How Giants quarterback Daniel Jones got his ‘Danny Dimes’ nickname

Giants fans gave Daniel Jones a nickname very early, and now they’re just hoping he lives up to it.

Solid preseason play from Jones in 2019 prompted the organic growth of Jones’ most well-known nickname, “Danny Dimes,” ahead of his rookie NFL season. For the uninitiated, “throwing a dime” means to throw a perfect pass. Jones did a lot of that in the preseason, but in his first season-plus as the Giants’ starter, it’s been a little bit hit or miss. At least he’s got a cool nickname to go with his occasionally errant passes.

“It’s all right, I guess,” Jones told reporters in 2019. “There could be worse nicknames.”

Sadly, “Danny Dimes” doesn’t have a crazy origin story. It truly was just a social media birthing that grew into an easy-on-the-tongue way to refer to Jones. 

Let’s look at what “Danny Dimes” has going for it: 

The list against “Danny Dimes” is shorter:

When compared with Jones’ nicknames earlier in his life, “Danny Dimes” is winning. In high school at Charlotte Latin in North Carolina, Jones was known as “Swag.” Then at Duke, they called him “The Future.”

Jones even filed a trademark for the nickname last year. Entering Week 7 of the 2020 season, Jones is a career 61.7 percent passer, throwing the occasional dime, to be sure. He’s thrown 18 interceptions in 18 career starts, though, so it’s probably best if he stops throwing dimes right to the other team.

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