By RantSports Staff on June 9, 2014
Not all sports nicknames are original. In fact, many are borrowed and reused. In this slideshow we'll take a look at 20 athletes who share a nickname or famous moniker.
Before there was Iron Mike in the boxing ring, there was Iron Mike on the football field. There's no doubt both are deserving of their famous moniker.
Some consider Ray Robinson to be the greatest boxer of all time. Most consider Ray Leonard to be the best boxer of the 1980s. But both were apparently as 'sweet' as sugar.
Before there was a spectacular running back known as LT, there was an MVP linebacker who went by the same simple nickname. Should LaDainian just have been LD?
Gooden, Rivers and Erving are all 'Docs'. But if you had to choose just one doctor nickname, you'd have to go with Dr. J. It's so cool that barely anyone refers to him as Julius Erving.
The most popular female athlete in America has admitted her love for pro wrestling on numerous occasions. She enjoys being the 'heel' which is something that Rowdy Roddy Pipper made famous in the 1980s.
There's only one Big Ben in sports today, but only because Ben Wallace has been retired from the NBA for a couple years now.
Who is Roger Mayweather? Money Mayweather's uncle/trainer and the original Black Mamba. He made the nickname somewhat famous back in the 1980s.
You can tell that Shaq doesn't like Dwight Howard using the Superman nickname. In the world of basketball there's only one true Superman. Until Howards gets a few rings on his fingers, it will stay that way.
When it comes to modern day sports nicknames, it doesn't get much cooler than 'The Phenom'. But when wrestling fans hear Strasburg's nickname, they can't help but think of The Undertaker, who's been dubbed as the same.
The Rocket is no doubt a great nickname for a pitcher. But Clemens wasn't the first pro athlete to be known as such. Iconic Canadian hockey player Maurice Richard made 'The Rocket' famous in the 40s and 50s with Montreal.
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