Just as some people are known by just a first name, many athletes, teams, and events can be recognized by a simple nickname. Here is a list of some of the better nicknames in the history of sports. Have we missed any? Add them here...

  1. "The Immaculate Reception," Pittsburgh Steeler's pass play 1972
  2. Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch
  3. "Purple People Eaters," Minnesota Vikings defensive line 1970s
  4. "Hands of Stone," Roberto Duran
  5. "Charlie Hustle," Pete Rose
  6. "Phi Slamma Jamma," University of Houston men's basketball team 1982-84
  7. Earvin "Magic" Johnson
  8. "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky
  9. Michael "Air" Jordan
  10. "Steel Curtain," Pittsburgh Steeler's defense
  11. "The Thrilla in Manila," Ali-Frazier boxing match
  12. "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
  13. "Sweetness," Walter Payton
  14. "The Miracle on Ice," Al Michaels call in Olympic hockey
  15. "The Splendid Splinter," Ted Williams
  16. "Iron" Mike Tyson
  17. Craig "Ironhead" Heywood
  18. The Cincinnati "Big Red" Machine
  19. "Sugar Ray" Leonard
  20. "The Fumble" - Denver beats Cleveland
  21. "The Drive" - Denver beats Cleveland
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