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NFL Best - All Time Greatest Football Names
So what is in a name? Have you ever noticed that a football player with a cool memorable name can be everything to a football fan. Some are fun names, some original and fit the player as if that truly is his name and then there are some that are just "out there"
All you really need to know is that any league that has a player with a nickname like "Deacon" a "Lawyer" and a "Minister" has to be alright . .read on and you will see what I mean.
Who In the NFL has The Greatest Names and Why?
Have you ever been curious to understand how there have been players with names like the refrigerator or Too Tall Jones.Keep reading and find out who the football Secretary of defense is and who he got the name without holding a government job. The following are some of the greatest nick names that have played on the gridiron.
NFL Great Football Names
He is best known for his years as a defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. In reference to his large size, he was popularly known as “The Refrigerator” or, abbreviated, “The Fridge”.
He came onto the gridiron arena in 1985 and played for the Chicago Bears defense. William Perry last played in 1994 for the Philadelphia Eagles. And one look at him and you understand how William Perry got his name.
Here are Some Memorable Moments from the "Fridge"
- During Super Bowl XLIV, Perry joined other members of the 1985 Chicago Bears in resurrecting the Super Bowl Shuffle in a Boost Mobile commercial.
- In 2006, he came out with a barbecue sauce.
- In 2006, he participated in the Lingerie Bowl as the super sub.
Isiah Moses Walter Hipp
I.M. Hipp was born on February 15, 1956 in Chapin, South Carolina. After going to high school at Chapin (SC), Hipp attended the University of Nebraska where he played for University of Nebraska as a running back. He made his professional debut in the NFL in 1980 with the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Oakland Raiders for his entire 1 year career.
- 1995 Inductee, Nebraska Football Hall of Fame
- Fourth-Round Draft Pick, 1980 NFL Draft (Atlanta)
Someone please tell me how could anyone ever forget him if not for his name.
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
"Too Tall" Jones
Ed Too Tall Jones was a member of the famed Dallas Cowboys "Doomsday Defense" squad of the 1970s. By the end of his 15 years with the Cowboys, he was officially credited with 57 quarterback sacks.
Jones was given the nickname "Too Tall" because of his height, 6 ft 9 in (206 cm).
He once starred in a GEICO commercial that first aired in late 2009. The commercial rhetorically asks if Jones is indeed "too tall," then confirms it by showing a nurse attempting to measure his height but breaking the machine.
Mean Joe Greene
Charles Edward Greene
“Mean Joe” Greene
Charles Edward Greene was born September 24, 1946. He is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he was one of the most dominant defensive player in the NFL. There are many that consider him to be the greatest defensive lineman ever and was the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense.
He got his NFL nickname when he played for Pittsburgh. It was the fan base who mistakenly assumed that the North Texas team nickname of "Mean Green" was Joe Greene's nickname but it was that Coach Rust's wife wanted to give a nickname to the team's outstanding defense. Since green is the school's main color, she gave the defense the name "Mean Green". In reality as a man and as a player he was really a good guy.
He will be forever remembered from the commercial that he did when he appeared on September 1, 1979 in which a child (Tommy Okon) gives him a Coke, prompting "Mean" Joe to smile and give the kid his team jersey.
He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion.
"The Minister of Defense"
Reggie White played defensive end for 15 seasons in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers. He was one of the most decorated players in NFL history.
During his professional career, he became famous not only for his incredible defensive plays, but also for his Christian ministry as an ordained Evangelical minister. This led to his nickname, "the Minister of Defense."
White was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, two years after his death.
A Pro-Bowl defensive back, with a great name. You have to think that every time you see him cross over to the sidelines to consult with any of the coaches, you really could refer to this as a 'sidebar'.
He played for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Milloy was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Washington.
Milloy has also played for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He was a member of the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI championship team.
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Broadway Joe Video Panthose Commercial
Joseph William "Joe" Namath
An American football quarterback with enough nicknames to fill an entire roster. Willie Joe played college football for the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his assistant, Howard Schnellenberger, from 1962–1964, and professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s.
He is and always will be an icon for the game of football. He played for the New York Jets for most of his professional career but finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams.
He was elected to the football Hall of Fame in 1985.
My favorite commercial of Joe's was with someone by the name of Farrah Fawcett and this was way before she became one of Charlies Angels. It was all about 'taking it off, taking it all off'
David D. "Deacon" Jones
Secretary of Defense
Was born December 9, 1938 in Eatonville, Florida. He was a defensive end in the NFL and he played for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Jones was known for his quarterback sacks, and a term that was attributed to him when he was nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense", Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever.
The Los Angeles Times called Jones, "Most Valuable Ram of All Time," and former Rams head coach George Allen called him the "Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football".
NFL's best current-player nicknames
2012 - 2013
Now that we have looked at the past greatest names of football players, its time to look at the present and add these gridiron stars to the fold. Lets start with my favorite, Calvin Johnson aka "Megatron" .
Calvin "Megatron" Johnson
Roy Williams is credited for giving Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson the nick name of Megatron. It comes from a robot from the "Transformers" series, and Johnson and the NFL have totally embraced the moniker.
All you have to do is see Calvin Johnson as he stars in ESPN's 'This Is SportsCenter' Commercial where Megatron uses his abilities to get out of work around the office.
All Day Every Day
AD (All Day)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been known as AD since childhood, when people said he could run "all day." He has also been called "Purple Jesus."
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan earned this nickname from other players because he came into the league as a rookie starting quarterback with ice in his veins, an uncanny poise in the pocket and he is just one of the coolest under pressure demeanor. Frequently he is also called "Iceman," once Ryan in an interview revealed that "Matty Ice" began in William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia (high school) and just stuck with him.
On An Island All His Own
Ask Rex Ryan about the “Revis Rules” and he will tell you simpley, don’t throw his way. "Revis Island” was real.And as a Jets fan I loved every minute of reading about it. Its hard to try to name a cornerback in football who did a better job isolating receivers than Revis did in his prime playing for the Jets. Not often will you find this NFL player challenged by quarterbacks on Sunday as moost wide receivers who found themselves covered by Revis usually had a tough week.
The name is believed to have originated from a comment from Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who said receivers facing Revis "were on an island out there." Mayor Bloomberg even renamed NYC "Revis Island"
Playing for Tampa Bay now they are trying to say that there is a "Treasure Island" on the gridiron map. Time will tell. One thing is for sure, I miss Darrelle big time and always will.