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Cam Newton’s nicknames for Panthers teammates: A running guide


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).

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

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