A list of funny football player names: Which is the most hilarious name on the list?

A list of funny football player names: Which is the most hilarious name on the list?

Steve Njuguna
updated at June 19, 2023 at 11:56 PM

Sometimes the most significant source of entertainment on the pitch is not even the game but the name! Today we talk about funny football player names that will undoubtedly leave you in stitches.

Danny Drinkwater gestures during a 2016/17 EPL game for Leicester City. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA
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Nobody can control the names they receive at birth, as that is mostly the prerogative of their parents. However, many players have acquired hilarious nicknames and monikers as they grew up and went into sports.

Funniest NFL player names of all time

Here are some funny American football players' names. The list includes players who are no longer actively playing in the NFL.

5. Guy Whimper

Born in Hawaii, Guy had a successful seven-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive linesman. He won Superbowl XLII with the New York Giants in 2008.

Guy Whimper
Guy Whimper during a photo session with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. Photo by NFL
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4. Rex Grossman

Grossman was an NFL Quarterback drafted in 2003 who played 100 seasons in the league with the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. He led the Bears to the Superbowl final in 2006, where they lost to the Patriots.

3. Earthwind Moreland

Earthwind Moreland had an eight-year stint in the NFL as a cornerback. He was named after his mother's favourite band, Earth, Wind and Fire.

2. Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber is one of the most accomplished running backs in the history of the NFL. He is currently an NFL TV analyst.

1. Richie Incognito

Richie played guard for 15 seasons in the NFL and made the pro bowl four times. In 2022, he went incognito, just like his name and retired from the NFL.

Funny Alabama football player names

Alabama's football program, nicknamed the 'Crimson Tide', has produced some iconic players. Here are some funny player names and nicknames from Alabama.



D.J Fluker

D.J Fluker you up

Eddie Lacy

The Tasmanian Devil

Mark Barron

The LumberJack

Dont'a Hightower


Jesse Williams

The tattooed terror

Funny African football player names

African soccer players, mainly from the Southern Africa region, have some funny real football player names. Here are our top five:

5. Teenage Hadebe

Teenage is a Zimbabwean centre-back who currently plays for MLS side Houston Dynamo. He has 35 caps for the Zimbabwean national team.

Teenage Hadebe
Teenage Hadebe heads the ball while playing for Zimbabwe against Egypt at AFCON 2019. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto
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4. Have-a-Look Dube

Dube played for Njube Swallows in Zimbabwe. He also played for their national team.

3. Tonic Chabalala

Tonic Chabalala is a retired defender who played most of his career at Orlando Pirates in the early 2000s. His cousin has an equally funny name, Justice Chabalala.

2. Bongo Christ

Congolese striker Bongo made his name playing in Germany for SV Sandhausen and Hanover 96 at the turn of the century. Despite having one of the best funny black football player names, he is not related to the Messiah!

1. Godknows Murwira

Murwira is an active Zimbabwean international who plays as a midfielder for Platinum Stars. It is safe to say that only God knows how his parents decided to give him that name!

Funny nicknames for football players

Aside from footballers with funny names, some have picked up iconic nicknames over the years. Here are a few of our favourite picks:



Roberto Baggio

The Divine Ponytail

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Baby Faced Assassin

Andoni Goikoetxea

The Butcher of Bilbao

Stuart Pearce


David James

Calamity James

Funny real football team names

Some football teams have hilarious names. Here are some examples from all over the world.


Country of origin

Deportivo Moron


Eleven Men In Flight FC


Chicken Inn FC


Golden Bush FC


Thailand Tobacco Monopoly


King Faisal Babes


FL Fart


In both American and association football, there are some really funny football player names. From Bongo Christ to Richie Incognito, fans are guaranteed a laugh every time these guys get onto the pitch.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.
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