SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Football teams often get nicknames when they are successful and often it's because of the defense. The great Pittsburgh Steelers teams had the "Steel Curtain," the Chicago Bears are frequently called the "Monsters of the Midway," the Minnesota Vikings were called the "Purple People Eaters," and the Miami Dolphins team that went 17-0 might have had one of more unique nicknames, the "No-Name Defense." In 2020 the 49ers have the "Hot Boyzz." So where did this name come from? It dates back to the late 1990s and the rap group Hot Boys which featured Lil Wayne. Linebacker Kwon Alexander is the creative force behind it and uses the phrase "the block is hot" to pair with the nickname.
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