Selection of Names & Nicknames of Past NFL Players

Walter “Tin Kit, Sneeze” Achiu-Played for the Dayton Triangles from 1927-1928 as a running back and defensive back.

Willie Lee “Flipper” Anderson-Played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1988-1994, the Indianapolis Colts in 1995, the Washington Redskins in 1996, and the Denver Broncos in 1997 as a wide receiver.

Heartley William “Hunk” Anderson-Played for the Chicago Bears in 1922, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Bears in 1923, and the Chicago Bears from 1924-1925 as a guard and center.

Roy Marlon “Bullet, Snowy, Ironsides” Baker-Played for the New York Yankees in 1927, the Green Bay Packers in 1928, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cardinals in 1929, the Chicago Cardinals in 1930, and the Staten Island Stapletons in 1931 as a tailback, halfback, and wingback.  

Atiim Kiambu Hakeem-ah “Tiki” Barber-Played for the New York Giants from 1997-2006 as a running back.

Leonard Warner (Len) “Feets, Bear Tracks” Barnum-Played for the New York Giants from 1938-1940 and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1941-1942 as a quarterback, halfback, wingback, and defensive back.

Samuel Adrian (Sammy) “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh-Played for the Washington Redskins from 1937-1952 as a quarterback, tailback, and defensive back; coached the New York Titans from 1960-1961 and the Houston Oilers in 1964.

Edward Raymond “Bibbles” Bawel-Played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1952 and from 1955-1956 as a halfback.  His last name is pronounced “bobble”, so he was called “Bibbles Bobble”.

William Eugene (Gene) “Blink” Bedford-Played for the Rochester Jeffersons in 1925 and the Hammond Pros in 1926 as an end.        

Thomas John “Tarzan” Beer-Played for the Denver Broncos from 1967-1969 and the Boston/New England Patriots from 1970-1972 as a tight end.

Alfred Charles (Al) “The Human Howitzer” Blozis-Played for the New York Giants from 1942-1944 as an offensive tackle.  

Forrest Morrell BluePlayed for the San Francisco 49ers from 1968-1974 and the Baltimore Colts from 1975-1978 as a center and offensive tackle.

Treva Gene “Bookie” Bolin-Played for the New York Giants from 1962-1967 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1968-1969 as a guard. 

Sandy “Bourbon Patch” Bondurant-Played for the Evansville Crimson Giants from 1921-1922 and the Chicago Bears in 1922 as an end and tackle.   

Emerson Y. Boozer-Played for the New York Jets from 1966-1975 as a halfback and running back.

 

James L. (Jim) “Goofy” Bowdoin-Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1928-1931, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in 1932, the Portsmouth Spartans in 1933, and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934 as a guard.

Benjamin Lee (Benny) “The Purple Streak” Boynton-Played for the Rochester Jeffersons and the Washington Senators in 1921, the Rochester Jeffersons in 1922, and the Rochester Jeffersons and the Buffalo Bisons in 1924 as a tailback, blocking back, and wing back.

George Wells (Bill) “Bus” Brace-Played for the Buffalo All-Americans from 1920-1922 as a guard and center.

Woodruff Harlan (Doc) “Woods” Bruder-Played for the Buffalo Bisons and the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1925, and the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1926 as a wingback, tailback, and fullback. 

Garland Maiers “Gob” Buckeye-Played for the Chicago Tigers in 1920 and the Chicago Cardinals from 1921-1924 as a guard and center.   

Joseph N. (Joe) “Buckin’ Joe” Bukant-Played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1938-1940 and the Chicago Cardinals from 1942-1943 as a fullback, tailback, halfback, and linebacker.

Walter Daniel (Walt) “Big Boy” Buland-Played for the Rock Island Independents from 1920-1921, the Green Bay Packers and the Rock Island Independents in 1924, and the Duluth Eskimos in 1926 as a tackle and guard.

Russell Edward (Russ) “Peanuts” Burt-Played for the Buffalo Bisons from 1924-1925 as a wingback and fullback.

George “Bad News” Cafego-Played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Washington Redskins in 1943, and the Boston Yanks from 1944-1945 as a fullback, halfback, and quarterback.

  

Glenn Rex “Turtle Flash” Campbell-Played for the New York Giants from 1929-1933, and the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1935 as an end.

Glen Michael “Judge” Carberry-Played for the Buffalo All-Americans in 1923, the Buffalo Bisons in 1924, and the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1925 as an end. 

Carlo (Carl) “Squash” Cardarelli-Played for the Akron Pros in 1924 and the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1925 as a center. 

Elmer Ellsworth Bird Carroll-Played for the Canton Bulldogs from 1921-1923 and in 1925 as an end.

Roscoe Challis (Ross) “Timber Beast” Carter-Played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1936-1939 as a center, guard, halfback, and tackle.

Lester Leroy (Les) “Wimpy” Caywood-Played for the Kansas City Cowboys and the Buffalo Rangers in 1926, the Pottsville Maroons and the New York Giants and the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1927, the Detroit Wolverines in 1928, the New York Giants from 1929-1930, the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants in 1931, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932, and the Cincinnati Reds from 1933-1934 as a center, end, guard, and tackle.   

Russell Francis Rusty Chambers-Played for the New Orleans Saints in 1975, the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins in 1976, and the Miami Dolphins  from 1977-1980 as a linebacker.

Oscar Clarence “Bully” Christianson-Played for the Minneapolis Marines from 1921-1924 as an end, halfback, and tackle.

Charles Lee “Boobie” Clark-Played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1973-1978 and the Houston Oilers from 1979-1980 as a fullback and runningback.

 

Harold E. (Hal, Butch) “Fuss” Clark-Played for the Rochester Jeffersons from 1920-1925 as an end and back.

Jack Martin Cloud-Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1950-1951 and for the Washington Redskins from 1952-1953 as a linebacker and fullback.

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James Lilburn (Pat) Coffee-Played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1937-1938 as a tailback.

Merlyn Edwin (Merl) “Merlyn The Magician” Condit-Played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1940, the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1941-1943, the Washington Redskins in 1945, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1946 as as halfback.

John “Zip” Conley-Played for the Columbus Panhandles in 1922 and the Columbus Tigers in 1926 as tackle and guard.

Lamer Somers Gardner (Larry) “The Atlantic City Airedale” Conover-Played for the Canton Bulldogs in 1921 and 1923, and the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1925 as a center.

John Frank Corral-Played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1978-1981 as a kicker.

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Timothy Scott (Tim) Couch-Played for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2003 as a quarterback.

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John E. (Johnny) Counts-Played for the New York Giants from 1962-1963 as a half-back. 

Lawrence Gantt (Larry) “Superman” Craig-Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1939-1949 as a back and end.

Alfred John (Al) Crook-Played for the Detroit Panthers from 1925-1926 as a center, guard, and tackle. 

Leon Mac Crosswhite-Played for the Detroit Lions from 1973-1974 as a runningback.

Ward Lloyd Cuff-Played for the New York Giants from 1937-1945, the Chicago Cardinals in 1946, and the Green Bay Packers in 1947 as a wingback, quarterback, and halfback.

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Harold Brewer “Cookie” Cunningham-Played for the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1927, the Chicago Bears in 1929, and the Staten Island Stapletons in 1931 as an end.

Bernard Edward “Boob” Darling-Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1927-1931 as a center.

James Robert (Bob) “Twenty Grand” Davis-Played for the Cleveland Rams in 1938, the Philadelphia Eagles in 1942, and the Boston Yanks from 1944-1946 as a halfback, fullback, quarterback, and punter.

Herman Sidney “Eagle” Day-Played for the Washington Redskins from 1959-1960 as a quarterback.

Mark Henry “Spoke” Devlin-Played for the Rock Island Independents and the Cleveland Tigers in 1920, and the New York Brickley Giants in 1921 as a blockingback. 

Erling Eugene “Dinger” Doane-Played for the Cleveland Tigers in 1920, the New York Brickley Giants in 1921, the Milwaukee Badgers from 1922-1924, the Detroit Panthers from 1925-1926, and the Pottsville Maroons and the Providence Steam Roller in 1927 as a fullback.

Jess Elwood (Woody) “Rowdy Cub” Dow-Played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1938-1940 as a blockingback and fullback.

Charles Walter (Chuck) “Dynamite” Dressen-Played for the Decatur Staleys in 1920 and the Racine Legion from 1922-1923 as a back.

Gil “Cactus Face” Duggan

Speedy Duncan

Earl “Mooney” Duvall

Jug “Jugger” Earp

Omar Easy

Cap “Horse” Edwards

Ev “Boot” Elkins

Al “Rowdy” Elliott

Walt “Speed” Ellis

Harry “Skin” Englund

Boomer Esiason

Fred Failing

Bill Fairband

Art Faircloth

GuilHawk” Falcon

Mike Falls

Chad Fann

Scrapper Farrell

Frank (Whitey) “Fox” Fausch

Tom Fears

Tiny Feather

Beattie Feathers

Happy Feller

Ron Ferrari

Diamond Ferri

Jitter Fields

Willie Flattery

Owen “Slivers” Floyd

Furlong Flynn

Fred Foggie

JimShrimp” Foley

Henry Ford

Glenn Frey

Larry Friday

Ben Friend

Sherwood Fries

Gus (Hope) “Ski” Gardella

Hec “Stretch” Garvey

Weldon “Cash Spot” Gentry

Fred “Boo” Gillies

Hippo Gozdowski

Tex “Ranger” Grigg

Mike “Doggie” Gulian

Bill “Little Giant” Gutteron

Charlie “Boots” Guy

Vern “Hookey” Hagenbuckle

Jack “Black Jack” Hagerty

George “Papa Bear” Halas

Dick “Death” Halladay

Ken “Bunk” Harris

Ken (Truck) “One Round” Hauser

Les “Old Pepper Box” Haws

Chuck “Stump” Helvie

Charlie “Chub” Hill

Kid “Bozo” Hill

Grassy Hinton

Two Bits (Babe) Homan

Dick “Super Six” Hudson

Honolulu Hula-Hula (Hank) Hughes

Mack “Mousie” Hummon

Pep Hurst

Barlow “Bones” Irvin

Herb “The Owatonna Thunderbolt” Joesting

Pike Johnson

Mort “Devil May” Kaer

Doc “The Super Tooth” Carpenter Kelley

Fido Kempton

Frank “Bucko” Kilroy

Shine Kinderdine

Rip King

Eddie “The Lawrence Flash” Kotal

Howie “The Buckeye Bullet” Kriss

Garfield “Sock” Leaf

Lou (Luigi) “Piccolo” Little

Slick Lollar

Frank Lone Star

Bob “Gloom” Lundell

Jimmy “Skipper” Manion

Nat (Spiecha) “Chief Big Twig” McCombs

Danny “Wild Man” McMullen

Johnny “The Vagabond Halfback” (Blood) McNally

Russ “Cuss” Method

Ernie (Puss) “Egg” Meyer

Century (Wally) Milstead

Vern “Moon” Mullen

Brick Muller

Jab Murray

Peaches Nadowney

Bob “Nasty” Nash

Al (Nappy, Whitey)Old Pig Iron” Nesser

John “The Wolf” Nesser

Dave “Big Moose” Noble

Will “Toad” Norman

Eddie “Five Yards” Novak

Tip (Jerry) O’Neill

Gordon “Skeet” Peery

Frosty Peters

Frank “Hercules” Racis

Garrard “Buster” Ramsey

Buford “Baby” Ray

Sheepy Redeen

Mike “Iron Mike” Riordan

Rollin Roach

Wooky Roberts

Charley “The Camden Comet” Rogers

Spin Roy

Sam Smoke Salemi

Russ “Race Horse” Saunders

Joe “Jumping Joe” Savoldi

Vin “Slice” Schleusner

Walt “Covered Wagon” Sechrist

Len “Twinkle” Sedbrook

Frank “Slipping” Seeds

Jack “Soapy” Shapiro

Shag Sheard

Paul “Pepper” Sheeks

Hub “Birdie” Shoemake

Burt “Scrappy” Shurtleff

Jim “Jinks” Simmons

Lou “Hammer” Smyth

Gus (Dynamite) “Iron Duke” Sonnenberg

Glen “Farmer” Spears

George “Cyclone” (Beast) Trafton

Clyde “Bulldog” Turner

Sam “Bumps” Turner

Pong Unitas

Jimmy “Slim Jimmy” Van Dyke

Pete “The Caveman” Volz

Rat Watson

Len “Cupid” Watters

Charlie Pie Way

Cop Weathers

Hal “Windy” Wendler

Barney “The Shenendoah Councilman” Wentz

Bull Rat Wesley

Pryor “Pig Iron” Williams

Drip Wilson

Wildcat Wilson

Howard “Little Boy” Yerges

Frank “Yank” Youngfleish

To Be Continued…

7 Responses to Selection of Names & Nicknames of Past NFL Players

  1. Valorie White says:

    I’ve been looking for my grandfather Merrel Johnson, I was told he played for the Chicago Cardinals, before they moved to St. Louis. His nick name was “Stuffy” Johnson (not sure I’ve spelled this correctly.?) Pretty sure my mom told me he was a quarter back (maybe not a starter) He passed away when je was in his late 40’s,he lived in Roseland just outside of Chicago, IL . Anyway I never met him but would love to see if I could find anything on him.

    • foreshock says:

      Hello Valorie,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for asking me to help you in your search. After reviewing several data bases, looking through references, and doing exhaustive searches (for several hours), I have been unable to locate any mention or reference to Merrel Johnson or “Stuffy” Johnson that played for the Chicago Cardinals before 1960 (when they moved to St. Louis). I even checked under Jansen, Jensen, Jonson, Johnston, and Johnstone, but nothing.

      There was a Bert Johnson that played for the Cardinals in the early 1940’s–his nickname was “Man O’ War” and he did through a few passes, but he was listed as a runningback. Maybe you can find out more info about your grandfather, what his full name was, what years did he play, his birth date and where he was born, and the year that he died. I will be glad to continue the search, but I need more info to go on. Please feel free to email me back with anything you can find out on him.

      Best regards, Greg

  2. Nick says:

    Who was the quarterback that they call the iron horse

    • foreshock says:

      Hello Nick,

      So far…the only thing I have found about an athlete with the nickname of “Iron Horse” is Lou Gehrig, New York Yankee All-Time Great. I will do more research and get back to you soon.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Greg

  3. Gary Kerr says:

    Hi – I’ve been researching my family tree and came across your blog while researching my great uncle, Alfred J. Crook. He went to Washington and Jefferson College and played in the 1922 Rose Bowl against the Cal Bears. He also played for the Detroit Panthers from 1925-26. Your listing didn’t include his nickname, “Monk.” He earned it from his W&J teammates. Just thought I’d share!

    Gary Kerr

  4. stacy nedrow says:

    Im looking for a player named chainsaw who got the name because he got so angery after loosing a game that h e cut up a car in the parking lot of the stadium with a chainsaw. Also looking for a player named hacksaw.. Can you help me?

  5. victor j tricarico says:

    howard hopalong cassidy; spider lockhart,hacksaw reynolds,tuffy leemans,ironhead heyward,walter the flea roberts,bad mike ditka,phil the chief king,golden boy hornung,golden wheels dubenion,

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