To excel is to do very well in something, well above average. It
comes from excellent. Experts in things excel in their areas of
work. The top athletes excel in their sport. Excel is also the name
of the most popular spreadsheet program. It is made by
There were two players with that distinction. Pittsburgh
Steelers center Mike Webster was given that nickname. He
played for the Steelers from 1974-1988. Also former player and head
coach Mike Ditka was known as Iron Mike.