakout 2011–2012 NFL Season at the tight end position with the New Orleans Saints.
The Grand Old Man George Blanda For playing till the age of 48, the oldest player ever in the NFL.
Greg The Leg Greg Zuerlein Reference to his ability to kick long Field Goals and also because "Leg" rhymes with his first name.
(The) Gronk[129][130] Rob Gronkowski Shortening of his last name which is Gronkowski. Also a play off of the Incredible Hulk due to Rob's size, power, and dominance.
The Gunslinger Brett Favre He earned this nickname for his intrepid attitude on the field, his legendary toughness and ability to come back from and play through injuries, and the fact that he threw bullet passes so hard he was known to break his receiver's fingers. The "gunslinger mentality" refers to Favre's tendency to fearlessly force throws to covered receivers, a high risk/high reward style of play.
Hacksaw Jack Reynolds Earned his nickname in 1969 by cutting an abandoned 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air in half with a hacksaw after his previously unbeaten University of Tennessee team returned from an embarrassing 38–0 road loss to Ole Miss.
The Hammer Jessie Tuggle Earned his nickname because of impact of hits he put on opposing ball carriers and QBs. Played his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons and was part of the 1998 "Dirty Birds" team.
He Hate Me Rod Smart Self-bestowed nickname Smart used on the back of his jersey during his time in the XFL. The nickname, which became a symbol of the XFL, stuck with Smart after he joined the NFL.
Hefty Lefty, Pillsbury Throwboy, The Round Mound of Touchdown, Jared Lorenzen His size and left-handed throwing motion
Hitman Harrison Smith His aggressive style of play and hit power
Hit and Run Thomas Jones and Leon Washington New York Jets running back duo from 2008 to 2009
Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu His ball instincts and his dyed blonde hair
The Hotel Flozell Adams His 6'7", 340-pound frame
The House Herman Johnson His 6'7", 386-pound frame
Housh T.J. Houshmandzadeh Play on the first syllable of his name.
Hogs[37] 1980s and early 1990s Washington Redskins offensive line Name first used by offensive line coach Joe Bugel during the team's 1982 training camp prior to winning Super Bowl XVII.
The Human Joystick Dante Hall Nickname given to him by coach Vermeil because of his big play ability in the return game
Inconvenient Truth Frank Gore Given by Rich Eisen: The Inconvenient truth was the name of former Vice President Al Gore's book/film
Intellectual Assassin[131] Ron Mix Mix had a degree in law at the time he played professional football.
Iron Head[132][133] Craig Heyward Heyward had an unusually large head, which he often used as a battering ram.
Iron Mike Mike Ditka
J.J. Swatt J.J. Watt Used by multiple media outlets for his ability to tip passes at the line of scrimmage. Began towards the start of the 2012 NFL season.
Jake "daylight come and you gotta" Delhomme Jake Delhomme Used by Chris Berman, a play on Delhomme's name and the Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte.
January Joe Joe Flacco For Joe Flacco's excellent postseason performance especially when compared to his regular season play. It is also a play on the name of the actress January Jones.
Joe Cool Joe Montana & Joe Flacco Joe Montana's ability to remain calm in pressure situations earned him the nickname. It has been used for Joe Flacco for his cool demeanor, especially during the postseason.
Johnny Football Johnny Manziel Coined by Manziel's fans while still a prospect in high school; the name stuck with him through college and into his professional career.
JPP Jason Pierre-Paul His initials
Juice O.J. Simpson Based on the initials of his first and middle name (OJ)
Juice [134] Le'Veon Bell Given to him by head coach Mike Tomlin during the 2014–2015 offseason.
Kamtrak Kam Chancellor For his running and hitting, a play on his name and Amtrak
K.G.B. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila His initials
Kansas Comet[135] Gale Sayers "Kansas Comet" was stuck on him by the Director of Sports Information at the University of Kansas.
Kirk CousINTS Kirk Cousins When Cousins comes in to replace the struggling Robert Griffin III, he tends to not play well, which includes throwing many interceptions (i.e. INTS).
The Kitchen Nate Newton Since he was presumably larger than "The Fridge"
The King[136] Jim Corcoran Corcoran, a journeyman quarterback whose NFL career was quite brief, earned a reputation for pomposity in high school when Corcoran, coming onto the field in a clean uniform after a rainstorm, drew a cheer of "hail to the King!" from a spectator.
L.T. Lawrence Taylor His initials
LT LaDainian Tomlinson His initials
Law Firm BenJarvus Green-Ellis Play on the length of his full name and its resemblance to the name of a law firm
Legatron, "'Greg the Leg"', "'YoungGZ"' Greg Zuerlein His ability to kick long field goals; also a play on the Transformers character Megatron
Legion of Boom (Seattle Seahawks)/L.O.B Seahawks defensive backs (Richard Sherman/Kam Chancellor/Earl Thomas/Byron Maxwell) hard hitting nature of the Seahawks defensive backs. A play on the Legion of Doom, a team of comic book supervillains.
Lights Out Shawne Merriman Because of his reputation of being a hard hitter; has been shortened to "Lights" by teammates in interviews
Long Gone L.G. Dupre An alternate take on his initials, and a reference to his ability to run away from competitors
M-80[137] Malcom Floyd His first initial and jersey number combined, also for his deep play ability.
Machine Gun Kelly[138] Jim Kelly Jim Kelly was perhaps best known for running the Bills' "No-Huddle Offense", which was fast-paced and denied opposing defenses the opportunity to make timely substitutions, establishing the Buffalo Bills as one of the NFL's most successful and dangerous offenses. A reference to mobster George "Machine Gun" Kelly.
The Mad Bomber Daryle Lamonica Lamonica tended to throw, or "bomb", the ball deep during unnecessary situations.
Mad Duck[139] Alex Karras Because of his short legs, he appeared to waddle like a duck.
Mad Stork Ted Hendricks Because of his 6'7" height.
Manning Face Peyton Manning and Eli Manning Due to the unique and humorous faces made by the brothers when frustrated.
Manster Randy White Half Man, Half Monster.
Marion the Barbarian[140] Marion Barber III Because of his physical running style and reputation for repeatedly breaking tackles
Marks Brothers[141] Mark Clayton and Mark Duper Prolific Miami Dolphins wide receiver duo of the 1980s who shared the same first name (also a reference to the Marx Brothers. They were also christened "Mark Twain.")
Matty Ice Matt Ryan In reference to Matt Ryan's ability to have long game-winning drives under pressure; also a play on "Natty Ice", a low-end beer brewed by Anheuser Busch InBev
Matt Schau6 Matt Schaub In reference to the interceptions Matt Schaub threw in the 2013 season, many of which were returned for a touchdown aka a 'pick six'.
Meast Sean Taylor Half Man, half beast
Megatron[142] Calvin Johnson A reference to his large frame, comparing him to a Transformers character
Mercury Eugene Morris
MG3 Melvin Gordon
The Milkman JJ Watt
The Minister Of Defense Reginald Howard "Reggie" White A reference to his Christian ministry as an ordained Evangelical minister and his preferred position as a defensive end on the teams for which he played
Minitron[143] Julian Edelman While not many would draw comparisons between the diminutive Julian Edelman and the monstrous Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady did just that by giving Julian a new nickname: "Minitron"
Missile Qadry Ismail His speed (particularly as a kick returner), and also a play on his brother Raghib Ismail's nickname, Rocket
Mongo[144] Steve McMichael Taken from the character in the film Blazing Saddles, played by Alex Karras.
Moose[145] Daryl Johnston Given to him by Cowboys backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg for his blocking ability and opening holes for runningback Emmitt Smith.
The Mossiah Randy Moss The Savior for the Vikings. In his rookie year, Moss led the Vikings towards one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL.
MoJo/MJD Maurice Jones-Drew RB for the Raiders. Nickname was first used when he added his late grandfather's last name (Jones) to his original last name (Drew) out of respect. "Mo"—Maurice, "Jo"—Jones.
The Surgeon Aaron Rodgers QB for the Packers 2008–present. His ability to save his team in clutch moments and his overall precision is that of a surgeon.
Muscle Hamster[146] Doug Martin Originally the nickname of his college girlfriend who was a short but powerful gymnast and later became Martin's nickname as well due to his short stature.
The Natural Andre Johnson WR for the Houston Texans. Nicknamed due to his incredible natural talent and his team colors.
Neon Deion Deion Sanders His flashy play and the rhyme with his first name
Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye To his homeland as well as to the difficulty he posed to defenses
Night Train Dick Lane Due to his fear of flying, Lane road a night train to away games while the rest of the team flew
Nuk DeAndre Hopkins From his mother. Named after the brand of pacifier he enjoyed as a baby.
Ocho Cinco[147] Chad Johnson Self-bestowed pidgin Spanish reference to his uniform number (85); originally named Chad Johnson, legally changed name to "Chad Ochocinco" in 2008 (changed back to Johnson in 2012). Also self-refers as "Esteban Ochocinco".
Papa Bear[148] George Halas The founding father of the Chicago Bears
Pick Magnet Darren Sharper Sharper intercepted many passes in his career, as if he was a magnet to the balls. This is also a play on the term chick magnet.
The Playmaker[149] Michael Irvin For his ability to defeat tight coverage, even double coverage, and make big plays.; possibly self-bestowed
Pot Roast Knighton Terrance Knighton Him being a defensive lineman, he is named for his ability to break through the opposing offensive line and sack their quarterback.
Pocket Hercules Maurice Jones-Drew For his durability as a featured back, his strength to break tackles and to make crucial pancake blocks (most notably on Shawn Merriman) despite his diminutive size.
Porcelain Pennington Chad Pennington Derogatory reference to his repeated season-ending injuries
Pork Chop Floyd Womack
Posse[150] Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders Trio of wide receivers on the Washington Redskins of the late 1980s through the early 1990s:
Prime Time[151] Deion Sanders His ability to step up at critical moments and make big plays; possibly self-bestowed
Pudge William Heffelfinger
Purple People Eaters Late-1960s to 70's Minnesota Vikings defensive line of Alan Page, Carl Eller, Gary Larsen and Jim Marshall Reference to the purple uniforms of the Vikings and a takeoff of the 1958 Sheb Wooley song "Purple People Eater."
Quiet Storm[152] Marques Colston Reference to Colston's shyness and ability to make big plays.
Ray Ray Ray Lewis
Raytorious L52 Ray Lewis A play on the name of the rapper Notorious B.I.G.; Lewis was known in the NFL as notorious for playing well against offensive players.
Red Rifle Andy Dalton Reference to Dalton's red hair.
The Refrigerator or The Fridge[153] William Perry His immense size in comparison to other defensive linemen
Resolute Runner Ryan Williams His fearless running ability
Revis Island[154] Darrelle Revis His ability to cover wide receivers was compared to being stranded on an island
RG3 Robert Griffin III His name
Road Runner David Wilson His speed, quickness, agility, and dynamic running ability; given to him while he was at Virginia Tech
Rocket Raghib Ismail His speed; given to him while he was at Notre Dame
Roger the Dodger Roger Staubach His ability to avoid the pass rush; given to him while at Navy
Run DMC Darren McFadden His speed; given to him in beginning of 2011 season, also a play on his initials.
Sanchize Mark Sanchez Originally given to him when he was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft as he was supposed to be the saviour of the | franchise. Now used more mockingly whenever he performs poorly.
The Samoan Head Hunter Troy Polamalu His ability to confuse the opposing offense and make bone crushing tackles.
Sausage[155] Anthony Sherman Given to him by Kansas City Chiefs play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus.
Scramblin' Fran Fran Tarkenton His ability to avoid defenders in the backfield and penchant for running with the ball if the pass play broke down.
Shady McCoy LeSean McCoy His mother game him the nickname as he had lots of mood changes when he was young.
The Sheriff[156] Peyton Manning Well known for calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage and hurry-up offense.
Showtime Charles / Hollywood Jamaal Charles Known for his running style being flashy.
Silverback[82] James Harrison His strength, which is likened to that of a silverback gorilla
Silverback Trent Williams named after the male gorilla. given to him by teammates and one he embraces. Williams has a huge gorilla tattoo on his back and owns gorilla art.
Sixty Minute Man[157] Chuck Bednarik Playing on both offense and defense (and thus playing all sixty minutes of the game); is sometimes applied generally to any player that does this. Bednarik is generally recognized as the last to have r
Slash Kordell Stewart The punctuation mark used when describing his dual position as a quarterback/receiver.
Slingin' Sammy Sammy Baugh His affinity for passing the ball, particularly deep downfield
Slot Machine Wes Welker His effectiveness lining up between the split end/flanker and the linemen (i.e. "the slot")
Smash and Dash[158] Chris Johnson & LenDale White Running back duo of the Titans starting in 2008; White being Smash for his 'power running back' skills and Johnson being Dash because of his astonishing breakaway speed
Smash, Dash, and Tash Marion Barber III, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice Dallas Cowboys' 3 man running attack starting in 2008; nod to the Titans' "Smash and Dash"; Barber = Smash (power back), Jones = Dash (speed back), Choice = Tash (contraction of first name)
Snacks, Big Snacks[159] Damon Harrison Based on his refusal to eat Rice Krispie Treats left for him by the coaching staff
Snake Knowlton Ames His speed and elusiveness
Snake Ken Stabler Earned his nickname from his coach following a long, winding touchdown run
Snake Jake Plummer His ability of "snaking" around out of pressure in the pocket; also a play on the wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts' nickname
Smurfs[160] Gary Clark, Alvin Garrett, and Charlie Brown 1980s Redskins' receiving corps; because of their diminutive size (Garrett was 5'7", Clark was 5'9", and Brown the tallest at 5'10"), comparing them to the tiny blue comic and cartoon characters
Spiderman[161] Joe Webb Drafted as a wide receiver by the Minnesota Vikings, on Brett Favre's insistence Joe Webb was signed to the team as a back-up QB. Went on to lead Vikings to a win in Philadelphia, against Michael Vick and the Eagles playing a must-win game. Lovingly called Spiderman, due to his last name.
Superman Cam[162] Cam Newton Due to both his unusually athletic physique and habit of pretending to rip open his jersey to reveal a "S" underneath when scoring a rushing touchdown.
Sweetness[163] Walter Payton Earned in college at Jackson State University for his slick moves on the field, his amazing dancing skills, and his friendly personality.
TD Terrell Davis His initials, also referring to the abbreviation for "touchdown"; Davis holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in one Super Bowl game with three
The GOAT Jerry Rice Earned from teammates and other NFL players and Sportscasters, referring to the abbreviation of the Greatest Of All Time.
T-Mobile[164] Tyrod Taylor From the wireless carrier T-Mobile, Taylor's initials and his scrambling style of play
Tebow Time Tim Tebow Used as Tim Tebow for making comebacks in games
That Idiot[165] Mike Vanderjagt Before the Pro Bowl in 2003 Vanderjagt questioned the passion of Colts' teammate Peyton Manning & coach Tony Dungy. In response Manning gave an angry sideline interview in which he acknowledged Vanderjagt as a good kicker, but called him an idiot at least four different times.
T.O. Terrell Owens His initials
The Tasmanian Devil Troy Polamalu He plays with a style that borders on reckless, and, like the cartoon character, he is something of whirling dervish.
Three Headed Monster[166] Duce Staley, Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook Trio of star running backs that all played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003.
The Throwin' Samoan Jack Thompson A quarterback whose birthplace was American Samoa
The Williams Wall Pat Williams & Kevin Williams The duo is largely responsible for the Vikings fielding such a stiff run defense, and they make it nearly impossible for the opposition to consistently gain yardage between the tackles.
Thunder & Lightning Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith 1996–2001 Jaguars wide receiver tandem; McCardell = Thunder, Smith = Lightning
Thunder and Lightning Ron Dayne & Tiki Barber 2000 Giants running back tandem; Dayne = Thunder, Barber = Lightning
Thunder and Lightning Ricky Watters & Charlie Garner 1995–1997 Eagles running back tandem; Watters = Thunder, Garner = Lightning
Thunder and Lightning Chuck Muncie & Tony Galbreath 1976–1980 New Orleans Saints dynamic running back duo known as "Thunder and Lightning". The nickname is credited to former Saints Head Coach Hank Stram.[167][168]
Tom Terrific Tom Brady Due to his excellent play in the 2001, 2003, and 2004 Super Bowls and since.
Tommy Gun aka Touchdown Tommy Tommy Maddox Nickname given for Maddox's passing ability, making the Steelers more of a downfield team.
Touchdown Tom Tom Brady For his 2007 season where he passed for 50 touchdowns, the NFL record at the time.
Touchdown Tommy Tommy Vardell He was given the nickname in college by Stanford head coach Dennis Green after scoring four touchdowns against Notre Dame.
Tuel Time[169] Jeff Tuel A play on the show-within-a-show Tool Time on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement.
Tuna[170] Bill Parcells Bestowed in 1980, well after his (very brief) NFL playing career ended, when Parcells was an assistant with the New England Patriots, as an homage to the advertising icon Charlie the Tuna.
The Tyler Rose Earl Campbell Campbell is from Tyler, Texas
Two-Minute Tommy Tommy Kramer Had a knack for late game come-from-behind wins.
TyGod Tyrod Taylor Name given to him from the guys who were pleasantly surprised with his fantasy play rookie season
Uncle Rico[171] Kyle Orton Orton bore a resemblance to Uncle Rico, a washed-up former high school backup quarterback in the movie Napoleon Dynamite, especially during his time with the Buffalo Bills. Prior to his signing with the Bills, he earned the nickname Neckbeard for his facial hair.
Uptown Gene Upshaw A play on his name, but also his role as a guard when run-blocking.
Wash and Wear Thomas Jones & Leon Washington 2008–2009 Jets duo of running backs
Weapon X/Wolverine Brian Dawkins His hard-hitting, game-changing play style. As well as his flying tackles.
Well Dressed Amani Toomer Amani Toomer Given by Chris Berman, play on Armani suits.
White Shoes Billy Johnson His choice of footwear at a time when most players wore black cleats
The Wheaton Iceman[172] Harold "Red" Grange A part-time job he once held delivering ice in his hometown of Wheaton, Illinois
Wildman Ray Nitschke
Windy City Flyer and Miami Missile[173] Devin Hester Hester's speed and a nickname for the city of Chicago, in which he plays; bestowed by WBBM 780 radio-announcer Jeff Joniak
WD40 Mike Alstott

Warrick Dunn

For Dunn's initials and Alstott's #40
World Jerry Rice He acquired the nickname "World" at Mississippi Valley State University because there wasn't a ball in the world he couldn't catch.
Young G.Z. Greg Zuerlein His initials, also sounding like the rapper Young Jeezy
Zeke Ezekiel Elliott Shortened version of his first name.
Zeus[174] Travis Kelce



Rules named after NFL figures

Throughout the league's history, a number of rules have been enacted largely because of exploits on the field by a single coach, owner, player, or referee. The following is a partial list of such rule changes:


See also


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