Ten All-Time Great Packers Nicknames

Nicknames have always been a part of sports. Some are ironic, like calling a bald man “Curly” and some are descriptive like calling a player with red hair “Red.” Others describe the way a player carries themselves or the way they play on the field.

Here is a look at 10 great nicknames from Packers history. Feel free to mention other nicknames you know and like in the comments section.

1. Don Hutson “The Alabama Antelope”

Hutson was the greatest receiver of his generation and maybe of all time. He earned the nickname, “The Alabama Antelope” because of his outstanding speed and because of where he went to college.

Hutson caught 99 touchdown passes in his NFL career which was a record that stood for more than four decades and he helped the Packers win three NFL titles while playing offense, defense and special teams for the Pack. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2. Paul Hornung “The Golden Boy” or “Goat”

Hornung had two nicknames and both reflected a different side of his personality. “The Golden Boy” was more of a public persona. Hornung was a young, glamorous athlete who played his college football under the golden dome at Notre Dame where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1957.

While the public knew Hornung as “The Golden Boy,” his teammates called him “Goat” or “Goat Shoulders” because of his hunched over posture when he ran the football.

Hornung led the NFL in scoring for three straight seasons from 1959 through 1961 including a career-high 176 points in 1960. He could run, catch passes, block and kick. Hornung was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

3. Reggie White “The Minister of Defense”

White is one of the greatest pass rushers in the history of the game and his decision to sign with the Packers as a free agent in 1993 helped change the future of the franchise.

White was nicknamed “The Minister of Defense” because of his outstanding talent and because he was a religious man who also an ordained minister.

On the field, White was as tough as anybody, but before and after games, he would try to inspire players to focus on their faith and to join together in prayer.

White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He passed away suddenly at the age of 43 in 2004.

4. Willie Davis “Dr. Feelgood”

Davis was a tough competitor on the field and he had a knack for knocking quarterbacks down throughout the Lombardi Era. His nickname was “Dr. Feelgood” because of his sunny and easy going disposition but during games he was always tough.

Davis was a leader on and off the field and was named captain of the Packers defense.

After he retired, he became a fixture in the business world and served on the board of directors of several well known corporations.

Dr. Feelgood was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

5. Frank Winters “Frankie Bagadonuts”

Was there a more perfect nickname for a tough, blue collar offensive lineman than Winters’ “Frankie Bagadonuts?”

Winters was one of Brett Favre’s best friends on the Packers and spent 11 seasons with the team from 1992-2002. In 1996, Winters won a Super Bowl and earned Pro Bowl honors for his strong play at center.

Winters was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2008.

6. Mark Chmura “Chewy”

Chmura was a good tight end and another of Favre’s closest teammates on the Packers. He earned three Pro Bowl nods and was a part of the Packers Super Bowl-winning team in 1996.

Chmura’s nickname was both a play on his last name and a nod to the Star Wars character Chewbacca.

He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2010.

7. Jerry Kramer “Zipper”

Kramer earned his nickname the hard way. He was called “Zipper” because he underwent so many surgeries during his life and he has the scars to prove it.

Kramer made the most famous block in NFL history in “The Ice Bowl” when he and center Ken Bowman pushed back Cowboys defensive tackle Jethro Pugh to allow Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown in the closing seconds of the game.

Late in his career, Kramer wrote “Instant Replay” which gave fans unprecedented insight into an NFL locker room.

Kramer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018 after waiting far too long for that well deserved honor.

8. John Brockington “The Crazed Camel”

Brockington was a tough, inside runner for the Packers from 1971-1977. He became the first player in NFL history to gain 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three pro seasons and earned Pro Bowl honors in each of those years.

Brockington was the focal point of the Packers offense and he and MacArthur Lane teamed up to give the Pack a great one-two punch. They were both talented runners, good receivers and willing blockers for each other. The tandem helped lead the Packers to a 10-4 record and their only playoff berth of the decade in 1972.

The former Ohio State star earned his nickname for his tough running style and how difficult he was to bring down.

9. Larry McCarren “The Rock”

McCarren played 12 seasons for the Packers and earned his nickname for his strength and toughness. He played in 162 consecutive games for the Pack and even played the 1980 season opener one week after undergoing hernia surgery.

Although he was a 12th round draft pick, McCarren developed into a darn good center and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1982 and 1983.

McCarren was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992 and now covers the team for their official Web site.

10. Brett Favre “The Gunslinger”

The Gunslinger nickname fit Brett Favre perfectly. He was a daring, fearless player who could create a great play out of a seemingly disastrous set of circumstances or could also make a costly turnover that hurt his team.

Fortunately, Favre made more big plays than mistakes and he turned his gunslinging style into three straight league MVP awards from 1995-1997 and a Super Bowl title after the 1996 season.

Favre’s toughness and dedication led him to start an NFL record 297 straight regular season games. When he retired, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, yards and interceptions.

Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

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PackerAaron's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:15 pm

No Gravedigger??? Smh

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Or Bart Starr. "Hello, my name is Bart Starr. My friends call me Bart Star."

Bart, like Forrest Gump, was also from "ALABAMA!" and played for Bear.

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BAMABADGER's picture

June 26, 2021 at 08:31 pm

Bart Starr did not play for Coach Bryant. He was coached by Harold Drew and Jennings "Ears" Whitworth.. Ears Whitworth was the worse coach in Alabama history.... 4 - 24 - 2 record at Alabama.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 27, 2021 at 05:49 pm

Ahman "Batman" Green

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greengold's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:27 pm

"No Gravedigger???" ... sacrilege.

Never ONCE heard Brockington's nickname. Not once. Gil... whoosh.

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:43 pm

And "Blood"....?

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 26, 2021 at 01:18 pm

I think Johnny "Blood" McNally was my favorite, especially when you read the story behind it's origins.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 27, 2021 at 05:51 pm

No Fuzzy?

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packer132's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Good list Gil, and a few I had not heard of. I always like Ted "the stork" Hendricks and "Double D" for Donald Driver. My favorite is the "gravedigger" for Gilbert Brown.
Two young guys have a good start, with Jaire "Alexander Island", and A.J. "the snow plow" Dillon. Looking forward to good play from Stokes, Myers, and Slaton and nicknames could follow.

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 26, 2021 at 12:33 pm

"Gravedigger" was a favorite of mine on that great Schumer D line. "Roadrunner" too.

What are some of the best nicknames on current Packers...or should be? Alexander The Great is one I like. And "Swiss" for E. Jenkins who can do it all like the army knife.

Bob Uecker had one of my all time favorite nicknames...he called slugger Rob Deer "Poacher."

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 26, 2021 at 01:15 pm

No love for Earl "Curly" Lambeau?

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BuckyBadger's picture

June 26, 2021 at 01:18 pm

Favre was a gunslinger but I don't that ever really be his nickname.

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Sapgooey's picture

June 26, 2021 at 02:21 pm

FALSE!
"Gravedigger" should be NUMBER ONE!!!

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mnbadger's picture

June 26, 2021 at 02:30 pm

A list like this is prime for debate, but three obvious ones first mentioned above must be on the list include Curly, DD and the grave digger. Remove crazed camel, Alabama antelope and Dr Feelgood.

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porupack's picture

June 26, 2021 at 02:45 pm

How did Charles Woodson nor LeRoy Butler not get a nickname? Two of some of my favorite players all time.

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LeotisHarris's picture

June 26, 2021 at 03:32 pm

We should not forget Bernard "Boob" Darling, part of the 1970 inaugural Packers HOF class. Also part of the 1970 class was Francis "Jug" Earp. And, let's give a nod to State of Wisconsin legend Howard "Cub" Buck. IMHO, guys nicknamed "Boob", "Jug", and "Cub" belong on any top 10 list. There's something to be said for simpler times and one syllable nicknames.

Tony Canadeo was nicknamed "The Grey Ghost." Travis "The Roadrunner" Williams was a solid nickname, too.

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Turophile's picture

June 26, 2021 at 03:47 pm

Other possibles:
Charles Woodson = 'the Professor', 'Leaping' Leroy Butler, maybe Chad 'the silence' Clifton, Bakhtiari = Chugger, 'Crazy hands' = James Jones.
Early in his career I used to call Rodgers 'Air Force 1' and 'Air 1 Aaron'.
Then there is always Brent Favre............but that isn't complimentary (as in We'll never forget you, Brent), so lets stick with the gunslinger.

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jont's picture

June 26, 2021 at 06:45 pm

Favre called in Chad Hillbilly Clifton.

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Minniman's picture

June 26, 2021 at 05:41 pm

Nick “the pick” Collins?

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Since'61's picture

June 26, 2021 at 07:05 pm

This is the first time that I have ever heard that John Brockington had a nickname. I would have gone with "The Roadrunner" for Travis Williams over Brockington's nickname.

Another nickname for consideration would be Forrest "Trees" Gregg and Lionel "Trains" Aldridge. Thanks, Since '61

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

June 26, 2021 at 07:46 pm

Gravedigger omission really stands out as a mistake.

Not a nickname, per se, but I loved Vince Workman my way back to you babe, and Ed go West young man.

Thanks to Chris Berman.

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davekenya's picture

June 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

Wasn't Ed West 'The Toolbox'?

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June 27, 2021 at 01:26 pm

And Ed West was one of the best teammates I can recall of all the Packer players. He worked diligently to help younger tight ends who eventually replaced him. He was just "one of those guys" that helps to make a team a "TEAM".

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June 26, 2021 at 08:34 pm

David "Hawg" Hanner !

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

June 26, 2021 at 08:55 pm

We should consider Johnny "Blood" McNally an old time Packer player who was a member of the "All 1030's decade" team.

"When coach Curly Lambeau first negotiated a contract with McNally to play for the Green Bay Packers he offered him a $110 a week if he wouldn't drink after Wednesday and $100 a week if he did. McNally allegedly took the $100, although a later story said Lambeau said he would give him the $110 and let him drink on Wednesday for being so honest about it.[6]"

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Blood-McNally's picture

June 27, 2021 at 12:29 am

gotta agree on this one.

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Tundraboy's picture

June 26, 2021 at 11:03 pm

I gotta go with Johnny Blood.

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davekenya's picture

June 26, 2021 at 11:12 pm

Thank goodness nobody mentioned 'The Incredible Bulk (Bust)'

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marpag1's picture

June 27, 2021 at 05:27 am

Onterrio “The Original Whizzinator” Smith.

Oh, wait... that's a Vikings name. Never mind.

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June 27, 2021 at 06:05 am

Number 1 should be Majik Man. I remember that poster I had when I was a teen.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u-gehvFrDAE/TxmJGIVNksI/AAAAAAAAHCA/URcMrrnTPG...
Number 2 should be GrAvEDiGGeR
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a6/50/34/a65034c8a2a5824c0a7f21efea835988...

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porupack's picture

June 27, 2021 at 06:47 am

After; reading Corey's CHTV tribute to Mason Crosby and his perfect season 16 for 16, I submit: Crosshairs Crosby

What a great story, Crosby for the Pack,,.still got the leg, and kudos to MM for his loyalty and faith to Crosby during a pretty rough year, when a lot of coaches might have cut the kicker from the roster. Tough call, but faith and belief in those down moments can be incredible boost, and engender loyalty back.

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Oppy's picture

June 27, 2021 at 10:46 am

A couple of my friends and I always called Mason Crosby "Lima Bean" because in his rookie headshot photo, for whatever reason, the shape of his head looked like it was curved in a "c" shape like a lima bean.

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June 27, 2021 at 07:23 am

Johnny Blood is my favorite. The Gray Ghost is good. How about Najeh “Dumper” Davenport.

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Oppy's picture

June 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

We always called him "pooper", lol!

Amazing how many people don't know the back story on that one.
I guess you could say, it's a skeleton in his -closet- lol

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nostradanus's picture

June 27, 2021 at 07:28 am

“Big Stiffy” William Henderson

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

June 27, 2021 at 08:59 am

Buckets Goldenberg.

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PatrickGB's picture

June 27, 2021 at 10:00 am

David Bakhtiari, the Persian diversion.

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Oppy's picture

June 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

Not that is deserves any listing because of its infinity small following, but Cullen "Big Sexy" Jenkins was my contribution to Packers players nicknames. I think I got at least 6 or 7 people on the "Big Sexy" train.

At one point, I believe I heard Nagler use it. I giggled. Highlight of my less-than-impressive life. :)

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Tex49's picture

June 27, 2021 at 11:54 am

In my opinion “Gunslinger” is more of a description of a players game than a nickname. Everyone called Brett a Gunslinger, most did not call him the Gunslinger.

Also how does KGB not make the list?

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Tex49's picture

June 27, 2021 at 11:59 am

Rodgers was given a pretty legit nickname by Stephen A, “The Baaaaaaaad Man.”

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aimnfires's picture

June 27, 2021 at 08:05 pm

1. Don Hutson “The Alabama Antelope” - never heard of it
2. Paul Hornung “The Golden Boy” or “Goat” - remove the Goat
3. Reggie White “The Minister of Defense” 10 out of 10
4. Willie Davis “Dr. Feelgood” - never heard of it
5. Frank Winters “Frankie Bagadonuts” 6 out of 10
6. Mark Chmura “Chewy” - didn't he have another name – hot tub ??
7. Jerry Kramer “Zipper” - never heard of it
8. John Brockington “The Crazed Camel” - never heard of it - 0 out of 10
9. Larry McCarren “The Rock” 5 out of 10
10. Brett Favre “The Gunslinger” was not a nickname - Bert ?

- Nicknames that belong on the list
Gilbert Brown - “The GraveDigger”
Donald Driver – “Double D”
Travis Williams - "The Roadrunner"
Don Majkowski - “Majik Man”

- Before my time but probably should be on the list:
Earl "Curly" Lambeau
Johnny "Blood" McNally

- Celebration Moves that players were known for
Lambeau Leap – Leroy Butler
The Championship Belt – Aaron Rodgers
The Heisman Pose – Desmond Howard
Grave Digging - Gilbert Brown
Bret Favre – pull a make believe gun from holster (not sure about this one)
The Hump Move (not a celebration) Reggie White

Gotta go…already spent too much time on this

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MITM's picture

June 28, 2021 at 06:17 am

The Freezer

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calabasa's picture

June 29, 2021 at 09:16 am

Any time you have a burger named after you, that’s a top 10 nickname.

Never heard of a Camel Burger…

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calabasa's picture

June 29, 2021 at 09:27 am

OK, it was the Gilbert Burger, not the Gravedigger. (Burger King PR vetoed that). But still…

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