Super Bowl 2014: 5 Best Nicknames of Players

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Best Nicknames of Players in Super Bowl 2014

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Mark J. Rebilas

Nicknames and professional sports have gone together for a long time. Teams, players and fields have gotten nicknames that stick around for years. For instance, some of the most recognized nicknames to stick came from the NFL.

Some nicknames are earned through performances and some are self-proclaimed by the athletes themselves. Here are a few examples of great NFL nicknames: Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, Michael "The Playmaker" Irvin, John "The Diesel" Riggins, Jevon "The Freak" Kearse, Jerome "The Bus" Bettis and Adrian "Purple Jesus" Peterson.

Fans and media give nicknames that capture the personality of an athlete. The NFL employs some very colorful personalities, which has made for some great nicknames over the years.

We are one week away from Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have players with colorful personalities that have lead to some great nicknames. Terrance Knighton aka Pot Roast, caught the nations attention when the Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Pot Roast was a big play maker, causing havoc for Tom Brady's offense.

Pot Roast is a great nickname for a guy like Knighton. Super Bowl XLVIII will have many players with exciting nicknames. While Pot Roast could be the best one we hear, this list will take a look at the top five nicknames for players in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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5. Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch

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Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch is one of the league's premier running backs. A beast, that is exactly what Marshawn is. This is his fourth year in the NFL. This season, he ran for 1,257 yards and lead the league in rushing touchdowns with 12.

So far this postseason, and for the better part of Marshawn's career, it has appeared impossible for defense's to stop him when he is in beast mode. In the NFC Championship game, Lynch was unstoppable. He ran all over the San Francisco 49ers, rushing for one touchdown and 109 yards on 22 carries.

If Marshawn locks into beast mode during the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos could be in trouble.

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4. Russell "Danger Russ" Wilson

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Russell "Danger Russ" Wilson is the league's best young quarterback. Only in his second year, Wilson is by far one of the most dangerous quarterbacks.

What makes Wilson one of the league's most dangerous quarterbacks is his ability to pass, his ability to run and his high football IQ. He is a great playmaker because he has an arsenal of offensive weapons to support his skills.

During the 2013 regular season, he threw for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 63.1 percent. He also ran for 539, third highest among quarterbacks, just behind Cam Newtown (587) and Terrelle Pryor (580).

The Broncos will need to be cautious of the dangerous Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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3. Peyton "The Sheriff" Manning

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There couldn't be a better nickname for Peyton Manning. Whether with the Indianapolis Colts or the Denver Broncos, Peyton has been the guy in charge offensively.

You can hear him on the field yelling "Omaha!" and giving directions to his offense. Jon Gruden has been given credit for coining Manning's nickname "The Sheriff", because he goes into other team's stadiums and lays down the law.

Manning has had an amazing career and this has been one of his best seasons ever. He lead the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. This season, he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns.

If Manning starts to lay down the law during the Super Bowl, Seattle's defense could be in trouble.

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2. Richard "Optimus Prime" Sherman

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Richard Sherman is the self-proclaimed best cornerback in the NFL and he has statistics to prove it.

This is Sherman's third year in the league. Since entering the league, he leads in interceptions (20), passes defended (61) and quarterback rating when targeted (39.4).

Sherman's nickname is self-proclaimed as well. He changed his Twitter account to "Optimus Prime" when the Seahawks faced the Detroit Lions and the league's best receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson.

The Super Bowl will be Sherman's biggest test yet, as he faces Peyton Manning, the league's best quarterback. This will be his chance to prove if he really is Optimus Prime.

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1. Brandon "Boss Hog" Mebane

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The Broncos have Pot Roast and the Seahawks have Boss Hog, aka Brandon Mebane.

Mebane has spent his whole career in Seattle and is known well by the hardcore Seahawks fans. This regular season, the Seahawks were first in total defense, allowing an average of 273.6 yards per game. Boss Hog is one of the league's best defensive tackles and a driving force behind Seattle's dominant defense.

Mebane is an elite pass-rusher and the Seahawks have been lucky to have him. His performance in the Super Bowl will be a big contributor to whether or not Seattle wins or losses. Peyton will have to keep his eyes open for Boss Hog on pass rushes.

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  • justin lecroy

    What a dumb list. Danger Russ WTF? Where did that BS come from? I never heard that before. Peyton “the Sheriff” Manning is so lame as well. How is Pot Roast not there. I guess Wilson and Manning got in b/c they’re QB. Top 5 should be Beast Mode, Pot Roast, Optimus Prime, Legion of Boom, and Boss Hogg.