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The Best NFL Player Nicknames  

Ranker NFL
2.8k votes 132 voters 79 items

List Rules Vote based just on the greatness of the nickname.

The best NFL player nicknames evoke everything you need to about the kind of player you're talking about. Whether you're discussing the coolest, slickest old-school players like Red Grange ("Galloping Ghost") and Ed Jones ("Too Tall") or the new-school players with memorable monikers like Travis Kelce ("Zeus") or Russell Wilson ("DangeRuss"), good football nicknames stick in your mind and roll off the tongue.

Some players even became so synonymous with their nicknames that they're better known by the nickname than their real names, athletes like William Perry ("The Fridge") and Carnell Williams ("Cadillac"). Sometimes the nicknames can be funny and weird, like Kirk Cousins' "Captain Kirk" moniker or Jared Lorenzen's somewhat derisive "Pillsbury Throwboy" nickname. Other times, the names are deadly serious, such as Jim Kelly ("Machine Gun Kelly") and Peyton Manning ("The Sheriff").

Either way, great, memorable nicknames become a part of players' stories and of NFL history, with names like Brodway Joe, Beast Mode, and Prime Time immediately bringing to mind some of the best ever to play the game.

So who has the best nickname in NFL history? Which nicknames spring to mind when you think of professional football? Vote below to help decide which famous nicknames belong at the top of the list, then check back to see what other fans thought of these great football names.

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Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Revis Island

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

The Samoan Headhunter

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Machine Gun Kelly

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Cadillac Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Cadillac

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Breesus

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Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Wildman

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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Freak

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Craig Heyward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Iron Head

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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Matty Ice

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Air McNair

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Greg Zuerlein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Greg the Leg

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Chad Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
Chad Johnson

Ocho Cinco

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Blonde Bomber

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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
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Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Bam Bam

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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Ball So Hard

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Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
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Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
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Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Ball Hawk

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Janoris Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
Janoris Jenkins

Jackrabbit

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Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Captain Kirk

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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames
Travis Kelce

Zeus

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Big Game

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Brickwall

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Jared Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Player Nicknames

Pillsbury Throwboy