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You may know your favorite Illini athletes by another name.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 Nebraska at Illinois Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Like millions of other TV viewers the past month I have been fascinated and enthralled by The Last Dance. Seriously...how many kids growing up in Illinois didn’t idolize the ‘90s Bulls and M.J.? Sure, his name is MICHAEL JORDAN. That’s unmistakable. But you probably referred to him as “His Airness,” “M.J.,” or simply “Michael.”

Magic, Shaq, Tiger, A.I., A-Rod, RG3, CP3, Sweetness, Babe, The Big Unit, The Greek Freak. These are just a few more of the most memorable and iconic nicknames in all of sports.

How do you remember some of your favorite Fighting Illini?

Here’s what you had to say:

“Daniel Brown” just doesn’t have the same sizzle, does it?

Regus? Rejus? Regis?

If only Illinois had an Isaiah Williams at quarterback right now...

Mr. Hoomanawanui for the win...

Got any more favorite Illini nicknames? Comment below.