Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers eludes tackle by Jimmy Warren of the Oakland Raiders on a 42-yard run to score the winning touchdown in the American Conference playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1972. Chicago Bears defensive lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry spikes the ball after being brought into the game to score on a 1-yard run in the third quarter of Super Bowl XX in New Orleans, Jan. 26, 1986. 7s in NFL history: John Elway, Michael Vick, Boomer Esiason, Joe Theismann, Ron Jaworski. To celebrate the NFL's 100 anniversary season, here are the best players at 100 different uniform numbers. (Photo: GEORGE NIKITIN, Associated Press), 1919 Photograph of the first season of the Green Bay Packers.Top Row: From left-Herb Nichols, Sam Powers, Jimmy Coffeen, Martin Zoll, Alvin Martin, Charlie Sauber, Herman Martell, Wesley Leaper, Wally Ladrow, John DesJardien, Carl Zoll, Andy Muldoon, Gus Rosenow, Al Petcka, George Calhoun. Manning — the only quarterback to lead two different teams to Super Bowl wins — holds the records for most passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) in a single season. Kennedy earned defensive player of the year honors while on a Seahawks team that won four games in 1992. 99, present epic competitions.Â Others used to have few viable contenders until players started wearing non-traditional numbers for their positions. The "Moose" helped pave the way for the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith. The last of the original Raiders, Otto participated in nine AFL All-Star Games and in the first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. We will be continually updating this page as we launch new reviews. Lewis was the MVP in the Ravens' win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. One of the top safeties of his era, Polamalu was named to the NFL's 2000s all-decade team. Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas makes a pass reception and fights off Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers to go 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown on the first play of overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Jan. 8, 2012. Site Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, â¦ The Lions won three NFL titles in the 1950s, and Walker was a major contributor on two of those title-winning teams. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. "Revis Island" was not a desirable destination for opposing receivers. Teams: Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, eight-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: John Henry Johnson, Pete Pihos. Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway prepares to send the ball downfield en route to a 23-20 overtime victory in the 1986 AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. Career accolades: Three-time NFL defensive player of the year, Also considered: Warren Sapp, Jason Taylor. Snell rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' stunning upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson is lifted into the air by his teammates after scoring his 3rd touchdown of the game and his 30th of the season. The best players of the Super Bowl era by uniform number: Nos. Namath is trying the double-breasted overcoat at Hofstra College in Hempstead, N.Y. where the Jets football team is practicing. Teams: San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Career accolades: Super Bowl champion, two-time NFL offensive player of the year. A vital cog in Vince Lombardi's famed sweep play, Kramer also made one of the most famous blocks in league history, paving the way for Bart Starr's winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl. Career accolades: Super Bowl champion, three-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Alvin Kamara, Eugene Robinson. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Blount — the first cornerback to be named defensive player of the year — was the premier shutdown corner of his era. This soon will be a lucky number in the Hall of Fame. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers. Those numbers represent them as much as their last names do, and players are associated with them forever. Barry Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Cleveland Rams players are seen at the Polo Grounds in New York, Nov. 13, 1941. Allen scored two touchdowns in the game and was named Most Valuable Player in the Raiders' 38-9 win. An elite defender, Huff emerged as an on- and off-field star in New York and appeared on the cover of "Time" magazine, a big deal for a pro football player at that time. Luckman's 19-yard touchdown run in the final quarter broke a 14-14 tie. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, two-time NFL defensive player of the year, Also considered: Tony Gonzalez, John Mackey, Lynn Swann. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl champion, nine-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Mick Tingelhoff, Randy Gradishar. What's in a number? Struggling to name out the players witâ¦ The sure-handed Biletnikoff was game MVP in the Raiders' triumph in Super Bowl XI. No one will ever wear this number as well as LT did, but Indyis where itâs at now. The first-rounder still has a lot of room to improve. Jim Brown, running back for the Cleveland Browns, is shown in action against the New York Giants in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 14, 1965. Covering Mandich are Redskins Harold McLinton (53) and Brig Owens (23). Itâs about time the fullbacks got some love again. Shula was an NFL head coach for 33 years and won a record 347 games. Moss led the league in touchdown receptions five times in his career, including a record-setting 23 TD catches in 2007. Top NFL players by jersey number: Kyler Murray leads 1-99 ranking for 2020 season, nine Ravens make list A rundown of every digit -- and the best players currently wearing them Teams: Los Angeles/St. Won 1963 NFL championship with Bears, Super Bowl VI with Cowboys, and then coached the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. (Photo: GEORGE NIKITIN, Associated Press), Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, seven-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Doug Atkins, Torry Holt, Terrell Owens. San Francisco 49er fullback Joe Perry, right, shows quarterback Y. Elroy Hirsch, Los Angeles Rams' record smashing end, snares a pass from Bob Waterfield good for 73 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of Rams,Green Bay game in the Los Angeles Coliseum on Dec. 16, 1951. The 19,000-square-foot, two-building Pro Football Hall of Fame had more than 6,000 visitors during the first two weeks of its opening, shown Sept. 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio. "The Minister of Defense" was the NFL's first elite free agent, and his signing with the Packers was a watershed moment for pro football. Chances are good that many will consider the No. Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Tasker kisses his son Deacon,4, after the Bills lost to the Washington Redskins 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI Sunday, Jan. 26, 1992 in Minneapolis. Nitschke was the game MVP in the Packers' victory over the Giants in the 1962 NFL championship, a triumph that capped arguably the Packers' best season under Vince Lombardi. The Bears' signing of "The Galloping Ghost" helped vault pro football into national prominence. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, 11-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Bruce Smith, Bobby Bell, Art Shell. With Philip Rivers in decline, there was no choice but to go to the elite receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Michael Jackson performs during his halftime appearance at Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif on Jan. 31, 1993. Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre celebrating after throwing a touchdown pass to Andre Rison during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. Jacobs takesthis away from another talented young back, Joe Mixon. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, nine-time Pro Bowler. Conklin carries his heavy blocking weight from Nashville to Cleveland. Teams: Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, 12-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Steve Atwater, Eddie George. There are a lot of roman numerals in Run CMC, but heâs more the Greek god of this figure. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Heâs still Calais after all these years, and Baltimore also looks great on him. A different twist on the NFL Power Rankings 2019 as each jersey No, from 1-99 is ranked by the best player in the league to wear that number. Letâs hope he has at least 15 more years like 2018 and 2019. The best of Lamar Jacksonâs jukes, spins and stiff-arms I understand why Andrew Luck retired, because Iâve been in his shoes 10 unwritten rules to not screw up your NFL jersey number The New York Giants' Frank Gifford lies on field as play continues after he was knocked unconscious by the Philadelphia Eagles' Chuck Bednarik (60) as Gifford was carrying the ball in the fourth quarter of a game in 1960 at New York's Yankee Stadium. One of the most elusive runners ever, Sanders — a two-time NFL offensive player of the year — was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 NFL seasons. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes a hit from Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders on a pass attempt in the last two minutes of an AFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 19, 2002. New York Giants' center Mel Hein is seen Oct. 11, 1945, in New York. Rice's touchdown was the 127th of his career, breaking Jim Brown's mark. Phillyâs defensive line has strength in numbers, too. Teams: Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, 1990 NFL offensive player of the year, Moon's skill set was an ideal fit for the Oilers' run-and-shoot offense that lit up scoreboards in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Made 223 starts in 224 games — both Chiefs franchise records — over 14-year career. Haley won two Super Bowls with the 49ers and three more with the Cowboys, becoming the first player to win five Super Bowls (Tom Brady has since won six Super Bowls). Miami Dolphins Jim Mandich makes a diving catch of a 19-yard Bob Griese pass near the goal line during the second quarter, setting up the Dolphins second touchdown in Super Bowl VII, Jan. 14, 1973, in Los Angeles. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington Football Team. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. It ended with reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady being ranked #1, making him the only player to be voted #1 three times, already being the only player to be voted first more than once. When youâre 64, youâre needed to get Baker the ball. Langer played every down during the Dolphins' perfect 1972 season. With Malcolm Jenkins out of the league, White gets to take over this pristine number. Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry rides on the shoulders of his players after the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII, Jan. 15, 1978, in New Orleans. We spend 69 hours on researching and comparing 36 of popular models to determine the Best Nfl Player By Number 2020 you can buy. Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, 1986 NFL offensive player of the year. The Bears went on to win the NFL championship that season, the team's last title until it won Super Bowl XX. With Brandon Brooks not playing in Philly, it made sense to pick Stanley in Baltimore. In this Jan. 10, 1982, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Dwight Clark leaps high in the end zone to catch a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He remains Atlanta's favorite defensive number. NFL's greatest players ever by jersey number, NFL 100: Eye-catching images from 100 years of NFL action. We respect the heck out of Rams punter Johnny Hekker, but we still had to give six to Baker. Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi is carried off the field by team members, including guard Jerry Kramer, right, after the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami. With David Johnson out of the NFC West and Byron Jones switching humbers, it's time for some extra Mostert with all these flavors. He is a lot more expensive in that trey now than he used to be. Five times the departed Brady equals the guy who used to givehim the ball. Andrews closes this amazing run. Career accolades: Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler. Zimmerman's final NFL game was the Broncos' win over the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Tennessee Titan's Kevin Dyson tries to stretch across the goal line on the final play of the game but is stopped by the St. Louis Rams' Mike Jones during Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta on Jan. 30, 2000. Career accolades: Super Bowl champion, one-time Pro Bowler, Also considered: Jay Cutler, Johnny Hekker. Among the best No. Decker is one big dude (6-7) worthy of this big number in front of Matthew Stafford. Ferocious presence for the Steelers' "Steal Curtain" defense, Lambert was also a Pro Bowl selection in nine of his 11 NFL seasons. Cleveland won, 48-7, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 16, 1960. Can you Diggs that the new Seahawkis the new best here? Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl champion, 1976 NFL defensive player of the year. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. Once weâve tested a sufficient number weâll start to compile lists of the Top Rated Nfl Player By Number. The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett and Miami Dolphins' Bert Weidner reach for a ball after Lett slides into the ball following a blocked field goal attempt in the snow during the Thanksgiving Day game in Irving, Texas, on Nov. 25, 1993. SN names the best NFL player at each jersey number â 1 through 99 â for the 2020 season. Second team, same dominance, every week of every year. Woodson was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team while only midway through his playing career. Csonka rushed for a career-high 1,117 yards during the Dolphins' 17-0 1972 season. Wide receiver Butch Johnson (86) had a 45-yard fingertip catch for one of the Cowboys three touchdowns, while eight turnovers sealed the Broncos fate. His old-school blocking and receiving takes us back to the future. Watson gets the slight edge over that other big-time QB in Texas, Dak Prescott of Big D. Bridgewater went an appropriate5-0 as a Saint and now he's trying to bring five alive in Carolina. 199th overall selection in the 2000 NFL draft the greatest quarterback in league history. At left is Ray Pelfrey of the Packers. Mike Singletary was an intense presence for the Bears defense in the 1980s. Taylor remains the last defensive player to win the league's MVP award. Moon said he wore No. But Nelson had even worse luck. "Concrete Charlie" famously played both ways in the Eagles' triumph in the 1960 NFL championship game. "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh played a major role in the emergence of the passing game in the NFL. Teams: Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Pro Bowler. The people at Mitchell & Ness, who created a stunning best NBA player by number graphic in June, made another to honor NFL greats just in time for Week 1. Green Bay head football coach Vince Lombardi put on this face protector in Green Bay as he put his Packer squad through a workout in temperatures below zero on Dec. 28, 1961. Member of the Vikings' famed "Purple People Eaters," Page played in 238 consecutive games (including four Super Bowls). The Ravens won the game, 34-31. Taylor led NFL in rushing yards (1,474) in 1962, the only season that Jim Brown did not lead the league in rushing during his nine-year career. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will look to make an immediate impact in the NFL. The best players in the NFL show up for the biggest occasions, and that typifies what DeAndre Hopkins did this season. Simpson. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl champion, 1998 NFL MVP, Also considered: Bill Willis, Clarke Hinkle. The MVP is the new royalty in purple as the greatest eight of them all. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl champion, 1986 NFL MVP. He was an easy snap decision in front of Derek Carr. Share this article 230 shares share tweet text email link Marcus Mosher. Bottom Row: from left-Nate Abrams, Fritz Gavin, Tudy McLean, Tubby Bero. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, Randle went on to record eight consecutive double-digit sack seasons. The Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 48-20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Dec. 10, 2006. He was an even easier snap decision in front of Carson Wentz. Career accolades: Six-time Super Bowl champion, three-time NFL MVP, Also considered: Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly, Joe Namath, Aaron Rodgers, Roger Staubach. Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl champion, 1993 NFL defensive player of the year. (Photo: Robert Riger, Getty Images), Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, one-time NFL champion. Singletary was the Bears' first- or second-leading tackler in each of his 11 seasons. He's the crown Jewell of this number with not much out there except a few more linebackers. Sanders rushed for 2,053 yards in 1997. 8 | Kirk Cousins Standing at 6-foot-7, "The Mad Stork" was a menacing figure on defense. With no Antonio Brown, it's time to turn to a promising young tight end. Mind. Among the greatest players in league history, Brown is the only player to finish his career averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game. Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl winner, two-time NFL MVP, Also considered: Len Dawson, Frank Gifford. Forty-six players are active on game day, and ten players can be kept on the practice squad. One of top tight ends of his era, Christensen led the NFL in receptions twice and recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving three times. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, five-time NFL champion, 1966 NFL MVP. Doug Williams threw for four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII in San Diego. Lanier was a pioneer, as the first African-American to excel at the demanding middle linebacker position. 12 and No. Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown picks up yardage for a first down before he is brought down by the Dallas Cowboys' Tom Franckhauser (32). Cleveland Browns receiver Dante Lavelli (56), tries to catch a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game on Dec. 16, 1951 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Teams: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, five-time NFL champion. Greatest NFL players by uniform number: From No. Still solid after all theseyears back in Green Bay, he joins Alexander on the list. With Todd Gurley out of Los Angeles and fading, the leaping Ekeler deserves to take thirty. With Luke Kuechlytaking his force into retirement, he allows Mercilus to have this number. Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers. The Falcons have made the playoffs six times in Ryan's 11-year career. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, five-time all-pro, Also considered: Pat Tillman, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch. He's a rising young pass rusher to the Maxx. As Marshal Yanda hangs it up, the door opens for the Bengals' young tackle. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, two-time Super Bowl champion, two-time NFL defensive player of the year, Also considered: Mike Webster, Patrick Willis. For the second time in the list's history, the Super Bowl MVP failed to rank.. Brown, a 27th-round draft choice, earned the starting job his rookie season and was a stalwart as the Giants emerged as an NFL powerhouse. Berry and Johnny Unitas formed one of the all-time great passing combos, one that was vital in the Colts' overtime victory in "The Greatest Game Ever Played. Before spending nearly three decades as a broadcaster, Dierdorf was one of the top offensive linemen of his era. He was called for pass interference and the Cardinals gained 23 yards on the play. He might actually like being called Von Cinco Ocho. Heâs a strong 20-something-year-old to end the 30-somethings. Teams: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time NFL champion. NFL's best active players by jersey number, from 1 to 99 | Sporting News An edge-rusher worthy of his Dupree distinction. Posted January 09, 2008 Here is my list of the best players by number in the NFL. Teams: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers. June 2, 2020 3:48 pm. New York Giants halfback Frank Gifford (16), cuts past the Baltimore Colts' Jesse Thomas (40) for a 45-yard run at the Polo Grounds in New York during a game on Nov. 13, 1955. The Patriots won the game, 34-28, after trailing 28-3. Giants head coach Bill Parcells gets doused with Gatorade with linebackers Lawrence Taylor, left, and Carl Banks, right, after the 20-19 win over the Bills in Superbowl XXV in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 27, 1991. Career accolades: Three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler. In the penultimate part of a series in which we identify the best current NFL players across a number of categories, theScore selects the top professional wearing each jersey number from 1 to 50. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time Super Bowl champion, two-time NFL defensive player of the year, Also considered: Deacon Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Howie Long, Forrest Gregg, Greene was an intimidating force on the defensive line of the Steelers' famed "Steel Curtain. Sometimes he seems like heâs driving faster than 55 off the edge. The Eagles went on to win the NFL championship that season. Teams: New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, NFL champion, Also considered: Ernie Stautner, Art Donovan. Rifkin is the head of Radley Furs, the firm that made the coat which is estimated at $5,000. The Dolphins 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins capped a 17-0 season, still the NFL's only perfect, undefeated season. In the 32 years prior to Ryan's arrival in Atlanta, the Falcons made the playoffs eight times. The Eagles won, 7-0. Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, four-time NFL champion, 1961 NFL MVP, Also considered: George McAfee, Donovan McNabb. Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Career accolades: Pro Football Hall of Famer, three-time Super Bowl champion, two-time NFL offensive player of the year, Also considered: Steve Largent, Kellen Winslow. 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