Danny Groner: Bill Parcells and 7 Athletes Who Go By Fake First Names
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
He made a name for himself as the Giants head coach, but what you may not know about Bill Parcells is that his actual first name is "Duane." And "Bill" isn't even his middle name he uses instead -- it's a nickname.
The 71-year-old Parcells, and now a Hall of Fame inductee, put up a career 172-130-1 record in the regular season, with eight division titles. He won two Super Bowls during his tenure.
It was during high school that Parcells ditched "Duane" and went with "Bill," the name of another boy in his class for whom Parcells was often mistaken. That name stuck, and the rest is history. Here are seven other sports people who made similar name changes, and how they got their moniker:
Bo Jackson: It could have been "Vincent Knows" if Jackson had stuck with his God-given name. He was named after Vince Edwards, his mother's favorite actor, but early in his life Jackson was showing the ferocity and energy of a wild boar. This led to his being labeled "Bo," for short.
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