Amazing Nicknames Of The Most Famous Sportspeople

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6. Joe Jackson – Shoeless

Joe Jackson
Sporting News

Nicknames do stick! You can already guess why Joe is nicknamed shoeless. As a matter of fact, the nickname has been added to his title, like so – Shoeless Joe Jackson. He is one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. His nickname was given when he played without shoes during a session. I guess just one action that stick so much that it can define us. Such talent! Unfortunately, Joe has been blacklisted from baseball.

7. LeBron James – King James

LeBron James
Sports Illustrated

All hail his royal highness! James has long been seen as a high school royalty. It wasn’t very hard to predict his future and career. From his second year of high school he entered straight into the NBA. After Jordan, no other player has merited that crown of royalty in basketball. However, James did. He has proven himself and merited the nickname – King James.

8. Maurice Jones-Drew – Pocket Hercules aka Mojo

Maurice Jones-Drew
SB Nation

The Jaguars are proud of this one. Mighty Maurice with 2 nicknames at once. Maurice has proven that he can be a dare devil in the field. Obviously, his physical qualities enables his great tacking skills. He definitely acts like Hercules in the field. Also, the way his opponents miss him during a tackle has earned him his ‘Mojo’ nickname.

9. Wayne Gretzky – The Great One

Wayne Gretzky
Carmen\’s Group

If you came in to beat all your predecessors and became the best at something, chances are always that you’ll be used to describe that thing. This is the case with Wayne. He has become the face of Hockey as the greatest player of professional hockey. Therefore, he has earned the nickname and hockey should be proud to have been played by Wayne.

10. Johnny Manziel – Johnny Football

Johnny Manziel
Yahoo! Sports

To be nicknamed after a sport is a great honor. It means you have taken talent and dedication to the next level. Despite his poor health choices, Johnny is a great football player. Johnny won the Heisman as a freshman which earned him this nickname. As a matter of fact, he has one of the coolest nicknames. I mean ‘football’ – how cool is that?

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