Joe Burrow’s nicknames, explained: From ‘Joey Franchise’ to ‘Joe Shiesty,’ all of Bengals’ QB’s monikers

From “Joey B” to “Joe Shiesty,” Joe Burrow is making a name for himself.

The Bengals quarterback made a big comeback from a knee injury, helping Cincinnati to its first playoff win in three decades in the wild-card round over the Raiders.

Burrow has been a big part of that: In just his second season, Burrow threw for 4,711 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 17 games. His success, of course, has led to a ton of nicknames for Burrow.

Burrow is not lacking in talent, and he is not lacking in nicknames either. Though he’s only been in the football spotlight for the best part of three years, fans and teammates have given him all sorts of nicknames that aptly convey the quarterback attitude.

This is what they are:

Joe Shiesty Nickname Meaning

The name was given to him by TikTok-er Traphouse Sports: in one of his viral TikToks, the person behind the tally anointed him as “Joe Shiesty” and later, “Joe Brrr”, with Rs.

(Editor’s note: Video contains NSFW language.)

While there is no actual origin story for him, the nickname is likely a play on rapper Pooh Shiesty, while the “Brrr” comes from the rapper’s use of improvisation in his music.

The ever-accredited Urban Dictionary defines “shy” as follows:

Shyness generally refers to a greedy and/or inconsiderate action. When someone is shy, it means that they don’t think about others and do things that help them, even if they know it hurts someone else anyway.

That fits pretty well, when you put into context how inconsiderate Burrow is to opposing defenses.

Nicknames became popular late in the season: The Bengals’ official TikTok account even used the nicknames Shiesty and Brrrr in some videos and captions:

Nicknames for Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow has nearly as many nicknames as he has touchdown passes in his young career. Here is a summary of some of the most popular:

Named for his position as franchise quarterback for the Bengals.

Following the Bengals’ win over the Chiefs in Week 17, a video of Burrow smoking a cigar surfaced in the Bengals’ locker room with the caption “Jackpot Joey”. Burrow should probably work on his dance moves.

Nickname given to him by TikTok-er Traphouse Sports, as listed above.

For his propensity to remain cool under pressure. (Rightfully stolen from Joe Flacco.)

For his apparent love of a good victory cigar. However, this one is taken.

Another nickname given to him by Traphouse Sports, similar to Joe Shiesty.

Capitalizing on the popularity of the hit Netflix series and the fact that he plays for the Bengals.

This one is self explanatory. Thankfully.