Just like every good hero needs a theme song, ever top flight athlete should have a catchy nickname.
When asked by the Sporting News' Rana L. Cash if he should be called Optimus Prime since fellow NFC North wide out Calvin Johnson was Megatron, the Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery declined and said we can call him "The Show".
"I feel like every time I try to catch the ball and make a play, I try to put on a show, so that's what I would call myself,"
I like it.
First off, WCG readers have already dubbed Charles Tillman "Optimus Prime" because he rises to the challenge of battling Johnson when the Bears take on the Detroit Lions. And our own Photoshop guru David Taylor has given the two the OSS treatment, so that nickname was long off the table anyway.
But calling Jeffery "The Show" will work just fine. It has a nice ring to it don't you think?
The Bears have a legit #1A and #1B at wide out with Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. The two combined for 189 catches, 2,716 yards, 19 touchdowns and countless play springing blocks. The Bears' dynamic duo were the best wide out tandem last year, and Jeffery plans on he and Marshall continuing the trend.
"I'm not the type of person that brags a lot about anything, but I feel that last year, what we did, we were at the top of the list as the two best receivers," Jeffery said. "But that was last year. This year we have to set our goal and try our best to do the same thing we did last year, if not better."
Whether you peg "The Show" as A or "Machine" Marshall as A, it really doesn't matter because defenders will have their hands full trying to match up with the pair in year two of the Marc Trestman offense.
These two, along with Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Jay Cutler, an improving offensive line, as well as young skill players fighting for playing time, will make the offense one of the best in 2014 and beyond.
We can't expect a similar jump in Jeffery's play from year two to year three, because that would be astronomical, but we can expect him to keep improving.
"In my second year, I understood it a lot more and the game, it slowed down for me," he says. "I don't think it's a challenge or anything," Jeffery said. "I feel with the hard work I put in, the results you'll see will show for itself."
Now if we can only get the powers to be on the Bears and at Soldier Field to play a snippet of the following song after every Alshon Jeffery big play...
What are your thoughts on Jeffery in 2014 and beyond, and what do you think about his nickname?