What’s in a name, what are the best NFL nicknames?

NFL Total Access counted down the Top 10 nicknames in NFL history. And of course, with varying opinions, there is no way to get every awesome nickname. Meaning some are going to be left behind.

You will get no spoilers here (watch the video), but host Rich Eisen lamented that Jerome “The Bus” Bettis was not on the list. And there are some other good ones missing, too, for people who started watching football prior to 2000. Michael Lombardi noted that David “Deacon” Jones should be on there. Hard to disagree with that.

For some reason, they just do not seem to make nicknames like they used to. The Bears had two of the best, Red Grange, the Galloping Ghost. Of course, that is Harold “Red” Grange. And Bronko Nagurski. Befitting names for the Monsters of the Midway.

The American Football League gave us colorful uniforms, prolific offenses and fantasy football. And there were some cool nicknames, too. Lance Alworth never liked the nickname, “Bambi,” but that is awesome. And who could forget Fred “The Hammer” Williamson. Of course many of today’s NFL fans likely remember him for his movie career.

The Raiders nearly had a zoo with a Mad Stork, Ted Hendricks, and a snake, Kenny Stabler. They Raiders also had a ghost, Dave Casper. Though, nobody is sure what a “Tooz” is. But they had John Matuszak.

The Cowboys have given us plenty of nicknames, including America’s Team. There was Roger “The Dodger” Staubach, who of course was also Captain Comeback. Randy White was known as half-man, half-monster or, the Manster. And hey, what about NFL Network‘s own, the Playmaker, Michael Irvin?

But what about the Los Angeles Rams? They had the aforementioned Deacon Jones who was a member of the Fearsome Foursome. But Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Jack “The Ripper” Youngblood and Dick “Night Train” Lane. Thankfully, two of those names did make NFL Network‘s countdown.

Of course, I obviously missed some, and you have your own. Thankfully, many of you are not shy about sharing your opinions in the comments section. So get to it.

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