Sport: Basketball (NBA)
Years active: 1975-2000
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (1975-82), New Jersey Nets (1982-87), Utah Jazz (1987), Detroit Pistons (1987-89), Auxilium Torino (1989-91), Olimpia Philips Milano (1991-92), Libertas Forli (1992-94), Harlem Globetrotters (1994-95), Sioux Falls Skyforce (1995-96), Winnipeg Cyclone (1999-2000)
Famous words: "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam-Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam." — Darryl Dawkins naming one of his backboard-breaking dunks in 1979
Bottom line: NBA big man Darryl Dawkins was a character for the ages, and his larger-than-life persona got a boost when musician Stevie Wonder nicknamed him "Chocolate Thunder" for his ferocious play.
Dawkins gave his dunks wild, weird nicknames and also claimed to live on "Planet Lovetron" to practice "interplanetary funkmanship" for part of his offseason training before each season.
Dawkins died in 2015 of a massive heart attack at 58 years old.