The following nicknames are given to a unit (defensive, offensive and special teams) or a secondary nickname given to some teams used to describe a style of play or attitude of teams at times in accordance with phrases in popular culture of the time. They are not the official franchise nicknames of the National Football League (NFL). Since the NFL's inception in 1920, players, coaches, team executives, league officials, and football games have been given nicknames based on either individual achievements, team achievements, historical events, etc.

Teams and units

Nicknames for entire teams, whole offensive units, defensive units or special teams. Names which are marked by an asterisk (*) are team nicknames which may have been coined by team members or local media, but never became well known to the public outside of the teams media market for a multitude of reasons, but most likely due to poor performance. The nickname was earned for accomplishments on the field.


Nicknames for individual players, coaches and personnel.

Nickname Player(s) Description
A-Train[73] Mike Alstott How he was as difficult to tackle as a freight train; "A" is a reference to his surname initial
AB , Mr. Big Chest, or Tony-Toe Tap Antonio Brown His initials and his alter ego for making catches on the sideline.
Ageless Wonder[74][75] Darrell Green His remarkable ability to maintain a high level of play during the latter years of his 20-year career.
Air McNair[76] Steve McNair Originally given to his older brother, McNair earned it due to his impressive throwing talent
Alabama Antelope Don Hutson Went to college at Alabama. Was a star receiver
Chicken Parm Donald Parham From a common mispronunciation of his last name
All Day[77] or AD / AP Adrian Peterson Given to him by his parents because he would run "all day" / His initials
Amblin' Amby[78] Ambrose Schindler Schindler was one of the earliest scrambling quarterbacks. He chose not to play in the NFL despite being selected in the 1940 NFL Draft, but would later return to professional football as an official in the 1960s.
Amish Rifle[79] Ryan Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick has regularly grown a thick beard over the course of the football season, drawing comparisons to the Amish, who have a large community south of Buffalo, where he was playing at the time the name was bestowed in 2010.
Anytime[80] Devin Hester His ability to return kicks and punts for touchdowns any time. Inspired from his mentor Deion "Prime Time" Sanders.
The Assassin[81] Jack Tatum Given for his pure brutality.
Bad Man Aaron Rodgers Invented by Stephen A. Smith
Bad Moon Rison[82] Andre Rison Given nickname by ESPN's Chris Berman in reference to CCR's song "Bad Moon Rising".
BallSoHard/T Sizzle[83] 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[84] Ed Reed Reed was always there to make a play on the ball (i.e. pass defense or interception).
Bam Bam[85] Kam Chancellor For his devastatingly big hitting ability. Also referred to as 'Kamtrack' and 'Kam Chancellor the Touchdown Canceller'.
Bambi[86] Lance Alworth For his speed, and his spectacular and graceful moves.
Beanie[87][88] Chris Wells and Veryl Ebert
Beast Mode[89] Marshawn Lynch He used this term to describe himself during an interview; afterward, fans continued to use the term. Lynch later named his Fan Controlled Football franchise the Beasts in homage to the nickname.
Big Baller Beane[90] Brandon Beane Given to him during his time as Bills GM in the 2020s for his popularity with the team's players. The phrase "Big Baller B—" was originally popularized in 2016 by the Big Baller Brand founded by LaVar Ball.[91]
Big Ben[92] Ben Roethlisberger His imposing size; a nod to the large Big Ben structure in London.
Big Cock Brock[93] Brock Purdy Given to him by the 49ers locker room, suggesting he's "got some cojones to him."[94]
Big Daddy[95] Dan Wilkinson His 6′5″, 340 lb frame
Big Daddy[96] Gene Lipscomb At 6′9″ and 290 lb, Lipscomb, a professional wrestler during the offseason, was one of the largest players in professional football during the 1950s.
Big Dick Nick Nick Foles Connor Barwin once stated that Foles had the largest penis on the Eagles roster.[97] The moniker became more used following Foles' improbable playoff run, culminating in the Eagles' first Super Bowl victory.[98]
Big Game[99] 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. He also set rookie Super Bowl records for receptions and receiving yards in Super Bowl XXXIV .
Big Play Slay Darius Slay Given due to his ability to make big plays.
Big Snack[100] Casey Hampton Apparent reference to his large size and penchant for eating
Bill Belicheat Bill Belichick Nickname given due to Spygate and several other Patriots scandals.
Black Unicorn[101] Martellus Bennett
Blitz Boy[102] Jamal Adams His tendency to blitz despite being a safety
Blonde Bomber[103] Terry Bradshaw His blond hair, combined with his tendencies to throw the ball down the field, hence "bomber".
Blood[104] 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[105] Anthony Dixon The nickname comes from Boobie Miles, a character from Friday Night Lights, and was bestowed by his teammates in college.
Brass[106] Erik Kramer In his first play from scrimmage for the Detroit Lions, Kramer, the Lions' backup quarterback at the time, audibled out of the originally called play, prompting a teammate to remark about his audacity that he must have "brass balls."
Brickwall[107] 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[108] Joe Namath Reference to the wide avenue that ran through New York, the city where he played QB with the New York Jets. An allusion to Broadway theater, Namath was known for his showmanship.
Breesus[109] Drew Brees Play on Brees's last name and his perception as the savior of Saints Football.
Brooklyn Bullet[110] Abraham Barshofsky The Russian Jewish immigrant spent his childhood in Brooklyn, and also went by the anglicized name "Johnny Barsha."[111]
Buck[112] Javorius Allen His high school teammates referred to him as "young buck" as he was a freshman on the varsity team.
Bullet Bob[113] Bob Hayes Reference to his incredible speed-won two gold medals and set world record in the 100 m at 1964 Summer Olympics.
Bum[114] Oial "Bum" Phillips A contraction of "bumblebee," based on his aunt's thick southern accent (common to many others in the Phillips family including his son Wade Phillips and grandson Wes Phillips)
Burner[115] 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[116] Jerome Bettis Because of his ability to carry tacklers on his back like a "bus".
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid[117] Larry Csonka & Jim Kiick Miami Dolphins running back duo from 1968 to 1974; named after the movie about the famous outlaws.
Cadillac[118] Carnell Williams A high school broadcaster at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama compared Williams' running to a luxury car.
Captain Checkdown[119] 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[120] Chris Cooley Adapted from Dom DeLuise's character in The Cannonball Run; possibly due to shared initials.
Captain Kirk[121] Kirk Cousins Nickname adapted from the Star Trek character James Kirk.
Captain Comeback[122] 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.
CJ2K Chris Johnson Given to him after rushing for over 2,000 yards during the 2009 season.
Comeback Kid Joe Montana Nickname given for his affinity for having comeback wins during his career.
Concrete Charlie[123] 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[124] Elroy Hirsch Named for his unusual running style.
Crystal Chandelier[125] Chris Chandler Was plagued by concussions and injuries, referencing his presumed fragility
DangeRuss Russell Wilson For his playmaking ability.
Danny Dimes[126] Daniel Jones Coined by his team's (the New York Giants) social media department, allegedly for his ability to throw a football with precision as narrow as a dime.
David W. Gibson[127] Joe Montana A contestant in a San Francisco Chronicle contest to give Montana a nickname noted that Montana's real name sounded too much like a nickname and suggested the realistic-sounding "David W. Gibson" as an alternative. Montana was so amused by the suggestion that he had a placard of the name placed on his locker.
Deebo[128] James Harrison His similarity in appearance and demeanor to the character in the movie Friday played by Tom Lister, Jr.
Tyshun "Deebo" Samuel[129]
Diesel[130] John Riggins Because of his powerback style of play—compared to a truck that ran on diesel.
Dr. Death[131] Skip Thomas Because of his physical tackling, and apparent resemblance to the cartoon character.
Dr. Doom[132] Robert Brazile Taken from the cartoon character Doctor Doom because he was "death on offensive men".
Don't Cross The[133] 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[134] DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers running back duo from 2008 to 2014, previously known as Smash and Dash
Dougie Fresh[135] Doug Pederson A play on the name Doug E. Fresh. Given to Pederson by Jalen Mills.
Duck[136] Devlin Hodges Hodges, in addition to his football playing, is a world-class champion duck caller.[137][138]
Dump Truck[139] 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[140] 1984 San Francisco 49ers defensive secondary led by Dwight Hicks
Dynamic Uno[141] David Wilson His all-around skills at running back
Edge[142] Edgerrin James Shortening of his first name
Earth, Wind and Fire[143] Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw 2008 NY Giants running backs; Jacobs = Earth, Ward = Wind, Bradshaw = Fire
ELIte[144] 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 Enforcer[145] Kenny Easley Easley rightfully earned his nickname as “The Enforcer” for this style of play on the field.

An all-around great athlete, he earned recognition for his abilities including 5 Pro Bowl selections, 5 total All-Pro selections, AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981, AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1983, NFL 1980s All-Decade Team honors, is in the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite only playing for seven seasons.

The Face Cleaver[146] Leonard Weaver
Famous Jameis[147] Jameis Winston A nod to Winston's high public profile during his college and professional careers, as well as a play on the Famous Amos cookie brand. Winston has filed for a trademark on the nickname.
Fast Freddie[148] Jonathan Smith After Fred Flintstone—specifically, how Smith's choice of quick, short strides when running resembled Flintstone's when operating the Flintmobile.
Fast Willie[149] Willie Parker His speed
Fatso[150] Art Donovan A reference to his large frame.
Feeva Island[151] 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."
Fitzmagic[152] Ryan Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick has had brief spurts of resounding success, notable examples include when he played with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins throughout his long career as an NFL journeyman quarterback.
Fitztragic[153] Ryan Fitzpatrick Along with those brief spurts of success, Fitzpatrick is also notorious for going on cold streaks and drastrically underperfoming in games for multiple weeks.
Flash 80[154] Jerry Rice His stunning plays combined with his number, 80
Flash Gordon[155] Josh Gordon After the early 20th century multimedia hero Flash Gordon
The Samoan Headhunter[156] Troy Polamalu His style of diving into receivers and diving into pass paths for interception, and for Polamalu's Polynesian ancestry
Fragile Fred[157] Fred Taylor Perception of being injured constantly
Fredex[158] Freddie Mitchell A play on his first name and FedEx.
The Freezer[159] 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.
Galloping Ghost[160] Harold "Red" Grange
The General / General Lee[161] Sean Lee The nickname was given to Lee by Bruce Carter, a former teammate of Lee's on the Dallas Cowboys. Carter says that Lee is always in charge and is a great leader. When he talks, everyone listens — "General Lee." The name is also derived from General Robert E. Lee, a former General during the Civil War. But in no ways is the middle linebacker specifically named after the war general.
Ghost Dave Casper A reference to his last name and to the cartoon and movie 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".
Golden Wheels[162] Elbert Dubenion Johnny Green, a backup quarterback on Dubenion's Buffalo Bills, gave Dubenion a backhanded compliment admiring his exceptional speed while claiming he couldn't catch a football: "he's sure got those golden wheels."
Gronk[163][164] 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.
Greg the Leg Greg Zuerlein The nickname in question refers to Zuerlein's ability of making field goals from a distance.
Hausch Money[165][166] Steven Hauschka Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, coined the nickname in response to Hauschka's ability to kick field goals in clutch situations. The name was revived, possibly independently, when Hauschka joined the Buffalo Bills and continued to make key field goals, often from long range.
Headhunter[167] Jackie Wallace Wallace led with his head frequently during his playing career, a tactic that in hindsight Wallace suspected may have caused brain damage later in life.
He Hate Me[168] Rod Smart Self-bestowed nickname Smart used on the back of his jersey during his time in the XFL. Smart credits the nickname with helping him break into the NFL after the XFL folded.
Honey Buns[169] Ben Cavil Nickname given to him for his sweet tooth.
Hopalong[170] Howard Cassady A play on his last name and famed Western character Bill "Hop-Along" Cassidy.
Horse Whisperer[171] Ed Oliver In March 2019, Oliver posted a picture on Twitter of him standing on the back of a horse as a demonstration of his confidence.
The Human Joystick[172] Dante Hall Nickname given to him by coach Vermeil because of his big play ability in the return game.
Iceman[173] Carlos Huerta Bestowed in college, Huerta was renowned for keeping his composure (staying cool) in stressful situations.
Intellectual Assassin[174] Ron Mix Mix had a degree in law at the time he played professional football.
Iron Head[175][176] Craig Heyward Heyward had an unusually large head, which he often used as a battering ram.
Iron Mike Mike Ditka
Jackrabbit[177] Janoris Jenkins
Joe Cool Joe Montana and 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. The name is an allusion to a Vince Guaraldi song of the same name.
Joe Shiesty and Joe Brr [178] Joe Burrow Given to him in a viral TikTok by user TrapHouse Sports. Reasons for the nickname are unknown.
Juice Kyle Juszczyk Based on his last name.[179]
The Juice O. J. Simpson A play on the initials he had used as his de facto first name since infancy,[180] a common abbreviation for orange juice.[181]
Kansas Comet[182] Gale Sayers "Kansas Comet" was stuck on him by the Director of Sports Information at the University of Kansas.
The Kitchen[183] Nate Newton Since he was presumably larger than "William "Refrigerator" Perry"
King Henry Derrick Henry
The King[184] Jim Corcoran A journeyman quarterback whose NFL career was quite brief, Corcoran earned a reputation for pomposity in high school when, coming onto the field in a clean uniform after a rainstorm, he drew a cheer of "hail to the King!" from a spectator.
The King[185] Hugh McElhenny Because he was "the most feared running back in the NFL."
L.T. Lawrence Taylor His initials.
LT, LDT LaDainian Tomlinson His initials. Outside of the team's home market LDT was, and is, sometimes used to differentiate the player from Lawrence Taylor (L.T.)
Law Firm[186] BenJarvus Green-Ellis Play on the length of his full name and its resemblance to the name of a law firm
Lights Out[citation needed] Shawne Merriman Because of his reputation of being a hard hitter; has been shortened to "Lights" by teammates in interviews
M-80[187] Malcom Floyd His first initial and jersey number combined, also for his deep play ability.
Machine Gun Kelly[188] 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 Machine Gun Kelly.
The Mad Bomber[189] Daryle Lamonica Lamonica tended to throw, or "bomb", the ball deep during unnecessary situations.
Mad Duck[190] Alex Karras Because of his short legs, he appeared to waddle like a duck.
The Mad Stork[191] Ted Hendricks While playing for the University of Miami, the tall, thin Hendricks gained the nickname “The Mad Stork.”
Majik (Man)[192] Don Majkowski A play on the quarterback's unwieldy Polish surname.
Manster Randy White Half-man, half monster
Mapletron Chase Claypool Combination of maple (due to his Canadian heritage) and Megatron (due to the similarities to Calvin "Megatron" Johnson's measurables).
Marion the Barbarian[193] Marion Barber III Because of his physical running style and reputation for repeatedly breaking tackles
Marks Brothers[194] 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 (and pejoratively for Ryan's tendency to go "ice cold" during playoff games); also a play on "Natty Ice", a low-end beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch InBev
Mean Joe Greene Joe Greene Greene never cared for the nickname
Megatron[195] Calvin Johnson A reference to his large frame, comparing him to a Transformers character
The Minister Of Defense 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[196] 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 Edelman a new nickname: "Minitron"
Mongo[197] Steve McMichael Taken from the character in the film Blazing Saddles, played by Alex Karras.
Moose[198] Daryl Johnston Given to him by Cowboys backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg for his blocking ability and opening holes for runningback Emmitt Smith.
Mormon Missile[199] Taysom Hill The utility player is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mudbone[200] Dave Krieg Given to him by Seahawks guard Bryan Millard. Krieg became a permanent consistent fixture at QB for the Seattle Seahawks, like a bone in the mud. He was also nicknamed “The Man From Milton” because he went to Milton College which no longer existed by the time he was a starting NFL QB.
Muscle Hamster[201] 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.
Mr. Cowboy Bob Lilly First Cowboy to be drafted and in the hall of fame
Mr. Relevant Brock Purdy A pun on "Mr. Irrelevant" after Purdy, who was drafted with the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, went 5-0 as a starter in his rookie season, throwing 13 touchdowns.
Nickfoleon Dynamite Nick Foles A portmanteau on the names of Foles and the fictional character Napoleon Dynamite due to their similar appearance.
Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye To his homeland as well as to the difficulty he posed to defenses
Night Train Dick "Night Train" 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[202] 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".
One Man Gang[203] Lorenzo Alexander During his early career, Alexander played multiple offensive and defensive positions.
Pacman[204] Adam Jones Bestowed in childhood by his grandmother, who surmised he changed directions more often than the popular arcade game character.
Papa Bear[205] George Halas The founding father of the Chicago Bears
Pepper[206] Thomas Johnson From his peculiar childhood habit of seasoning corn flakes with black pepper.
Pillsbury Throwboy Jared Lorenzen One of the many nicknames the left-handed quarterback acquired during his playing career; he was obese his entire adult life and weighed an average of 300 pounds during his playing career (he was approximately 400 pounds at the time of his premature death). Other nicknames include : J-Load, Hefty Lefty, Abominable Throwman, Round Mound of Touchdown, Quarter(got)back, He Ate Me, and BBQ (Big Beautiful Quarterback).
Pinball[207] Michael Clemons The punt returner had a scattershot running style akin to a pinball. Though his NFL career lasted only one season, he achieved much greater fame in the Canadian Football League.
The Playmaker[208] Michael Irvin For his ability to defeat tight coverage, even double coverage, and make big plays.; possibly self-bestowed
Pooh Bear[209] Clarence Williams Bestowed by his grandmother due to a childhood resemblance to Winnie-the-Pooh.
Poop[210] Cory Johnson Johnson once joked that his often fluctuating weight was due to his frequent defecation.
Posse[211] Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders Trio of wide receivers on the Washington Redskins of the late 1980s through the early 1990s:
President[212] Jamal Adams His passion, intelligence, and vocal leadership: self-bestowed
Presto Podesto from Modesto[213] Johnny Podesto His last name and place of birth.
Prime Time[214] Deion Sanders His ability to step up at critical moments and make big plays; possibly self-bestowed
Punt God[215] Matt Araiza His punting power
Quiet Storm[216] Marques Colston Reference to Colston's shyness and ability to make big plays.
The Refrigerator / The Fridge[217] William Perry His immense size in comparison to other defensive linemen
Red Rifle Andy Dalton His ability to throw the ball downfield and his red hair.
Revis Island[218] Darrelle Revis His ability to cover wide receivers was compared to being stranded on an island
Riverboat Ron Ron Rivera His aggressive nature in playcalling
Rocket Raghib Ismail "Rocket" is a close English approximation of his Arabic name Raghib. His brothers who also played professional football, have similar monikers: Qadry Ismail became the Missile and Sulaiman Ismail (who never played in the NFL) became the Bomb.
Run CMC Christian McCaffrey Reference to the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C.
Run DMC Darren McFadden His speed; given to him in the beginning of the 2011 season, a play on his initials. Also reference to the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C.
Sausage[219] Anthony Sherman Given to him by Kansas City Chiefs play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus.
Sexy Dexy Dexter Lawrence A self-assigned nickname given during the December 18th, 2022 game between Lawrence's New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.
Shady LeSean McCoy His mother gave him the nickname as he had many mood changes when he was young.
The Sheriff[220] Peyton Manning Well known for calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage and hurry-up offense.
Shipwreck[221][222] John Simms Kelly A nod to famed pole-sitter Alvin Kelly, also popularly nicknamed "Shipwreck."
Shnowman[223] Dion Dawkins Dawkins coined the word "shnow"—a contraction of "should know"—that quickly became associated with him when he first used it in high school.
Silverback[100][224] James Harrison Their strength, which is likened to that of a silverback gorilla
Trent Williams
Sixty Minute Man[225] 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 done so.
Slant Boy [226] Michael Thomas His tendency to run slant routes
Slingin' Sammy Sammy Baugh His affinity for passing the ball, particularly deep downfield
Smash and Dash[227] 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
Smith Brothers or Smith Bros[228][229] Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith Former Green Bay Packers linebacker duo who shared the same last name.[230]
Smokey[231] John Brown Brown had jet black skin at birth, leading his grandmother to nickname him "Smokey."
Snacks, Big Snacks[232] Damon Harrison Based on his refusal to eat Rice Krispie Treats left for him by the coaching staff
Snake Ken Stabler Earned his nickname from his coach following a long, winding touchdown run
The 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
Spiderman[233] 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.
Stink[234] Mark Schlereth A nickname coined by his teammates on the Washington Redskins after peeing himself constantly during his career.
Superman Cam[235] 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.
Swag Kelly Chad Kelly Kelly released a rap song about himself in 2012, and the nickname stuck afterwards.[236]
Sweet Feet[237] James White A nickname that carried on from high school to the pros due to his quickness while running the ball.
Sweetness[238] Walter Payton Earned in college at Jackson State University for his slick moves on the field, his amazing dancing skills, and his friendly personality.
The Diva Antonio Brown Nickname given to his frequent acts off the field and his huge ego.
The Kid[239] Jared Goff Often referred to by fans and anchors as "a" or "the" kid because of his facial young look to him.
The Terminator Aaron Donald A name given by Rams' head coach Sean McVay due to his ability to terrorize opposing offenses.[240][241]
T.O. Terrell Owens His initials
Thunder and Lightning[242][243] Chuck Muncie and 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.
Tommy[244] E. F. Hughitt The origin of this early NFL star's nickname remains unknown. It was popular enough that he legally changed his name to Tommy after his playing career ended.
Too Tall Ed Jones His tall height
Touchdown Jesus[245] Jake Kumerow Nickname given due to his long hair and thick beard resembling a common depiction of Jesus
Tua Turndaballova Tua Tagovailoa Referencing his tendency for turnovers.
Tuel Time[246] Jeff Tuel A play on the show-within-a-show Tool Time on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement.
Tuna[247] 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 Point Tupa[248] Tom Tupa Tupa took advantage of the legalization of the two-point conversion in the 1994 NFL season; as holder on extra points, he picked the ball up and ran for the conversion three times that season, the first NFL player to score that way.
Uncle Rico[249] 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.
Vanilla Vick Daniel Jones Coined by his New York Giants teammate Saquon Barkley for his rushing ability, similar to former NFL quarterback Michael Vick.
Walrus Andy Reid His size and distinctive thick handlebar mustache
Weapon X / The Wolverine Brian Dawkins His hard-hitting, game-changing play style. As well as his flying tackles.
The Wheaton Iceman[250] Harold "Red" Grange A part-time job he once held delivering ice in his hometown of Wheaton, Illinois
White Shoes Billy Johnson His choice of footwear at a time when most players wore black cleats
Whizzer[251] Byron White An alliterative play on his last name and his speed; White, who led the league in rushing in his short three-year NFL career, was dismayed to find the nickname stuck with him well into his legal career (eventually ending up a Supreme Court Justice).
Wildman[252][253] Ray Nitschke and Norm Willey
Williams Wall[254] 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.
Windy City Flyer[255] 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
Wink[256] Don Martindale Martindale shares a last name with media personality Winston "Wink" Martindale.
Winter Soldier[257] Josh Allen NFL Films gave Allen the nickname in reference to his strong arm, imposing size, and Buffalo's cold weather. The "Winter Soldier" name also refers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe character Bucky Barnes and his strong prosthetic arm.
WD40[258] Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn For Dunn's initials and Alstott's jersey No. 40, a play on the proprietary lubricant of the same name.
World Jerry Rice He acquired the nickname "World" at Mississippi Valley State University because there was no pass in the world he could not catch.
X Factor[259] Dante Hall Hall's prolific special teams success during his prime was an "X factor," a facet of his team's attack plan that most other teams did not have. In acknowledgement of his nickname, he would make an X gesture with his arms during his touchdown celebrations.
Yoda[260] Steve Largent For his ability to use the "force" to visualize himself making any catch.
Zeus[261] Travis Kelce
The Predator[262] John Abraham



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:


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