After devoting their entire lives to a sport, it’s fair to say that every professional athlete has at least one nickname; it’s just a matter of whether or not fans care enough to remember them all. Nicknames can summarize a player’s legacy, become their brand, or be a sad reminder of better days.
Throughout the history of the NFL, fans have seen their share of good, bad, and ridiculous nicknames that have become synonymous with player’s identities. But we only remember the best ones long after the players hang up their cleats.
So, here’s a list of the best NFL nicknames, inspired by our first entry, Walter Payton, who would have turned 61 this weekend.
Walter “Sweetness” Payton
Walter “Sweetness” Payton is considered to be one of the greatest players to ever set foot on an NFL field. But he’s also considered to be one of the best all-around people, which is why someone’s given the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award every year. To this day, no one really knows if his nickname came from his agility on the field or his character when he was off.