Being involved in organized sports for most of my life, nicknames come with the territory just as much as the actual playing of the game. My name is Dave Peters but I write under the name Booga. Booga is a nickname that was given to me by my parents as a baby.
Sports and nicknames go waaaay back. Here are some non-Charger examples: Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Red Grange “The Galloping Ghost”, “Iron” Mike Ditka, “Broadway” Joe Namath, “Slinging” Sammy Baugh, “Mean” Joe Greene, “Sweetness” Walter Payton, “Golden Boy” Paul Hornung, Christian “The Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, “The Bus” Jerome Bettis, “Primetime” Deion Sanders ( one of my favorite non-Chargers of all-time), and Dante Hall “The human joystick”, just to name a few.
Here is my list of Chargers players with nicknames that even the most novice of readers will know.
“Bambi” Lance Alworth
Lionel “Little train” James
Leslie “Speedy” Duncan
Gary “Big hands” Johnson
Natrone Means “Business”
Eric “Sleeping with” Bieniemy
Rodney “The hitman” Harrison
Shawne “Lights out” Merriman
Stan “The Man” Humphries
Reuben Davis and Shawn Lee = “Two tons of fun”
Terence “the night-time sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine” Kiel
I am sure that I have left some out but that is what I am able to come up with off the top of my head. Hit me up with any additions in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!