Death, taxes and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton being unique are sure things in Charlotte.
In the Carolina locker room, so is getting a nickname from the quarterback.
Newton doesn’t discriminate – Rookies, veterans, and coaches alike receive a moniker from Newton, and sometimes he throws them out in casual conversation so quickly, it can be tough to keep up.
So we’ve decided to compile a running list of the nicknames we know of thus far, and what they mean (if anything at all).
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Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks: Denzel (as in “Denzel Washington,” whom many think Wilks resembles.)
Assistant receivers coach Jerricho Cotchery: OG Cotch, or Clutch-ery
Receiver Kelvin Benjamin: Benji
Receiver Russell Shepard: Shep
Receiver Curtis Samuel: Kirko (Newton liked the nickname, which he had formerly given to safety Kurt Coleman, so much, he transferred it to Samuel.)
Receiver Austin Duke: Dookie
Running back Jonathan Stewart: Beef Stew
Tight end Chris Manhertz: Blistex (Newton teased Manhertz for getting blisters on his feet in practice.)
Tight end Ed Dickson: Eddie Kane (Presumably after the actor, but Newton did not feel it appropriate to expand.)
Receiver Devin Funchess: Fun
Running back Christian McCaffrey: C-Mac
Tight end Greg Olsen: Greg
Olsen and McCaffrey, combined: The Caucasian Killers
Center Tyler Larsen: Bucky (After Bucky Larsen, the main character in “Born to be a Star.”)
Guard Andrew Norwell: All-Yell (This one may stem from the screaming-at-each-other handshake Norwell and Newton do before every practice and game.)
Tackle John Theus: Cinnasticks (Theus has red hair.)
Defensive tackle Kawann Short: KK (The public also uses this one.)
Defensive end Julius Peppers: Frazier (After hard-hitting boxing heavyweight Joe Frazier.)
Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei: Starlito
Defensive end Mario Addison: Super Mario
Safety Kurt Coleman: Bishop (For always being “about the Word.”)
Safety Mike Adams: Old School
Cornerback Daryl Worley: Batman (Worley has an afinity for the comic book hero.)
Cornerback James Bradberry: Major James (Newton says this is because Bradberry is bald.)
Nickelback Captain Munnerlyn: Lil’ Cap
Linebacker Shaq Thompson: Shaquille
Linebacker Thomas Davis: The Mayor of Charlotte
Linebacker Luke Kuechly: Captain America