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10 Athletes Who Share a Nickname

10 Famous Athletes Who Share a Nickname

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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.

1. "Iron" - Mike Ditka/Mike Tyson

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1. "Iron" - Mike Ditka/Mike Tyson

Holyfield V Tyson

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.

2. "Sugar" - Ray Robinson/Ray Leonard

Suger Ray Leonard v Marvin Hagler
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2. "Sugar" - Ray Robinson/Ray Leonard

Suger Ray Leonard v Marvin Hagler

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.

3. "LT" - Lawrence Taylor/LaDainian Tomlinson

Lawrence Taylor
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3. "LT" - Lawrence Taylor/LaDainian Tomlinson

Lawrence Taylor

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?

4. "Doc" - Dwight Gooden/Glenn Rivers/Julius Erving

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4. "Doc" - Dwight Gooden/Glenn Rivers/Julius Erving

DOC RIVERS

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.

5. "Rowdy" - Roddy Pipper/Ronda Rousey

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey on stage for the weigh-in for her UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Fight against Misha Tate (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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5. "Rowdy" - Roddy Pipper/Ronda Rousey

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey on stage for the weigh-in for her UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Fight against Misha Tate (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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.

6. "Big Ben" - Ben Wallace/Ben Roethlisberger

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6. "Big Ben" - Ben Wallace/Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

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.

7. "Black Mamba" - Roger Mayweather/Kobe Bryant

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7. "Black Mamba" - Roger Mayweather/Kobe Bryant

Black Mamba

Who is Roger Mayweather? Money Mayweather's uncle/trainer and the original Black Mamba. He made the nickname somewhat famous back in the 1980s.

8. "Superman" - Shaquille O'Neal/Dwight Howard

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8. "Superman" - Shaquille O'Neal/Dwight Howard

Shaquille O'Neal

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.

9. "The Phenom" - Stephen Strasburg/Undertaker

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9. "The Phenom" - Stephen Strasburg/Undertaker

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

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.

10. "The Rocket" - Maurice Richard/Roger Clemens

Opening Arguments Begin In Roger Clemens Perjury Trial
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10. "The Rocket" - Maurice Richard/Roger Clemens

Opening Arguments Begin In Roger Clemens Perjury Trial

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.