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What ever happened to all the great nicknames?

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We need to bring back great football nicknames. Whatever happened to great football nicknames, anyways?

There was a time when nicknames personified the player or illustrated their alter-ego or was synonymous with the player’s play style:

The Minister of Defense

Mean Joe Greene

Prime Time

Pacman

The Diesel

The Nigerian Nightmare

Too Tall Jones

Ironhead Heyward

The Refrigerator

The Galloping Ghost (very old school but truly iconic)

Sweetness (my personal favorite because it literally illustrated the style of the player)

And back in the day, they didn’t even limit great nicknames to individuals; entire units got in on the act:

The Steel Curtain

The Hogs

The Purple People Eaters

Monsters of the Midway

The Electric Company (probably one of the most creative ever, named for the Bills o-line that “turned the Juice (OJ Simpson) on”).

These nicknames are so creative and iconic that it is almost impossible to hear them and not stir up very vivid memories of entire teams and styles of play.

But in today’s world? These are pitiful. Every “nickname” seems to be nothing more creative or inspiring than simple initials.

SJAX,DJAX and…FJAX…-Boy, didn’t see that last one coming.

TRICH, CJ, AP, -What’s good enough for the Jacksons is good enough for the Richardsons, Johnsons, and Petersons.

AJ-What’s good enough for the Petersons is good enough for about 4 guys with the initials AJ.

Kaep, Fitz, Gronk-Heck, half of us can’t spell these long names so let’s just cut them in half.

ARod-Wow, one of our top 5 players gets nothing more than a stolen nickname from baseball…Baseball, people! We are STEALING from baseball! Baseball is now more creative than football and we must steal from it!

And when we do get “creative”?

The Muscle hamster-This one makes my 7 year old niece giggle every time I say it. Pathetic.

We have some of the greatest collective talent playing in the NFL right now. They DESERVE great nicknames. So, here’s our assignment. Create some danged good nicknames for these guys and start using the power of the Internet to get it out there.

Here’s one we could start with. I wish I had thought of it but it’s not original.

Hence forth, Doug Martin is no longer the name that makes 7 year old Abby laugh and flex, and then roll in a ball. He is now “The Dougernaut”. Comic book guys will get this immediately and its perfect. An unstoppable force of power under a helmet. The Dougernaut. Let’s go people…be the guy that penned the awesome nickname on one of your favorite players and lets put the Sesame Street era of nicknames behind us.

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Black Unicorn has to count for something!

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Cream of Wheat?

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Megatron? Which I don't really like.

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We have the lawfirm, right?

As a Skins fan I call Alfred Morris "just Alfred", or "Alf".

How about RG3? Not very creative, but that's something.

There was CJ2K, which then became cj.75k which I still laugh at.

"Ray Ray"?

T Sizzle?

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Potato Sack

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Big Ben

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And seriously, you're complaining about Muscle Hamster while pining over Pacman and The Fridge?

Just another case of childhood nostalgia clouding your reality.

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And seriously, you're complaining about Muscle Hamster while pining over Pacman and The Fridge?

Just another case of childhood nostalgia clouding your reality.

so you're saying, whenever we disagree with someone bring up their childhood nostalgia, rather than argue the point?

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Beast Mode!

And FWIW, I like Muscle Hamster a lot better than Dougernaut. That's too Megatron-ish.

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

Is it ironic that ADP has the highest ADP?

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

No...should be AD only.

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

Is it ironic that ADP has the highest ADP?

it is ironic that someone would use a word they don't really understand.

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Muscle Hamster is freaking great.

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Nickname fun fact of the day. Though known to the public as The Refrigerator, William Perry's nickname amongst his team was "Biscuit". Because when he first joined the team, Dan Hampton said of Perry that "he was a biscuit under 350".

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

Is it ironic that ADP has the highest ADP?

it is ironic that someone would use a word they don't really understand.

Is it ironic that I asked a question and you responded as if it were a statement?

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But in todays world? These are pitiful. Every nickname seems to be nothing more creative or inspiring than simple initials.

Welcome to a social media world #140CharactersBub

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Megatron, Lawfirm, RG3, CJ2K, Matty Ice, Muscle Hamster.

Not everybody in the world has awesome nicknames, let alone nicknames alone.

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

You sir are 100% incorrect.

ADP is a stupid nickname given to him by fantasy footballers. His actual nick name from college is "AD"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isYChtpBfwc

I'd say I'm more like 33.3% incorrect.

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Big Ben

Matty Ice

Megatron

The Law Firm

And seriously, you're complaining about Muscle Hamster while pining over Pacman and The Fridge?

Just another case of childhood nostalgia clouding your reality.

no, its not like that at all. Muscle Hampster makes little girls giggle (proven fact as stated above). Does nothing to describe the player.

There were reasons these other guys were called what they were. Pacman, because he ate you up in coverage. The refrigerator because hewas as big as a fridge. But what does Muscle hampster say? Even if you never saw Joe Greene play a down, when someone talks about him they always call him "mean" Joe Greene and you immediately get a very real sense of the type of player he was. When I hear Muscle Hampster I think of those little BOX car commercials with the hip hop rodents in them.

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

Lots of people just say AP. Others say All-Day. I did leave it out as ADP though just to illistrate the point of how many great players have very simple and unimaginative nicknames.

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and Peterson is "ADP" not "AP" as in "All Day Peterson".

Is it ironic that ADP has the highest ADP?

no, it is foreshadowing.

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Pocket Hercules.

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Beast Mode!

And FWIW, I like Muscle Hamster a lot better than Dougernaut. That's too Megatron-ish.

Dougernaut, IMO, is actually pretty awesome because it is much more like the truly great nicknames that actually describe a player to a degree. If you followed the Comics, it probably makes a lot more sense. There is a super-powered villain named the Juggernaut who wears a helmet and has super strength and runs through things, over things, pounds things. That, to me, is a cool nickname for a powerful running back. Much more so than a reference to a small animal that runs on a wheel and never gets anywhere.

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Beast Mode IS pretty cool.

So, now that we have listed a lot of the ones that actually exist we can see that very few actually do anything towards describing the player's style, demeanor, etc.

Can anyone think of some good one to give to some players.

T.Y. Hilton=Penthouse. Cause of his last name obviously, and because he can take it to the top on any play. Just whatever you think of.

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Sea-Hulk.

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Alfred Morris is The Butler to tons of Skins fans.

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Matty Ice?

And it doesn't even hold water as a fact.

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Alfred Morris is The Butler to tons of Skins fans.

Because he "serves up TDs?"

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Big Ben

Matty Ice

Megatron

The Law Firm

And seriously, you're complaining about Muscle Hamster while pining over Pacman and The Fridge?

Just another case of childhood nostalgia clouding your reality.

no, its not like that at all. Muscle Hampster makes little girls giggle (proven fact as stated above). Does nothing to describe the player.

There were reasons these other guys were called what they were. Pacman, because he ate you up in coverage. The refrigerator because hewas as big as a fridge. But what does Muscle hampster say? Even if you never saw Joe Greene play a down, when someone talks about h

Youim they always call him "mean" Joe Greene and you immediately get a very real sense of the type of player he was. When I hear Muscle Hampster I think of those little BOX car commercials with the hip hop rodents in them.

You're both moving the goalposts and cherry picking all in one. Only a few of the nicknames you listed do what you're describing. And you're saying that Fridge counts because William Perry was big but Muscle Hamster doesn't count when it was coined because Martin was so small and cut?

Regardless, plenty of the current ones do too.

Matty Ice because he's cool under pressure.

Big Ben because he's hard to bring down.

Beast Mode because he runs like he's in ####ing beast mode

All Day because he can go alllll day, son

You're also comparing a 100+ year sample size to a 5 year sample size.

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