It’s no secret we love names at WhitePages, but perhaps the one thing we love more than a name is a nickname. While names themselves can often be wacky, nicknames are usually born out of some monumental event and carry a whole host of unforgettable memories.
Take, for example, “The 12th Man”. Back in 1976, the Seahawks joined the NFL and were met with some of the most over-the-top enthusiastic fans in the entire league. This crowd, which is known to cause actual earthquakes, was named “The 12th Man” in honor of their very real contribution to defensive plays. This nickname is worn close to the heart by all Seahawks fans, as evidenced by Troy & Kelly Mann who recently named their newborn daughter Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann.
Here’s a look at some other great nicknames of the Superbowl:
Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton
In his own words: “It was dark on the plane, and everyone was sleeping. The stewardess was saying ‘Pot roast, pot roast’ and I raised my hand, as if that was name. The guy behind me was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to start calling you Pot Roast and I’m like ‘Yeah whatever. It’s stuck with me, but I’m just glad I ordered that instead of shrimp alfredo.”
Peyton “The Sheriff” Manning
Sometimes a nickname is less about its origin than it is about the name itself. Peyton Manning’s nickname “The Sheriff” doesn’t have some crazy story attached to it, but anyone who has watched him on the field knows exactly how that name came to be. When “The Sheriff” talks, you listen.
Demaryius “Optimus Prime” Thomas
Thomas was given the well-fitting name of “Optimus Prime” due similarities with fellow Georgia Tech receiver, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. The two men are built like Transformers, not a bad quality to have in the NFL.
Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch
Some nicknames go way back… way, way back. The now 27 year old Seahawks running back first earned the name “Beast Mode” in high school after one of his signature touch down runs led to his team’s championship win. Like all things “Beast Mode”, words simply do not do justice.
Brandon “Bang Bang” Mebane
In the words of him teammate, Mike Wahle: “Remember when Fred Flintstone used to work at the quarry? There were all these gigantic rocks sitting around. That’s like Mebane when you run into him.”
Michael “Black Unicorn” Bennett
Perhaps the greatest thing about nicknames is that if you don’t have one or don’t like the one you have, just pick a new one. It might just stick. “I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, I’m faster than I’ve ever been. I could run all day. I’m kind of like a black unicorn out there” -Michael Bennett.