By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 9, 2014
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.
This nickname creates itself if you listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Thunder Dan used to hit tons of long-distance threes for the Suns and Heat back in the day.
Clyde 'The Glide' did just that when he took off for a dunk. The dude could simply fly.
Dawson was nicknamed The Hawk by his uncle at a young age because of his willingness to attack ground balls during practice.
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.
Does it get any more boxing-like than Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield? Absolutely perfect.
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.
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.
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.
Not to be confused with Rain Man, Kemp became 'Reign Man' after he was labeled as such on a poster after his second season.
Here's another one that creates itself thanks to the massively popular video game 'Super Mario Bros'.
The Shark is a very fitting golf nickname. Norman has sharked his way to two Open Championships during his lengthy career.
Shooting the three ball on a regular basis and a TV show of the same name earned Chuck Person his fantastic moniker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you can see, Rollins was indeed as tall as a tree. He had lengthy career which spanned from 1977-1995.
Knight was 'The General' of college basketball for years and years. You just don't mess with the General.
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.
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.
For a defensive specialist like Payton, it doesn't get any more appropriate and awesome than The Glove.
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.
The Big O. Enough said.
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.
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