NBA star Kobe Bryant gave himself the nickname “Black Mamba” as an alter-ego to separate his personal and professional lives. During a tough personal period in his life, he created “Black Mamba” to handle business on the court. He chose this name after watching Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” in which the snake is known for its agility and aggressiveness and was used as a code name for a deadly assassin.
Retired quarterback Peyton Manning also goes by the name, “The Sheriff,” a name first coined by ESPN's Jon Gruden, stating that Manning "lays down the law" in opposing teams' stadiums and continued to use the analogy when talking about the talented QB.
Deion Sanders earned the nickname “Prime Time” in high school by a teammate for his ‘must-see’ talents. He was also known for his flashy clothes and boastful talk.
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