Josh Norman is a character.
The recently signed All-Pro cornerback is the latest in a long line of brash cornerbacks who backs up the talk with plenty of walk.
In advance of his first season as the member of the Redskins, Norman added an new layer to his already charismatic persona: A new nickname.
"The Rogue Savage."
“I’m like a rogue savage out there, so I’m playing ball at the highest level of speed,” Norman told ESPN 980 recently, first transcribed by The Washington Post.
When asked to clarify on the terminology, Norman went into brief albeit explicit detail.
"It means I can be whatever I want to be," Norman said. "I can be free. I want to play the game ruthless and violent. If you think about a savage; that's pretty much where I'm at."
Now, this isn't Norman's first nickname.
Last year, during the build up to Super Bowl 50, Norman could be seen donning a teal and black 'luchador mask,' a staple of Mexican professional wrestling.
The Spanish announcers who covered the Panthers referred to Norman as "El Bandolero," which is a pretty tremendous nickname to have.
"Rogue Savage" isn't bad either, but there is one major problem with it.
Everyone knows you cannot — under any circumstances — give yourself a nickname.
It's one of society's most established and most revered unwritten rules.
A nickname can only be bequeathed by one's peers.
Self-given nicknames rarely stick.
Kobe Bryant and Clinton Portis — who gave himself an abundance of unique and ridiculous nicknames — are the two rare exceptions.
Norman is appreciative of the freedom provided by the Redskins' defensive scheme. He will be put in position to do what he does best: Make plays.
But when it comes to coming up with a nickname, perhaps he should let someone else make the play.