LISTING OF PRIMARY NUMBERS IN CAPS; Secondary Numbers in lower case. The eight-time first-team All-Pro averaged 5.2 yards per carry and still ranks ninth in NFL history with 12,312 rushing yards and fifth all-time with 106 rushing touchdowns. The last of the original Raiders, Otto participated in nine AFL All-Star Games and in the first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. Yes, the Packers dynasty was built around a strong ground game, but Starr was far more than a game manager. His 53 takeaways (32 interceptions, 21 fumble recoveries) are the most by a non-defensive back. A 10-time Pro Bowler, Greene finished with 78.5 career sacks. At the start of the season, Naby Keita inherited Gerrard’s old number – but he’s done nowhere near enough to live up to the iconic shirt. The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champ was punishing and relentless with the football and was arguably the best fullback in NFL history, posting three straight 1,000-yard seasons, remarkable for his position. Â, The Dutchman still holds the single-game record for passing yards (554), but he was far from a one-hit wonder. Lawrence Taylor made the headlines, but Carson was the rock at middle linebacker for the great Giants defenses of the 1980s. var dfpMoreSlots = []; A 13-time Pro Bowler and 10-time first-team All-Pro, White was also a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1987, ’98). Dierdorf was a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro, and he was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s. Only some puzzling postseason struggles prevent Peyton from being a slam-dunk choice as the greatest quarterback in history (although he did win two Super Bowl rings). We present them here for purely educational purposes. In 2004, John Madden referred to Jones as the best player in the NFL. The Grambling product was a Chiefs legend and one of the greatest players in AFL history. Number Two: Cafu, Gary Neville. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Don't Edit. A six-time All-Pro, Randle finished his Hall of Fame career with 137.5 sacks, a remarkable number for an interior lineman. Which player represents his number best? He’s currently the NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. He’s one of only two players to score rushing touchdowns in four different Super Bowls (along with Thurman Thomas).Â, Young excelled in one of the most unenviable tasks in sports — replacing a legend, in this case Joe Montana. He was the second-fastest to 100 sacks, behind only Reggie White. Lionel Messi has made history wearing no.10 for Barcelona, while Cristiano Ronaldo is often referred to by his legions of fans as ‘CR7’ – wearing the number for Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. A 10-time All-Pro selection, Bednarik knocked Giants running back Frank Gifford out of football for 18 months with one of the most famous tackles in NFL history. He earned MVP honors for the 1962 NFL Championship game after two fumble recoveries. The major purpose of a jersey number is to differentiate the players on the pitch. For his career, Lott had 63 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and 17 fumble recoveries. Carson led the Giants in tackles in five seasons and was a team captain in 10. A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1990, ’96), Smith made 11 Pro Bowls and was a nine-time first-team All-Pro selection. Aside from Warren Moon, No. Despite playing on mostly losing teams, Butkus was perhaps the most feared player in NFL history due to his matchless intensity and aggression. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. The six-time Pro Bowler went on to head the NFL Players Association. The Hall of Famer had 668 tackles in 167 games with Seattle. He rushed for a career-best 1,117 yards for the undefeated 1972 Dolphins. Â, Arguably the greatest cover corner in history, Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowler who recorded 53 interceptions (nine of them returned for scores) despite rarely being challenged by opposing quarterbacks. McDonald excelled for two franchises, making three Pro Bowls as a Cardinal and three as a 49er. window.attachEvent('onload', function () { 23 the greatest NBA player of all time? He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro, earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1999. Dickerson took the NFL by storm, setting rookie records for rushing attempts (390), yards (1,808) and touchdowns (18). Being a committed tackler is one of the strengths you need to be a central defender. Fouts was the first player in history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Rice had five tackles and two sacks in Tampa Bay’s win in Super Bowl XXXVII after posting 15.5 sacks for the 2002 season, including 11 in a five-game span. Atwater is one of the more glaring current omissions from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Matty Ice is the biggest star at a little-used number. Brady has won 77.1 percent of his career regular-season starts; has won a record 22 playoff games, including a record-tying four Super Bowls; and is in the top five in virtually every meaningful passing category. The 1977 Heisman Trophy winner earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors on his way to a decorated career that included eight 1,000-yard seasons. He finished with 57 career interceptions.Â, Moose may seem to be an unlikely choice here, but he’s primarily responsible for the existence of a fullback position in the Pro Bowl (and frankly, there aren’t many options at this number). Number Three: Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Ashley Cole Shields never missed a game in 14 seasons for the Chiefs and failed to start only one — the first game of his rookie season. 4. * DFP requires multiple purposes listed below: One of the greatest centers of all time, Langer became the starter during the Dolphins’ undefeated 1972 season and was All-Pro four seasons in a row (1974-77). * Vikings coach Bud Grant called him the greatest player he ever coached.   Â, Dierdorf is known by today’s fans as a broadcaster, but he had a stellar 13-year career as one of the NFL’s best offensive tackles. In 191 career games, the reliable McDonald posted 1,263 tackles, 40 interceptions and 16 fumble recoveries. * [ But who are the best players to don each squad number in football? One of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history, Allen finished his 12-year career with 136 quarterback sacks and set an NFL record with 11 consecutive games with at least one sack. 16) and Paul Scholes (No. He is a nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro.Â. Wayne caught 67 touchdown passes from Manning (second only to Marvin Harrison’s 113). Rivers is underappreciated in his own time, laboring in a relatively small market for a mediocre franchise. That’s right — Otto was named All-AFL in all 10 years of the league’s existence. Have you ever wondered why certain famous players wore the numbers they did? He was also one of football’s greatest leaders, serving as a team captain for the last 13 seasons of his career. He also won a Super Bowl ring in San Francisco. With Fouts at the helm, Air Coryell, the innovative passing offense of coach Don Coryell, truly took flight. Rogers rushed for 7,176 yards with 54 touchdowns in seven seasons, retiring following the Redskins’ win in Super Bowl XXII.Â. Mean Joe was the cornerstone of the Steel Curtain defenses of the 1970s and was one of the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history. /** Sanders — like Jim Brown before him — enhanced his legend by retiring at the peak of his powers. Ham was on four Super Bowl-winning teams in his 12-year career. He holds the NFL record for games played by a lineman with 296. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.Â, A nine-time Pro Bowler (and a five-time Grey Cup champion in his six seasons in Canada), Moon threw for 70,553 yards and 435 TDs in 23 seasons as a professional QB. Payton finished with 16,726 rushing yards, second all-time, and 125 total touchdowns.Â. The reliable, durable, versatile Hall of Famer started 202 consecutive games for the Vikings and also started 12 consecutive Pro Bowls. Andres Guardado (Mexico): Well known for long range shots, dribbling, agility, and pace. Youngblood was credited with 151.5 career sacks, was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1975 and ’76. This has been worn by Dennis Bergkamp, meaning Ozil has big shoes to fill after a rather mixed Gunners career to date. } else if (document.attachEvent) { He blocked for three straight NFL MVPs (the aforementioned Warner and Faulk). The late, great Minister of Defense set the standard for NFL defensive linemen. Van Brocklin led the NFL in yards per attempt four times in a five-year period, and his 10.1 YPA in 1954 is the fourth-best figure in NFL history. * 'storage': 1, */ From the legendary number ten shirt of Diego Maradona to the iconic number three shirt of Paolo Maldini, here are some of the most famous shirt numbers and the players who made them famous. The Hall of Famer then embarked on a successful front-office career with the Browns and Ravens.Â. In a sterling 12-year NFL career, Rice recorded 122 sacks, forced 25 fumbles, recovered eight fumbles and intercepted five passes. He posted 52 career interceptions and forced 25 fumbles, and he was selected to 12 Pro Bowls in his career, the most ever for a cornerback. Childress had 13 multi-sack games in his career, and he shares the NFL record for fumble recoveries in a single game with three.Â. Other stars to wear this famous jersey number include current NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Montreal Canadiens superstars Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, and NBA superstar John Stockton. USA Today published a list Monday of "greatest NFL players by uniform number," penned by Jim Reineking, and there are Packers connections aplenty.. Heck, even if … ... honors Jackie Robinson as all uniformed players and coaches wear the number 42. He was first-team All-Pro every season from 1977-85 and finished with 111 career sacks. But he was also a prolific passer, piling up 47,003 yards (a record at his retirement) and leading the league in completions in three of his last four seasons. … Michael Ballack wore number 13 for his entire career except in Kaiserslautern. Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, became a Liverpool icon in the no.8 jersey during a glittering career that saw him win the Champions League in 2005 among his many other honours. Bailey spent his 15-year career taking away one side of the field from opposing quarterbacks. He is now the defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills.Â, One of history’s greatest cornerbacks, Blount blanketed half the field for the Steel Curtain defense for 14 seasons, earning All-Pro recognition six times and gaining a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Jersey numbers are oftentimes an afterthought, arbitrarily handed out to a player with little rhyme or reason. Get NFL player stats, breaking news and analysis. The numbers boggle the mind: 1,549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yards, 197 receiving touchdowns, 208 total touchdowns, 23,546 all-purpose yards — these are only a few of the 100-plus NFL records held by the GOAT. He topped himself the following season with 2,105 rushing yards, an NFL record that still stands. He led the NFL in sacks in 1997 with 15.5.Â, Ware has been among the most dominant and disruptive defenders in the game for more than a decade. >   Â. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. A member of the Giants’ Ring of Honor, Armstead finished his career with 967 tackles, 40 sacks and 12 interceptions. Wayne’s tenure in Indy overlapped with Peyton Manning’s, resulting in some huge numbers for the former Miami Hurricane. He holds an unbreakable record with his 99-yard touchdown jaunt on Monday Night Football in 1982. The 1990 Offensive Player of the Year was the first African-American quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Â. Faulk established the blueprint for dual-threat running backs, amassing 19,154 yards from scrimmage and 136 touchdowns. He was co-MVP (with Harvey Martin) of Super Bowl XII. * 'personalization': 2, The game’s ultimate gunslinger, Favre rewrote the NFL record book during 20 remarkable seasons under center. Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and made 11 Pro Bowls. Moss may be the most talented receiver in history. Hornung scored 176 points in only 12 games in 1960 (15 TDs, 15 FG, 41 XP), setting a record that stood until LaDainian Tomlinson broke it in a 16-game season in 2006.Â, Not exactly an embarrassment of riches at No. One of the game’s great sackmasters, Greene retired following a 12-sack season in 1999, finishing his Hall of Fame career with 160 sacks, third all time behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White. Sanders also excelled as a return man with nine career TDs via kick or punt return. Buchanan was a key factor in Kansas City’s 23–7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV, dominating All-Pro center Mick Tingelhoff. Related quizzes can be found here: NFL Names & Numbers Quizzes Young picked up where Joe Cool left off in San Francisco, earning two MVP awards, winning a record six NFL passer rating titles and leading San Francisco to victory in Super Bowl XXIX, in which he threw a record six touchdown passes.Â, Hall of Famer Jurgensen barely nudges out future Hall of Famer Drew Brees on the strength of these comments from Vince Lombardi: “He may be the best the league has ever seen. Taylor made first-team All-Pro every season from 1981-90, was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was NFL MVP in the Super Bowl season of 1986.Â. He was also one of the NFL’s true good guys, winning the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award in 1999. Concrete Charlie was the last full-time two-way player in the NFL, missing only three games in his 14 seasons as a rock at linebacker and center for the Eagles. And is No. Paul Scholes: famous for playing for only one club: Manchester United, with over 600 total appearances made. Through Week 9 of the 2016 season, Ware has 136.5 career sacks, 35 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and three touchdowns. He also intercepted 23 passes and finished his career with 1,020 tackles. Some are known for the number, others are known for the players who have worn them. Sayers, who led the NFL in TDs as a rookie with 22, was first-team All-Pro in each of the five full seasons of his career (1965-69) and led the NFL in rushing in 1966 and ’69. He had double-digit sacks in six different seasons and led the NFL in fumble recoveries in 1990 and 1991. In Super Bowl IX, Greene became the first player ever to record an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in a single Super Bowl. The six-time Pro Bowler finished with 1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns.Â. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. attachDfpMoreSlotEvent(jQuery); if (document.addEventListener) { He was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1976. Nagurski came straight out of central casting for the nascent NFL, combining size, determination and toughness into one terrifying package. The man they called Nasty made 11 Pro Bowls in his 13-year career and was on the NFL’s All-Decade Team for both the 1990s and 2000s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. He’s led the Falcons to the playoffs four times in his eight seasons and guided Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game in 2012. Upshaw and tackle Art Shell formed a legendary left side of a dominant offensive line. A 10-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler, Seau was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s, although he had many productive seasons in the 2000s as well. Page was one of the greatest defensive linemen ever to play the game. } A mainstay at guard on some great Raiders teams, Upshaw is the only player in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl in three different decades for the same franchise. He holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record (23 in 2007), the single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17 in 1998), and is second on the NFL all-time regular season touchdown reception list with 156.Â. Discover NFL players past & present. Vincent was a five-time Pro Bowler who compiled 47 career interceptions. The following is a list of notable past or present players of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team. Thierry Henry wore No. He had 27 receptions in Super Bowls, second only to Jerry Rice’s 33. One of history’s greatest tight ends, Iron Mike was a five-time first-team All-Pro who finished with 427 receptions for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns. Which players have one worn The Most Unusual Jersey Numbers In Football History? Â. This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Seau’s suicide at age 43 has brought much attention to the problem of chronic brain injuries among former football players.Â, One of the greatest players in history, LT made his reputation as a fearsome pass rusher from his outside linebacker position, finishing his career with 132.5 sacks. The 1980 Heisman winner proved himself at the next level with a 1,674-yard rookie season for the Saints. The future Hall of Famer has been one of the elite defensive players of the 2000s. The number 45 has been worn by … Hull began his career with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, blocking for Herschel Walker for three record-setting seasons. Chris Burke names the top player … The talented Miami Hurricane had a great career with the Giants, earning five consecutive Pro Bowls (1997-2001). Players like Roberto Carlos typify the role of the modern wing-back. Matthews made 14 Pro Bowls, tying an NFL record held by another legend to wear No. Oh, and there’s that 9–1 postseason record, with five NFL championships in six years.Â, Another candidate for greatest of all time, Joe Cool came to epitomize the quarterback position as the league became entrenched as the most popular sport in the country. The outspoken Sapp backed up his boasts throughout a stellar 13-year career. A 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Williams was an eight-time Pro Bowler who finished with 795 tackles, 55 interceptions and nine touchdowns. He recovered two, Singletary’s predecessor as the embodiment of the Monsters of the Midway, Butkus made eight Pro Bowls in his nine-season career. We delve deep into the NFL archives for the greatest No. Sadly, Marshall is remembered for running the wrong way with a fumble, resulting in a safety, but he was one of the greatest players in Vikings history. Jackson was a Saints legend who made six Pro Bowls during his 13 seasons in New Orleans and left with a number of club records. element(); With the Bucs, he even became the oldest player to score his first touchdown reception, at 36 years, 282 days. He also shares the NFL record with four career safeties.Â. Lambert was the heart of the Steel Curtain defenses of the Pittsburgh dynasty of the late 1970s. During a career that produced 83 receiving and rushing scores, Mitchell had a 99-yard TD reception and a 90-yard TD run.Â, The heart and soul (and the eyes) of the legendary Bears defenses of the 1980s, Singletary was an eight-time first-team All-Pro and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1985, ’88). His 198 sacks are second all time, and his nine consecutive seasons with at least 10 sacks are an NFL record. The seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro was an offensive line stalwart for two different franchises, helping the Broncos to their first Super Bowl win in the last season of his career in a game in which the Broncos rushed for 179 yards. If we would have had Sonny Jurgensen in Green Bay, we’d have never lost a game.” Jurgensen’s career passer rating (82.6) was among the best of the league’s “deadball” era (pre-1978).Â, Fran the Man was known for his scrambling, and he did amass 3,674 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 675 carries. The Tez was an eight-time Pro Bowler who had one of the great seasons by a defensive tackle in 1992 for the 2–14 Seahawks, posting 14 sacks and earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. Davis presents a difficult conundrum for Hall of Fame voters: He had a brilliant career, but it was extremely short —basically four full seasons followed by three injury-shortened ones, leaving him 55th all time in rushing yards. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 11,352 rushing yards and 104 rushing TDs. This NFL Hall of Famer was no less important to the Greatest Show on Turf than Kurt Warner or Marshall Faulk. We run down the best of the best, from 00-99. 1 - … Lott was known for his thunderous hits but also led the NFL in interceptions twice (1986, ’91). The gifted, instinctive Ham was one of the greatest big-play linebackers of all time. Pace made seven consecutive Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. Dickerson, who led the NFL in rushing four times, finished with 13,259 career yards and 96 total touchdowns. Unitas wasn’t the most physically gifted quarterback, but he was incomparably tough and competitive, as he displayed in the Colts’ 23–17 win over the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship, aka the Greatest Game Ever Played. Â. Arguably the greatest football player in history, Brown led the league in rushing eight times in his brilliant nine-season career, retiring while still in his prime to pursue an acting career. Montana led the NFL in completion percentage five times and won four Super Bowls, posting an 11-to-0 TD-to-interception ratio in the big game.Â.   Â, Newsome set a standard of durability and excellence for tight ends that still stands. The anchor of some imposing Tampa Bay defenses, Sapp finished with 96.5 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries and four interceptions.Â, College Football Bowl Projections for 2020-21, NFL Predictions: Week 14 Picks for Every Game, Athlon Sports' College Basketball Top 25 for 2020-21, Athlon Sports' 2020-21 NCAA Tournament Projections, Athlon Sports 2020-21 Preseason All-America Team, March Madness: 2021 Dates for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, How to Watch and Live Stream NASCAR Online (some for free), 75 Funny Fantasy NASCAR Team Names for 2020, 25 Greatest Wide Receivers in NFL History, Greatest NFL Player at Every Jersey Number, 00 to 99. Search our extensive list of all NFL players. 7. Football is a team sport that involves kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. Arguably the most famous player to wear number 12 is Joe Namath, the legendary football star who predicted his Jets' Super Bowl win over the favored Baltimore Colts. The versatile Johnston had more career receptions (294) than carries (232). A sledgehammer at the safety position, Lott was a 10-time  Pro Bowler, eight-time first-team All-Pro and four-time Super Bowl winner. Another big change before the start of the season was Mesut Ozil being given Arsenal’s iconic no.10 following Jack Wilshere’s exit. Lewis’ legacy is tarnished by his involvement in an incident that resulted in the murders of two men, but he became something of an elder statesman and spiritual leader late in his career. The Manster began his career as a backup linebacker, but after moving to defensive tackle, he blossomed into one of the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history. Â, Shell was a rock at the back end of the fabled Steel Curtain defense. Players who have worn the number 44 include Heath Evans, Leory Kelly and John Riggins. He was also the NFL’s original iron man, playing in 282 consecutive games. 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