The most commonly used nickname for Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will likely always be Honey Badger.
It’s the nickname his teammates gave him early on this season, and the YouTube videos that have popularized the weasel-like creature as “the most fearless animal in the world” fits with Klein’s personality. Much like how the Honey Badger wreaks havoc on whatever prey it encounters (even cobras in a tree), Collin Klein, as the narrator says, “Don’t care … he just takes what he wants.”
But we suddenly have a new contender in the nickname department: Optimus Klein.
The nickname, which plays off the beloved fictional leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, popped up earlier this week on twitter and has gained a bit of momentum from fans since. A reader suggested yesterday Optimus Klein would look good on a T-shirt, and a fan sent in a humorous Optimus Klein question to ESPN’s Big 12 Mailbag as well. So it’s out there. (more…)