How to give an NFL player an ‘official’ nickname, feat. Mike Daniels & Blake Martinez
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By Matub

For writers, serious fans, and anyone looking to win a trivia competition, Pro Football Reference is a must-bookmark site. This is a website where you can track every player to wear a number and cross-reference it with the absurdly powerful player comparison finder.

There is also a version of the Sports Reference brand for every major sport, including college. This isn’t necessarily relevant to me, as I don’t follow any other sports closely, but you can knock yourselves out.

Something odd that PFRef tracks is nicknames. This was first brought to my attention by APC’s own Paul Noonan, when he asked twitter who on the Green Bay Packers is known as “The Freak”. Since then, I’ve become a bit obsessed with players who have a listed nickname.

The answer to “Who is the Freak?” is Kyler Fackrell. Some research turned up an article claiming a TV announcer called him The Freak while he was in college. I couldn’t believe that was all it took to have a nickname listed and took offense on behalf of other, shall we say, more deserving players.

Recently, Wes Hodkiewicz accidentally referred to Blake Martinez as “boar”. Blake quickly accepted it. Along with this, fans and other players have been referring to Mike Daniels as “Diesel” for years. Neither of these were listed on their respective PFRef...

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