Who had the best nickname in history

Big Four - the US sports column : The Best NFL Nicknames: From Kitchens and Fridges

No other sports league in the world has so many, so cool and so extraordinary nicknames as in the National Football League (NFL). The English language is simply predestined for funny, creative and awesome word creations. In today's column, we are therefore devoting ourselves to the best nicknames in the history of the American football league - from the present to the 1980s. A very subjective selection.

Ha’Sean Treshon Clinton-Dix (Washington Redskins), nickname: Ha-Ha

No question about it, with such a long name, a short form is not only logical, but also imperative from a tactical point of view. Imagine the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator passing commands to his players along the lines of: “Little Ha'Sean Treshon Clinton-Dix would like to be picked up in the children's world.” Completely impossible, in practice it has to be a lot go faster, within seconds and tenths of a second. So Clinton-Dix is ​​only called "Ha-Ha" by his colleagues. On the one hand, this avoids problems with the accentuation of his first name (he is pronounced "Ha-Seen" and not "Ha-Shawn") and on the other hand is a homage to the defender's grandmother. At the age of three she gave her grandson the nickname: "Ha-Ha" - because he giggled constantly and was really happy. For some teammates even that is too long, they simply call Clinton-Dix: Ha.

Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders), nickname: Beast Mode

Marshawn Lynch has long since established his football nickname as a brand: The running back of the Oakland Raiders now sells almost everything under the label “Beast Mode”, from clothing to mobile phones. In fact, the term refers to Lynch's big time at the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2014. At the time, Lynch plowed through opposing defenses like a beast, the defenders ricocheted off him like bad guys on Bud Spencer. The legendary run against the New Orleans Saints in 2010 is considered to be the hour of birth of “Beast Mode”. Anyone who plays American football on the console now and then feels like he is in a video game. But it actually happened that way.

Deion Sanders (including San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys), nickname: Primetime

Deion Sanders is one of the greatest birds of paradise in US sporting history. You can tell by looking at his second nickname (which person has two nicknames anyway?): "Neon" Deion Sanders. Every rapper claps their hands for joy. Additionally, Sanders has secured his place in the football history books under a different pseudonym: primetime. He was usually there when it was important, Sanders made countless so-called big plays - he wasn't even an offensive player, but a defender, who is usually far less famous than their counterparts on the offensive. In any case, Sanders mostly showed his strongest and most memorable actions during prime time - that is, in prime time. Another anecdote from the illustrious career of the two-time Super Bowl champion illustrates the extraordinary athletic talent the now 51-year-old had: In the offseason of the NFL, when the leather business was dormant, Sanders hired himself as a professional in the National Baseball League .

William Perry (Chicago Bears), nickname: The Fridge

Mike Ditka, coach of the legendary Chicago Bears of the 80s, remembered the first meeting with William Perry in a documentary about that team. “My assistant coaches told me that a very talented young man who is a bit overweight comes to us,” said Ditka, “when I saw him, I realized: he was just fat.” To his At its best, Perry was 1.91 meters tall and weighed 350 American pounds - the equivalent of almost 160 kilograms, an extraordinary format even in the heavyweights league. Perry's appearance earned him the nickname “Refrigerator” - or “The Fridge” for short. Measured by his weight, however, Perry was a light-footed, comparatively fast and versatile player who, despite his roots as a defensive player, was also used on the offensive. He even got a touchdown in the 1985 Super Bowl victory of the Chicago Bears. The reporter cheered and flatted: “Another Super Bowl record! The first refrigerator that has ever scored points in a Super Bowl. "

Nate Newton (including Dallas Cowboys), nickname: The Kitchen

Nate Newton and William Perry are like Horst Seehofer and Angela Merkel, like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: the story of one cannot be told without the story of the other. Newton's great time followed Perry's great time. In the mid-80s, the offensive line player switched to the Dallas Cowboys and made a name for himself there as a member of the "Great Wall of Dallas". This is the name of the group that cleared the way for the legendary running back Emmitt Smith into the hall of fame of his sport. Newton was by far her heaviest and largest chunk. In his hometown of Orlando in the sunny state of Florida, Newton went to a fast food shop around the corner so often that the shop owner named three sandwiches after him. Newton's nickname goes back to Jimmy Johnson, the great coach of the cowboys with whom Newton won three championships. “If William Perry is the refrigerator, Nate Newton is the kitchen, no question about it,” recalls Johnson. In the meantime, Newton has lost a lot of weight, from 160 kilograms to just under 100. "Unfortunately, I can't make big jokes about him anymore," says his former teammate and friend, Deion Sanders. "But seriously: I'm damn proud of him."

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