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Old 06-10-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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And a few from the San Fransisco 49ers from the 50's and 60's. Some pretty colorful ones here as well!

Y.A. Tittle- "Bald Eagle", "Ya Ya"
Leo Nomellini- "The Lion"
Frank Nunley- "Fudge Hammer"
R.C. Owens- "Alley Oop"
Hugh McIlhenny- "The King"
Joe Perry- "The Jet"
Bob St. Clair- "Raw Meat", "The Geek"

As a collective group, Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McIlhenny, Joe Perry, and John Henry Johnson were known as "The Million Dollar Backfield." All four are in the NFL Hall of Fame!
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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My dad was a fan of Y.A. Tittle and he told me someone used Y.A. Tittle as a clue on Password when the contestant was supposed to guess "bald"! Of course, many on here will not remember the TV show Password, Betty White was a regular! Her husband produced it, I think! Sorry a little off topic trivia! I think Terry Bradshaw and other players used to appear on it, too.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams from Carolina - Double Trouble
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C
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Never really hear nicknames anymore if you think about it. Now it's mostly just whatever fans nickname their players. We have a few with the Redskins, such as Osakpo for Brian Orakpo, Silver Back for Trent Williams, but as far as league known nicknames, can't say we have any. Then again I may just be tired.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:26 AM
 
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How could we forget "sweetness" Walter Payton
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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A collection of Colts from the 50's and 60's- Baltimore Colts that is!

Lenny Moore- "Spats"
Johnny Unitas- "Golden Arm"
Mike Curtis- "Maddog"
Art Donovan- "Fatso"
Earl Morrall- "Old Bones"
Alan Ameche- "The Horse"
Alex Hawkins- "The Hawk"
Ted Hendricks- "The Mad Stork"
I thought that Alex Hawkins was "Captain Who?" From his fabulously funny book "That's my story and I'm Sticking to it".
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:33 AM
 
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I think the best football nickname of all was "Concrete Charlie".....Chuck Bednaric!

With so much political correctness and people being insulted, great nicknames are a thing of the past.

Unfortunately.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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I thought that Alex Hawkins was "Captain Who?" From his fabulously funny book "That's my story and I'm Sticking to it".
He was, forgot to mention it I was going by memory regarding older NFL Films related interviews I've seen over the last few decades! And btw, I have that book too, it's a great read!
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think you can put a large chunk of the nicknames vanishing act blame on ESPN and Chris Berman.. Berman added so many stupid nicknames that it just became a nuisance.. Berman's nicknames were pretty cool at first but then after about 25 years of hearing his constant nonsense, it got OLD! There are probably some local nicknames for players but the national scene is controlled from Bristol, ie. Chris Berman and ESPN. Nicknames have become personal property of ESPN and Berman, if other sports writers, papers use them.. ESPN drops a hammer on them... so, to be safe from using a nickname that might have been coined by Berman or ESPN, media outlets simply use the players name.. nothing more, nothing less.. by not using nicknames nationally except for ESPN, nicknames don't catch fire as effectively as they might have in the past when no one cared who coined the nickname and who was using it... THANKS ESPN!
and Welcome to the 21st century..

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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Here are a few from the Cleveland Browns

Dante "Glue Fingers" Lavelli
Lou "The Tow" Groza
Gerald "Ice Cube" McNeil
Ozzie Newsome- "The Wizard of Oz"
Eddie Johnson- "The Assassin"
Hanford Dixon- "Top Dawg"
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