With the Super Bowl coming up in a hurry, I was reminiscing about

The Greatest Show on Turf

This was the nickname given to the St Louis Rams during the 1999 through 2002 seasons.  The explosive offense was led by former grocery store bagger Kurt Warner.  Really, he was working at a grocery store while playing in the AFL when he got the call to join St Louis in a backup quarterback position. But, this story is not about Kurt, it is about nicknames given to great teams over the years.

Some of the more famous nicknames for NFL teams, may or may not be an arguing point for fans. I found these on Wikipedia:

Americas Team

The Dallas Cowboys have been known as Americas Team since the 70’s.  The Cowboys have won 5 NFL Championships with the last one coming in 1995.  Maybe it’s time to change the nickname to “the team formerly known as Americas Team”

Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Another NFC East team, the NY Giants had a dominant defense in the late 80’s, and the nickname shows just that.


Not a flattering nickname, but one that was given to the New England Patriots on several different occasions.  Add spy gate and deflate gate to the title, and you will see a pattern with the team Tom built.

Da Bears

The almost undefeated 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl team is referred to with this nickname, although the nickname gained popularity in the early 90’s, the 85 Bears get to use it.

Legion of Boom

There was a time when the Seattle Seahawks were feared on defense.  Players like Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor earned the title.  Seattle isn’t as scary anymore

Orange Crush

Another moniker for a dominant defense.  This one belonged to the Denver Broncos.

Purple People Eaters

The use of the Sheb Wooley song was later used to describe the Minnesota Vikings defensive line

The Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers were another team with a dominant defense and a very capable offense.  They won 6 Super Bowls, 4 during the time the nickname was first recognized

The Three Amigos

Most of the greatest nicknames were based on dominant defense.  The Three Amigos was about three future Hall of Fame offensive players.  Troy Aikman, Emmett Smith and Michael Irving were dubbed the nickname during their three Super Bowls in the 90’s

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