It’s always a wild NFL ride, but you have to credit the cleverness of the people—the teams, players, fans and even the media—in coming with witty nicknames like the below.
George Halas is the founder-owner and head coach of the Chicago Bears. He was referred to as the Papa Bear for this reason.
However, there is more to it—Halas was also a co-founder of the NFL. He also played for the league that in 1973, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
New York Sack Exchange
Of course, you knew it refers to the New York Jets. It specifically started in the 1980s to refer to the triple threat Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, and Joe Klecko.
They were known as the defensive line to boot then sans a Super Bowl appearance.
Sometimes, the fans display their dismay over the team’s performance by giving it a name. For New Orleans Saints, it was Aints where the fans wear paper bags to hide their face in disgust.
That was before they first appeared in the playoffs in 1987 after more than 20 years. More specifically, it was first used when the franchise lost 14 consecutive games in 1980.
Now, fans call them The Black and Gold or The Who Dats.
Tom Brady is a prowess of terrific moves in the field—no doubt about it.
With three Super Bowls and two MVPs each for the NFL and Super Bowl, he only proved how deserving he is of the moniker.
The Minister of Defense
Reggie White, the all-time greatest defensive lineman, earned this title. He was awarded two NFL Defensive Player of the Year titles.
He has a total of 198 sacks, 33 forced fumbles amassed while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers.
Not just the teams and football players
The Cleveland Browns fans are known as the Dawg Pound. And they continue to mobilise and fill up stadiums to the Browns’ delight.
The Dawg Pound also refers to the bleacher section at the FirstEnergy Stadium dedicated to the franchise’s most passionate fans.
Dawg Pound Daily, a fan site, was created out of that historic name.
On the other hand, when one says the Cheeseheads, he was probably referring to the Green Bay Packers fans. They wear their foam cheese hats on the stadium regardless of the weather.
Then, there’s also a game
When fans remember the 1958 NFL Championship between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts, they would only say one thing: it was The Greatest Game Ever Played.
It was the very first overtime match in NFL history. The game is also considered one of the reasons for the popularity that the league enjoys today.
The Colts won the match 23-17.
St. Louis Rams fans surely still remember the Greatest Show on Turf. The players, specifically, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Marshall Faulk, played on a domed turf during the Super Bowl XXXIV.
The Rams took over the Georgia Dome against Tenessee Titans, 23-16.
Certainly, there are more remarkable NFL nicknames, but these are the few wittiest. Subscribe to read more interesting stories like this!