- Charles Albert "Chief" Bender
- John R. "Chief" Bender
- Moses J. "Chief" Yellow Horse
- Louis Francis "Chief" Sockalexis
- John "Chief" Chavis
- George "Chief" Armstrong
- Allie "Superchief" Reynolds
- "Chief" Lone Bear
- Chief Williams / Chief Will / P Will / Chieeef!
However, use of the "Chief" nickname is not necessarily limited to indigenous sportsmen.
Kansas City mayor (1952–1960) H. Roe Bartle began his career as a Professional Boy Scout Executive, whereupon he founded an honor camping society (Mic-O-Say) for the Boy Scouts in the St Joseph, MO and Kansas City, MO Boy Scout Councils. As founder of Mic-O-Say and "Chief" (Lone Bear,as he was known in Mic-O-Say circles), Bartle was instrumental in bringing the AFL Dallas Texans to Kansas City, MO in 1963. The transplanted AFL franchise was renamed the "Chiefs" in his honor.
Basketball Hall of Famer Robert Parish, an African American, was nicknamed "The Chief", after Chief Bromden, a Native American character in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and its film adaptation who pretended to be deaf and mute. Parish was originally given the nickname by Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell because of his stoic nature.
Read more about this topic: List Of Sports Team Names And Mascots Derived From Indigenous Peoples
Famous quotes containing the words nickname and/or chief:
“A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.”
—William Hazlitt (17781830)
“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, What will you give me if I betray him to you? They paid him thirty pieces of silver.”
—Bible: New Testament, Matthew 26:14 ,15.