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9 Greatest, Wittiest NFL and Players Nicknames

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.

Papa Bear

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.

Ain’ts

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 Terrific

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. 

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A Rundown of the Most Passionate NFL Superfans

The spirit of the game lives in the hearts of fans everywhere who support their teams so passionately. ~David Baker, President and CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Do you ever wonder what would happen to NFL teams and players without their fans? Well, that’s an undesirable place for sure.

It’s good to know that starting 2019, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is opening up its halls to accommodate the NFL’s super fans. 

In January 2019, the organization inducted three fan honourees into the Ford Hall of Fans. Over 170,000 ballots are cast through online polling that began months before the announcement of finalists. 

These are Don Wachter, a Chicago Bears fan; Rick Holman, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan; and Roger Avila, a Miami Dolphins fan.

Here’s a list of the most passionate NFL fans.

Don “Bearman” Wachter

Wachter is a 56-year-old Plainfield, Illinois resident. He was a season-ticket holder for 33 years and counting. 

Also known as the Bearman, other than painting his face, Wachter also wears a bear head hat to games—where he got his moniker from. 

Between 1998 and 2004, he was the Bears most reliable ally in firing up the home crowd. Wachter would run onto the Soldier Field 

Roger “Dolfan Maniac” Avila

Avila, who is also 56 years old, is from Miami. He was a season-ticket holder for 24 years now.

Avila was called the Dolfan Maniac and considered one of the faces of the team. He appears on TV broadcasts on his usual attire—his No. 40 white Miami jersey. 

Rick Holman

Holman is the youngest of the three, at only 39 years old. He was a season-ticket holder for 18 years. From Beaver, Pennsylvania, Holman is a history teacher.

Holman never missed a match played in Heinz Field, whether a preseason, regular or playoff game. Holman also travels to Dallas, Tampa, and Detroit to watch the championship games of the Steelers.

Other NFL superfans

Wachter, Avila, and Holman are on a different league now that their names are up in the wall.

And while fans are not created equal, many others are worthy of the same recognition.

100% Cheese Free

Syd Davy’s alter ego, 100% Cheese Free first appeared in Halloween 1993. Other fans motivated him to continue dressing up because they loved how it looks. He is regarded as the face of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hunka Burning Fan

John Lang, 56, is a Buffalo Bills fan who dons Elvis Presley garb. It started with a bet that he couldn’t appear on TV, only he did. He received an airtime thanks to his old guitar, white jumpsuit and painted sideburns. Now known as the rock n roll fan, Lang is now a staple at every Bills game.

Sound and Fury

Leroy Mitchell has been wearing a giant whistle headdress since 1996. A fan of the New Orleans Saints, his whistle can hit up to 120 decibels.

Queen Falcon

Carolyn “BirdLady” Freeman started following Atlanta Falcons in 1998—after 12 years of confinement in bed. She was a deputy sheriff and was severely injured while on duty. She was in every Falcons game, even flying to Houston to watch the Super Bowl LI. Freeman also painted her home black, white, grey, and red or the Falcon colours.

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5 NFL Teams with the Highest Chance to Win Super Bowl LIV

Winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal of every NFL team. Unfortunately, while all teams think they can surely win it, only a few NFL teams have a clear shot of doing so.

The New England Patriots are the fans’ perennial favourite to bring home the championship title. But the team is the exception, having won six titles and appearing in 11 championship games, not necessarily the rule.

Nothing is certain or guaranteed, however.

Realistically, these are the NFL teams who can actually win the Super Bowl.

1) New England Patriots

The Patriots can be an underdog, but with ever-reliable Tom Brady around, no one would consider them so. It takes pride in its elite defence worthy of the playoffs and of course, the title.

2) Kansas City Chiefs

The Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs has a strong possibility of grabbing the Super Bowl from the Patriots. Mahomes has the experience and expertise despite his less stellar crew. Their offence plays are the key as well as the additional playmakers in Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark.

3) New Orleans Saints

The Saints has a job to finish this season considering the ending of last season’s NFC championship. The thirst to win the conference and league championship is there and has always been there. The MVP level plays of Drew Brees could be the team’s secret formula.

4) Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are one of NFL’s loaded teams. However, the team’s prospect of appearing in the Super Bowl this season is bleak. Todd Gurley’s health is questionable at this point. The only two players dependable right now are Sean McVay and Jared Goff if the two would find ways to make quality plays. 

5) Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are the Patriots counterpart at the NFC in terms of the favourite team to win the Super Bowl. The team’s performance, nevertheless, is too far from that of the Patriots’. Despite the major concern—Carson Wentz’s health, the Eagles has one of the strongest and deepest running backs in the NFL. If he would stay healthy and team up with DeSean Jackson incredibly, there is no stopping the Eagles from winning the Super Bowl. 

Unlikely contenders at the Super Bowl

Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys would have a hard time proving they are worthy of the Super Bowl trophy.

Los Angeles Chargers seemed a likely contender from the start. But the fact that their main man, Philip Rivers, is getting old and slow in the fields is pulling them backwards. The same goes for Derwin James’s injury. 

Cleveland Browns have never appeared in the playoffs since 2002. But its roster of power players including Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, and Nick Chubb may write a different story this season.

Chicago Bears’ performance last season was seriously promising, duplicating the strategy is a must this season if it wants to win the Super Bowl trophy. The missed field goal is one for the NFL history book, which also means it needs to get its kicking situation better. 

Pittsburgh Steelers may no longer have LeVon Bell and Antonio Brown, but Ben Roethlisberger is still there. This makes it all the more interesting to watch the Steelers—they could end up this season’s real success story or disaster. 

Finally, Dallas Cowboys is just waiting for its breakthrough year. Whether this season is that year, there is no way of knowing until it’s time for the Super Bowl.

 

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