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The following are nicknames throughout the history of the National Football League (NFL).

Contents Teams and units

Nicknames for entire teams, or whole offensive or defensive units.

Players and Coaches

Nicknames for individual players, or small groups of individual players and coaches

Nickname Player(s) Description A-Train[63] Mike Alstott How he was as difficult to tackle as a freight train; "A" is a reference to his surname initial Ageless Wonder[64][65] Darrell Green His remarkable ability to maintain a high level of play during the latter years of his 20-year career. All Day[66] or AD Adrian Peterson Given to him by his parents because he would run "all day" Amish Rifle[67] 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[68] Devin Hester His ability to return kicks and punts for touchdowns any time. Inspired from his mentor Deion "Prime Time" Sanders. The Assassin[69] Jack Tatum Given for his pure brutality. Bad Man Aaron Rodgers Invented by Stephen A. Smith Bad Moon[70] Andre Rison Given nickname by ESPN's Chris Berman in reference to CCR's song "Bad Moon Rising". BallSoHard/ T Sizzle[71] 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[72] Ed Reed Reed was always there to make a play on the ball (i.e. pass defense or interception). Bam Bam[73] Kam Chancellor For his devastatingly big hitting ability. Also referred to as 'Kamtrack' and 'Kam Chancellor the Touchdown Canceller'. Bambi[74] Lance Alworth For his speed, and his spectacular and graceful moves. Beast Mode[75] Marshawn Lynch He used this term to describe himself during an interview. Afterward fans continued to use the term. Big Balls Doug[76] Doug Pederson Given due to his aggressive style of play calling. In particular, he frequently chooses to 'go for it' on fourth down instead of punting or attempting a field goal. Big Ben[77] Ben Roethlisberger His imposing size, a nod to the large clock on the Elizabeth Tower in London Big Daddy[78] Dan Wilkinson His 6'5", 340 lb frame Big Daddy[79] 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[80] Nick Foles Connor Barwin once stated that Foles had the largest penis on the Eagles roster[81]. The moniker became more used following Foles' improbable playoff run, culminating in the Eagles' first Super Bowl victory[82]. Big Game[83] 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 Seminoles scoring two +60 yards touchdowns and thus helped stunning the Seminoles 24-7 for the program's biggest upset in 31 years. He also set Rookie Super Bowl Records for Receptions an Receiving yards in his first Super Bowl in the 1999 season, he also added a touchdown. Big Snack[84] Casey Hampton Apparent reference to his large size and penchant for eating Big Z Zach Zenner Nickname referring to his bruising play style, as well as the first letter in his first and last name Bill Belicheat[85] Bill Belichick Nickname given due to his involvement in Spygate. Black Unicorn[86] Martellus Bennett Blonde Bomber[87] Terry Bradshaw His blond hair combined with his tendencies to throw the ball down the field, hence "bomber" Blood[88] 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[89] Anthony Dixon The nickname comes from Boobie Miles, of Friday Night Lights fame, and was bestowed by his teammates in college. Brickwall[90] 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[91] Joe Namath Reference to the wide avenue that ran through New York—the city where he played QB with the New York Jets. An illusion to Broadway theater, Namath was known for his showmanship. Breesus[92] Drew Brees Play on Brees's last name and his perception as the savior of Saints Football. Brooklyn Bullet[93] Abraham Barshofsky The Russian Jewish immigrant spent his childhood in Brooklyn and also went by the anglicized name "Johnny Barsha."[94] Buck[95] Javorius Allen His high school teammates referred to him as "young buck" as he was a freshman on the varsity team. Bullet Bob[96] Bob Hayes Reference to his incredible speed. Won gold medal and set world record in the 100 m at 1964 Summer Olympics. Burner[97] 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[98] Jerome Bettis Because of his ability to carry tacklers on his back like a "bus" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid[99] Larry Csonka & Jim Kiick Miami Dolphins running back duo from 1968 to 1974; named after the movie about the famous outlaws. Cadillac[100] Carnell Williams A high school broadcaster at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama compared Williams' running to a luxury car. Captain Checkdown[101] 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[102] Chris Cooley Adapted from Dom DeLuise's character in The Cannonball Run; possibly due to shared initials. Captain Kirk[103] Kirk Cousins Nickname adapted from the Star Trek character James Kirk. Captain Comeback[104] 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. Comeback Kid Joe Montana Nickname given to Joe Montana for his comeback wins and in college and pros. Con Man[105] Sam Bradford Bradford, a former first overall draft pick, has become better known for reaping massive amounts of money on the free agency market from teams desperate for a quarterback, this despite rarely playing a full season and having middling results when he is on the field. Concrete Charlie[106] 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[107] Elroy Hirsch Named for his unusual running style. Crystal Chandelier[108] Chris Chandler Was plagued by concussions and injuries, referencing his presumed fragility Crunch Bunch[109] Harry Carson, Brian Kelley, Lawrence Taylor and Brad Van Pelt The 1981–83 New York Giants linebacking corps noted for their hard-hitting play and for generating many quarterback sacks, Taylor in particular. Mario Sestito of Troy, New York is credited with coining the name after a NY Giants newsletter at the time called 'Inside Football' held a contest to name this defensive unit. DangeRuss Russell Wilson For his playmaking ability, both with his arm and legs. The most dangerous player on the field. Deebo[110] James Harrison His similarity in appearance and demeanor to the character in the movie Friday played by Tom Lister, Jr. Diesel[111] John Riggins Because of his powerback style of play—compared to a truck that ran on diesel. Dr. Death[112] Skip Thomas Because of his physical tackling, and apparent resemblance to the cartoon character Don't Cross The[113] 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[114] DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers running back duo from 2008 to 2014, previously known as Smash and Dash Dougie Fresh[115] Doug Pederson A play on the name Doug E. Fresh. Given to Pederson by Jalen Mills. Dump Truck[116] 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[117] 1984 San Francisco 49ers defensive secondary led by Dwight Hicks Dynamic Uno[118] David Wilson His all-around skills at running back Edge[119] Edgerrin James Shortening of his first name Earth, Wind and Fire[120] Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw 2008 NY Giants running backs; Jacobs = Earth, Ward = Wind, Bradshaw = Fire ELIte[121] 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[122] 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 7 seasons.

The Face Cleaver[123] Leonard Weaver Famous Jameis[124] 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 Willie[125] Willie Parker His speed Fatso[126] Art Donovan A reference to his large frame. Fearsome Foursome[127] Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen, and Deacon Jones A name given to the 1960's Rams dominant defensive line of the era and arguably of all time. Feeva Island[128] 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." Fitz Larry Fitzgerald Fitzmagic[129] Ryan Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick has had brief spurts of resounding success, notable examples being his time with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throughout his long career as an NFL journeyman quarterback. Flash 80[130] Jerry Rice His stunning plays combined with his number, 80 Flash Gordon[131] Josh Gordon Gained by outrunning defenders The Samoan Headhunter[132] Troy Polamalu His style of diving into receivers and diving into pass paths for interception, and for Polamalu's Polynesian ancestry Fragile Fred[133] Fred Taylor Perception of being injured constantly Freak[134] Randy Moss His freakish athletic abilities Freak[135] Jevon Kearse Combine stats off the charts for someone his size Fredex[136] Freddie Mitchell A play on his first name and FedEx. The Freezer[137] 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. Fun Bunch[138] Early 1980s Washington Redskins wide receivers and tight ends This group's choreographed touchdown celebrations led to a league-wide ban of "excessive celebration" in 1984. Galloping Ghost[139] Harold "Red" Grange The General / General Lee[140][141] 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. 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[142] 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[143][144] 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[145][146] 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[147] 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[148] 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. Hit and Run[citation needed] Thomas Jones and Leon Washington New York Jets running back duo from 2008 to 2009 Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu His ball instincts and his dyed blonde hair Hogs[35] 1980s and early 1990s Washington Redskins offensive line Name first used by offensive line coach Joe Bugel during the team's 1982 training camp prior to winning Super Bowl XVII. The Human Joystick[149] Dante Hall Nickname given to him by coach Vermeil because of his big play ability in the return game Iceman[150] Carlos Huerta Bestowed in college, Huerta was renowned for keeping his composure (staying cool) in stressful situations. Intellectual Assassin[151] Ron Mix Mix had a degree in law at the time he played professional football. Iron Head[152][153] Craig Heyward Heyward had an unusually large head, which he often used as a battering ram. Iron Mike Mike Ditka Jackrabbit[154] Janoris Jenkins Jet Jones Julio Jones Julio Jones's speed and size earned him the nickname. 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. Juice O.J. Simpson Based on the initials of his first and middle name (OJ) Kansas Comet[155] Gale Sayers "Kansas Comet" was stuck on him by the Director of Sports Information at the University of Kansas. The Kitchen[156] Nate Newton Since he was presumably larger than "William "Refrigerator" Perry" The King[157] Jim Corcoran Corcoran, a journeyman quarterback whose NFL career was quite brief, earned a reputation for pomposity in high school when Corcoran, coming onto the field in a clean uniform after a rainstorm, drew a cheer of "hail to the King!" from a spectator. The King[158] 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[159] BenJarvus Green-Ellis Play on the length of his full name and its resemblance to the name of a law firm Legion of Boom Seahawks defensive backs/entire defense (Richard Sherman/Kam Chancellor/Earl Thomas/Brandon Browner/Byron Maxwell) Hard hitting nature of the Seahawks defensive backs. A play on the Legion of Doom, a team of comic book supervillains. The nickname was originally coined as a moniker for the Seahawks secondary but over time it had grown to encompass the entire defense. 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[160] Malcom Floyd His first initial and jersey number combined, also for his deep play ability. Machine Gun Kelly[161] 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 George "Machine Gun" Kelly. The Mad Bomber[162] Daryle Lamonica Lamonica tended to throw, or "bomb", the ball deep during unnecessary situations. Mad Duck[163] Alex Karras Because of his short legs, he appeared to waddle like a duck. The Mad Stork[164] Ted Hendricks While playing for the University of Miami, the tall, thin Hendricks gained the nickname “The Mad Stork.” Marion the Barbarian[165] Marion Barber III Because of his physical running style and reputation for repeatedly breaking tackles Marks Brothers[166] 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 Meast Sean Taylor Half Man, half beast Megatron[167] 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[168] 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 Julian a new nickname: "Minitron" Mongo[169] Steve McMichael Taken from the character in the film Blazing Saddles, played by Alex Karras. Moose[170] Daryl Johnston Given to him by Cowboys backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg for his blocking ability and opening holes for runningback Emmitt Smith. Mormon Missile[171] Taysom Hill The utility player is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mudbone[172] 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[173] 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. Automatic Kickers Nickname given to any kicker that is doing well. 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[174] 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[175] Lorenzo Alexander During his early career, Alexander played multiple offensive and defensive positions. Papa Bear[176] George Halas The founding father of the Chicago Bears Pillsbury Throwboy Jared Lorenzen One of the many nicknames the portly back-up QB acquired over the years. Other nicknames include : J-Load, Hefty Lefty, Abominable Throwman, Round Mound of Touchdown, Quarter(got)back, He Ate Me, and BBQ (Big Beautiful Quarterback). During his playing career Lorenzen consistently weighed almost 300 pounds. The Playmaker[177] Michael Irvin For his ability to defeat tight coverage, even double coverage, and make big plays.; possibly self-bestowed Posse[178] Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders Trio of wide receivers on the Washington Redskins of the late 1980s through the early 1990s: Prime Time[179] Deion Sanders His ability to step up at critical moments and make big plays; possibly self-bestowed Purple People Eaters Late-1960s to 70's Minnesota Vikings defensive line of Alan Page, Carl Eller, Gary Larsen and Jim Marshall Reference to the purple uniforms of the Vikings and a takeoff of the 1958 Sheb Wooley song "Purple People Eater." Quiet Storm[180] Marques Colston Reference to Colston's shyness and ability to make big plays. The Refrigerator or The Fridge[181] William Perry His immense size in comparison to other defensive linemen Revis Island[182] Darrelle Revis His ability to cover wide receivers was compared to being stranded on an island RG3 Robert Griffin III His name Rocket Raghib Ismail His speed; given to him while he was at Notre Dame Run DMC Darren McFadden His speed; given to him in beginning of 2011 season, also a play on his initials. Also reference to the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. Sammy Sleeves Sam Bradford Due to his tendency to wear jerseys with longer sleeves. Sausage[183] Anthony Sherman Given to him by Kansas City Chiefs play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus. Shady LeSean McCoy His mother gave him the nickname as he had lots of mood changes when he was young. The Sheriff[184] Peyton Manning Well known for calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage and hurry-up offense. Silverback[84] James Harrison His strength, which is likened to that of a silverback gorilla Sixty Minute Man[185] 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 r Slingin' Sammy Sammy Baugh His affinity for passing the ball, particularly deep downfield Smash and Dash[186] 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 Snacks, Big Snacks[187] 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 Smurfs[188] Gary Clark, Alvin Garrett, and Charlie Brown 1980s Redskins' receiving corps; because of their diminutive size (Garrett was 5'7", Clark was 5'9", and Brown the tallest at 5'10"), comparing them to the tiny blue comic and cartoon characters Spiderman[189] 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. Superman Cam[190] 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. Sweet Feet[191] James White A nickname that carried on from high school to the pros due to his quickness while running the ball. Sweetness[192] Walter Payton Earned in college at Jackson State University for his slick moves on the field, his amazing dancing skills, and his friendly personality. TD Terrell Davis His initials, also referring to the abbreviation for "touchdown"; Davis holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in one Super Bowl game with three The Kid[193] Jared Goff Often referred to by fans and anchors as "a" or "the" kid because of his facial young look to him. T-Mobile[194] Tyrod Taylor From the wireless carrier T-Mobile, Taylor's initials and his scrambling style of play T.O. Terrell Owens His initials Three Headed Monster[195] Duce Staley, Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook Trio of star running backs that all played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. Thunder and Lightning[196][197] 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[198] 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. Trubiscuit Mitchell Trubisky Tuel Time[199] Jeff Tuel A play on the show-within-a-show Tool Time on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement. Tuna[200] 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 Ty Law[201] Dre Bly Based on commonly being mistaken for having the shortest name in the NFL Two Point Tupa[202] 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[203] 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. Unc Shannon Sharpe Shannon Sharpe is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He is a TV presenter who co-hosts Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Skip Bayless. Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 and was the first tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards. He has a huge following on Twitter and received his Unc nickname from his followers for his hilarious antics on set. Uptown Gene Upshaw A play on his name, but also his role as a guard when run-blocking. Walrus Andy Reid His size and distinctive thick handlebar mustache Weapon X Brian Dawkins His hard-hitting, game-changing play style. As well as his flying tackles. White Shoes Billy Johnson His choice of footwear at a time when most players wore black cleats The Wheaton Iceman[204] Harold "Red" Grange A part-time job he once held delivering ice in his hometown of Wheaton, Illinois Wildman[205] Ray Nitschke Williams Wall[206] 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[207] 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[208] Don Martindale Martindale shares a last name with media personality Winston "Wink" Martindale. WD40[209] 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. Yoda[210] Steve Largent For his ability to use the "force" to visualize himself making any catch. Zeus[211] Travis Kelce Places Fans 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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