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Greatest Sports Nicknames

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25. “The Worm,” Dennis Rodman

Has there ever been more controversial, colorful player in the NBA than Rodman? He’s one of the best rebounders the sport has ever seen, but what’s with the nickname? Our intern (John the Intern) thinks it's because Rodman grew a reported 13 inches in a single year! The real story is far less impressive. Apparently “The Worm” was given to Rodman as a kid by his mother for his wiggling while playing pinball. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

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