Monday, March 3, 2014

The Best Athlete to Wear Every Number

The number that an athlete wears on the back of their jersey seems like it would be just that - a number. But it is so much more than that. Some athletes wear numbers to pay tribute to other athletes, some to honor family members, and some because they have a chip on the shoulder that doesn't have a handgun holstered to it.

Still not as good as Shawn Marion
Whatever the reason, athletes become attached to their numbers. There are tons of stories of players moving to a new team and paying the current wearer of the number an outrageous sum for their coveted digits. Shit, Giants punter Jeff Feagles sold his number 10 to Eli Manning for a vacation in Florida, then sold his new number 17 to Plaxico Burress for an outdoor kitchen at his Arizona home!

Obviously, numbers are a big deal. And there are a hundred and one of them in sports, starting with 00 and ending with 99.

Want to know who was the best to ever wear a certain number? Scroll down.

00 - Robert Parish
0 - Shawn Marion
  1. Ozzie Smith
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Babe Ruth
  4. Bobby Orr
  5. Joe Dimaggio
  6. Bill Russell
  7. John Elway
  8. Cal Ripken Jr
  9. Ted Williams
  10. (Tie) Pele and Diego Maradona
  11. Mark Messier
  12. Tom Brady
  13. Wilt Chamberlain
  14. Pete Rose
  15. Bart Starr
  16. Joe Montana
  17. John Havlicek
  18. Peyton Manning
  19. Johnny Unitas
  20. Barry Sanders
  21. Roberto Clemente
  22. Emmitt Smith
  23. Michael Jordan
  24. Willie Mays
  25. Barry Bonds
  26. Wade Boggs
  27. Carlton Fisk
  28. Marshall Faulk
  29. Satchel Paige
  30. Martin Brodeur
  31. Greg Maddux
  32. Magic Johnson
  33. Larry Bird
  34. Bo Jackson
  35. Kevin Durant
  36. Jerome Bettis
  37. Shawn Alexander
  38. Curt Schilling
  39. Dominic Hasek
  40. Gale Sayers
  41. Tom Seaver
  42. Jackie Robinson
  43. Dennis Eckersley
  44. Hank Aaron
  45. Pedro Martinez
  46. Andy Pettitte
  47. Tom Glavine
  48. Daryl "Moose" Johnston
  49. Ron Guidry
  50. Mike Singletary
  51. Dick Butkus
  52. Ray Lewis
  53. Don Drysdale
  54. Tedy Bruschi
  55. Junior Seau
  56. Lawrence Taylor
  57. Francisco Rodriguez
  58. Jack Lambert
  59. Jack Ham
  60. Otto Graham
  61. Josh Beckett
  62. Jim Langer
  63. Gene Upshaw
  64. Jerry Kramer
  65. Elvin Bethea
  66. Mario Lemeiux
  67. Bob Keuchenberg
  68. Jaromir Jagr
  69. Mark Schlereth
  70. Sam Huff
  71. George Connor
  72. Carlton Fisk (yes, he is the only player on this list to appear twice). 
  73. John Hannah
  74. Merlin Olsen
  75. "Mean" Joe Green
  76. Steve Hutchinson
  77. Ray Borque
  78. Bruce Smith
  79. Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown
  80. Jerry Rice
  81. Dick "Night Train" Lane
  82. Raymond Berry
  83. Andre Reed
  84. Randy Moss
  85. Jack Youngblood
  86. Hines Ward
  87. Sidney Crosby
  88. Mario Lemieux
  89. Mike Ditka
  90. Neil Smith
  91. Sergei Fedorov
  92. Reggie White
  93. Doug Gilmour
  94. Charles Haley
  95. Richard Dent
  96. Cortez Kennedy
  97. Jeremy Roenick
  98. Tony Siragusa
  99. Wayne Gretzky

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