Athletes Who Are Known By Different Names
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” — Juliet.
That may be true for William Shakespeare, but not always when it comes to athletes. Changing the name is common among movie celebrities as they feel comfortable while using their alias names off screen, and it is also very common for many different sportsters.
The world enjoyed when Shahid Afridi became Boom Boom Afridi for his astonishing sixers, or when Shoaib Akhtar was known as Rawalpindi Express for his tremendous bowling speed. But that’s not all; many athletes made their nicknames official in the legal way as they are widely known by their just nicknames. So here is the list of 10 Athletes who are known by different names.
10 Athletes Who Are Known By Different Names
10. World B. Free
This American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1975–1988 was known as the “Prince of Midair”, as well as “All-World”. He and George Gervin battled for scoring titles in back-to-back seasons in 1978-79 and 1979-80 as he burst onto the NBA scene in 1975. He was born with the name Lloyd Bernard Free and nicknamed “World” by his friends during his junior high days in Brooklyn. According to him, “they just started calling me ‘all-world’, because all-city and all-county and things like that weren’t good enough. Finally, they just started calling me World.” On December 8, 1981, he legally changed his first name to World and became World B. Free.
9. Marvelous Marvin Hagler
This legendary retired American professional boxer was undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Marvin holds the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78% along with twelve undisputed title defenses. He was also introduced to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organisation rates Hagler as the sixth-greatest middleweight of all time. Marvin was born with the name Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, and he legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin Hagler In 1982 after he got annoyed with network announcers who often did not refer to him by his nickname “Marvelous”.
8. Chad Johnson
This American football wide receiver currently plays Canadian football for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. CNBC listed Ochocinco as No. 1 of “Most Influential Athletes in Social Media” in April 2011. He is a six-time NFL Pro Bowler and was also named to three All-Pro teams. On October 25, 2006, Johnson announced that he would prefer to be called “Ocho Cinco,” which is “eight five” in Spanish, the jersey number he wore. The back of his jersey read “Ocho Cinco” instead of “C. Johnson” against the Atlanta Falcons during warm-ups for the October 29, 2006 game, and then he legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ochocinco on August 29, 2008. After a few years with the new name, including a terrible season in New England, he again changed his name back to Chad Johnson.