Sports Awesome nicknames in sports history (22 Photos) February 23, 2017 borednerdist 175 Views 0 Comments awesome, history, nicknames, photos, sports 1 sourceNamed after one of the most dangerous and slick snakes in the world, Kobe Bryant has done more than enough to earn his title. He also goes by ‘Vino’ as he gets better with age. 2 sourceKnown to be one of the best hitters of his time, ‘Big Papi’ is a fitting nickname for Mr. Ortiz. 3 sourceThe Georgia Peach was anything but a peach on the field, but he was definitely a legendary player. 4 sourceNot only was Frank a big dude, he really put the hurt on the balls he hit. So ‘The Big Hurt’ was the perfect nickname for him. 5 sourceKarl was given this nickname because he ‘always delivered’ when the team needed him to step up. 6 sourceJordan was known for his ability to seemingly freeze time when he was leaping towards the net, making incredibly moves along the way. This is why he got his nickname, which has turned into a mega brand. 7 sourceBefore all the controversy, O.J. Simpson was an unreal running back. He was dubbed “The Juice” thanks to his initials. 8 sourceThere isn’t much to be said here, he was strong, quick, and a total force. 9 sourceProbably the greatest hockey player of his era, Sidney Crosby made a name for himself immediately upon entering the NHL. Even now, he has a bit of a boyish face. 10 sourceThe story goes that Joe Jackson was seen playing without shoes while he was being scouted. The name stuck, and he went on to be one of the greatest players of his era. 11 sourceThough there are more than one theory as to how Willie got his nickname, the most popular one suggests that the term “hey, say hey man” was something he threw around quite a bit. 12 sourceGordie Howe played the game like no other. He was so good, in fact, that he was nick named after the entire sport. That’s how good he was. 13 sourceLove him or hate him, Lebron is one of the greatest players of his era. There was also several “King James’” in history, so the name does work. 14 sourceAlbeit he was a bit of a show boater, you can’t deny that Deion Sanders played his best when all eyes were on him. 15 sourceStanding at 6’10” it’s no wonder Randy Johnson was nicknamed ‘The Big Unit.’ He was also one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. 16 Lou earned the name “The Iron Horse” thanks to his unreal ability to never miss a game. 17 sourceWilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain was 7’1″, so the nickname suits him perfectly. 18 sourceSimply put, Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time. 19 sourcePete was given the nickname “Pistol” because he shot from the hip. 20 sourceWhen it came time for playoffs, Reggie Jackson was as clutch as you can get. This is why they call him “Mr. October.” 21 sourceAllen Iverson was a total beast for the 76ers during the majority of his career. He was rightfully named ‘The Answer’ as he was seen as the answer to the teams problems. 22 sourceOne of the greatest to play the game, Walter was a sight to see on the field. His nickname was well earned, as he had some smooth and silky moves.