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25 Underrated Athlete Nicknames

25 Athlete Nicknames That Don't Get Enough Credit For Being Awesome

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All sports fan are familiar the nicknames like: Magic, Dr. J, His Airness, The Great Bambino and The Great One. But sometimes fantastic athlete nicknames get lost in shuffle. In this slideshow we'll take a look at 25 sports nicknames that deserve a little more credit for being awesome.

25. Bad Moon - Andre Rison

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25. Bad Moon - Andre Rison

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This nickname creates itself if you listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

24. Thunder - Dan Majerle

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24. Thunder - Dan Majerle

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Thunder Dan used to hit tons of long-distance threes for the Suns and Heat back in the day.

23. The Glide - Clyde Drexler

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23. The Glide - Clyde Drexler

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Clyde 'The Glide' did just that when he took off for a dunk. The dude could simply fly.

22. The Hawk - Andre Dawson

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22. The Hawk - Andre Dawson

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Dawson was nicknamed The Hawk by his uncle at a young age because of his willingness to attack ground balls during practice.

21. 3D - Dennis Scott

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21. 3D - Dennis Scott

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Dennis Scott hit a ton of threes during his NBA career. As a member of the Magic in the mid-1990s, he and Nick Anderson made quite the three-point shooting duo.

20. The Real Deal - Evander Holyfield

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20. The Real Deal - Evander Holyfield

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Does it get any more boxing-like than Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield? Absolutely perfect.

19. Iceman - George Gervin

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19. Iceman - George Gervin

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If you're a basketball player, you want to be cold as ice. Gervin was apparently just that during his years in the ABA and NBA.

18. The Snake - Jake Plummer

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18. The Snake - Jake Plummer

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People forget about Jake Plummer, a pretty dang good quarterback for the Broncos in the 2000s. But his play was never as good as his nickname: Jake 'The Snake' Plummer, not to be confused with the wrestler, Jake Roberts.

17. Slash - Kordell Stewart

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17. Slash - Kordell Stewart

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Stewart earned 'Slash' because of his position flexibility early on his career with the Steelers. He played QB, WR and even returned punts at one point.

16. Reign Man - Shawn Kemp

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16. Reign Man - Shawn Kemp

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Not to be confused with Rain Man, Kemp became 'Reign Man' after he was labeled as such on a poster after his second season.

15. Super - Mario Lemieux

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15. Super - Mario Lemieux

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Here's another one that creates itself thanks to the massively popular video game 'Super Mario Bros'.

14. The Shark - Greg Norman

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14. The Shark - Greg Norman

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The Shark is a very fitting golf nickname. Norman has sharked his way to two Open Championships during his lengthy career.

13. The Rifleman - Chuck Person

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13. The Rifleman - Chuck Person

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Shooting the three ball on a regular basis and a TV show of the same name earned Chuck Person his fantastic moniker.

12. El Presidente - Dennis Martinez

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12. El Presidente - Dennis Martinez

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The four-time All Star pitcher was indeed in charge at times on the mound. In total he won 245 games over his 23-year career.

11. Big Game James - James Worthy

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11. Big Game James - James Worthy

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Worthy went off for a triple-double in the clinching game of the 1988 NBA Finals, leaving no doubt that he was indeed big when it counted most.

10. Charlie Hustle - Pete Rose

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10. Charlie Hustle - Pete Rose

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Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford dubbed Rose 'Charlie Hustle' after watching him beat out a throw to first early on his career during a Spring Training game.

9. Big Smooth - Sam Perkins

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9. Big Smooth - Sam Perkins

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At 6-9 with the ability to stroke the three, Perkins was dubbed 'Big Smooth'. He was also referred to as 'Sleepy Sam' because he looked half asleep at all times.

8. Tree - Wayne Rollins

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8. Tree - Wayne Rollins

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As you can see, Rollins was indeed as tall as a tree. He had lengthy career which spanned from 1977-1995.

7. The General - Bob Knight

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7. The General - Bob Knight

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Knight was 'The General' of college basketball for years and years. You just don't mess with the General.

6. Too Tall - Ed Jones

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6. Too Tall - Ed Jones

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A 6-9 defensive end? It's almost not fair. Too Tall is such a great nickname that no one even refers to Jones as Ed. He's simply Too Tall Jones.

5. Crime Dog - Fred McGriff

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5. Crime Dog - Fred McGriff

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McGruff the animated dog was popular in the 1980s for saying 'take a bite out of crime.' Because his name was similar, McGriff became Crime Dog.

4. The Glove - Gary Payton

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4. The Glove - Gary Payton

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For a defensive specialist like Payton, it doesn't get any more appropriate and awesome than The Glove.

3. The Croation Sensation - Toni Kukoc

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3. The Croation Sensation - Toni Kukoc

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Croatia had the unfortunate duty of playing the Dream Team in the 1992 gold medal game. Kukoc was the team's best player, and appropriately nicknamed.

2. Big O - Oscar Robertson

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2. Big O - Oscar Robertson

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The Big O. Enough said.

1. The Admiral - David Robinson

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1. The Admiral - David Robinson

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Robinson was had two years left to serve in the Navy when the Spurs selected him No. 1 overall in 1987. The Admiral was well worth the wait.