Nicknames have been a part of sports since the beginning of time. The Green Bay Packers have so many famous nicknames in their history. They can be descriptive like Earl “Curly” Lambeau or Reggie White’s “Minister of Defense” or can have interesting back stories like Johnny “Blood” McNally. Some players even have multiple nicknames like Hall of Famer Paul Hornung who was known as both “The Golden Boy” or “Goat.”
Here is a look at 10 current Packers players and their nicknames:
Packers Nickname Number 10: Keisean Nixon
The Packers All Pro return specialist and defensive back made a big difference for the team in 2022. He will likely have an expanded role on defense in 2023 as he looks to become the team’s slot corner as well as returning kicks and playing a big role on special teams.
Nixon was given the nickname K-9 for his attitude and the way he approaches the game.
Number 9: Elgton Jenkins
The Packers starting left guard is one of the more versatile players on the offensive line. He can play any of the five positions and has played multiple positions at a high level since joining the Pack in 2019.
Standing at 6’5” and weighing 311 pounds, Jenkins has earned the nickname “Big E.” Jenkins went to the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.
Packers Nickname Number 8: Kingsley Enagbare
The second-year edge rusher out of South Carolina recorded three sacks as a rookie and flashed some pass rush ability. He assumed a bigger role after Rashan Gary was lost in Week 9 due to a knee injury.
He was given the nickname “JJ” as a kid because he was a fan of the kids show “JJ the Jet Plane” and had a lot of energy.
Number 7: A.J. Dillon
The Packers change of pace back has multiple nicknames although some of them apply to parts of his body. The Boston College alum has large thighs for a running back and has nicknamed them “Quadzilla” and “The Quad Father.”
But Dillon’s nickname, as spelled out in his Twitter handle, is “The Sauce.” Dillon hopes to build on his 770-yard season as he enters the final year of his current contract.
Number 6: Jaire Alexander
The Packers top cover corner is Pro Bowler Jaire Alexander. The speedster from Louisville has been given the nickname “Ja’Money” which is fitting for the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
Alexander had a career high five interceptions in 2022 and has developed into a leader on the Green Bay defense. He has earned Pro Bowl honors twice in his career.
Packers Nickname Number 5: Jayden Reed
The Packers second round pick out of Michigan State is considered a front runner to be the team’s slot receiver in his rookie season.
While with the Spartans, Reed earned the nickname “Bird.”
New #Packers wideout Jayden Reed on his nickname "Bird":
"My mom gave me that name back then. … People still use it to this day. That's the only thing that Payton (Thorne) really called me."
— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) April 29, 2023
Number 4: Rudy Ford
Ironically, Rudy is Ford’s nickname. His given name is Johnathan Ford, but an uncle started calling him Rudy after the film about the Notre Dame player that goes by the same title.
“I feel like that underdog. I had to work my whole entire career,” Ford said.
Ford is hoping to establish himself as one of the team’s starting safeties this season after starting a career-high six games in 2022.
Packers Nickname 3: Romeo Doubs
Doubs had a strong training camp and preseason as a rookie last season and quickly garnered attention from the coaching staff and his teammates.
The former Nevada star is hoping to build on his 42-catch effort as a rookie and claim a full-time starting position in his second year with Green Bay.
Number 2: Aaron Jones
The Packers top running back stands only 5’9” but he’s been a big part of the Packers attack since joining the team in 2017. The UTEP product has topped 1,000 yards rushing in a season three times and earned Pro Bowl honors after the 2020 campaign.
Jones earned the nickname “Showtyme” for his big play ability.
Packers Nickname Number 1: Lukas Van Ness
The Packers first-round pick in this year’s draft has a great nickname for a football player: “Hercules.” The Iowa alum earned that moniker because of his size, athletic ability, and physique.
It certainly gives Van Ness something to live up to as he starts his NFL career this fall.
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