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O.k., this isn't all football, but, a lot of it is:

 

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John Elway at #7??? Please. Mickey Mantle made the number famous and should be in this spot. He was more closely identified with that number than any player, Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan aside.

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Tom Brady? How many others were overlooked for that one?

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#1, I would go with Oscar Robertson there.

 

#2....horses wear different numbers per each race, so it is hard to declare Secretariat with #2. Give that to Jeter.

 

#7 Pete Maravich

 

#8 Carl Yastrzemski

 

#12 Roger Staubach

 

#20 Lou Brock

 

#26 Wade Boggs

 

more to come....

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Pittsburgh - Well represented :D My only serious complaint would be not having Willie Stargell on honorable mention of # 8. I could make a case for Bettis & Greene being #1, but, Robin Roberts & Deacon Jones are hard to argue against. I left Bonds off the list, since he is mentioned for #25, which he didn't wear in Pittsburgh.

 

First Place

 

21 - Roberto Clemente

26 - Rod Woodson

47 - Mel Blount

58 - Jack Lambert

59 - Jack Ham

66 - Mario Lemieux

68 - Jaromir Jagr

 

Runner-Up

 

0 - Al Oliver

12 - Terry Bradshaw

36 - Jerome Bettis

52 - Mike Webster

54 - Goose Gossage

68 - L.C. Greenwood

75 - Mean Joe Greene

82 - John Stallworth

86 - Hines Ward

 

Considered

 

26 - Bert Byleven

32 - Franco Harris

39 - Dave Parker

63 - Dermontti Dawson

70 - Ernie Stautner

87 - Sydney Crosby

88 - Lynn Swann

91 - Kevin Greene

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88 is a very popular number but they got that one right with Alan Page.

 

League MVP as a defensive player.

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#1, I would go with Oscar Robertson there.

Agreed

 

#2....horses wear different numbers per each race, so it is hard to declare Secretariat with #2. Give that to Jeter.

Agreed

 

#7 Pete Maravich

Mantle or Elway, tough call..... I'd have no problem either way

 

#8 Carl Yastrzemski

Agree 100% - Ripken was great, but, he is vastly over-rated due to his streak

 

#12 Roger Staubach

Even as a Steeler fan with a dog in the fight, I would go with Tom Brady as well

 

#20 Lou Brock

Disagree strongly here. Barry Sanders owns that number.

 

#26 Wade Boggs

Even as a Steelers fan, I agree with you here

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There is no way Elway should be ahead of Mantle. That is absurd

Also, is there a more over hyped player in any sport than Cal Ripkin. - So what he had a streak of games played.

Brady doesnt deserve the #12. not over Bradshaw and Roger.

 

 

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44 should be Jim Brown. Hank was good, but longevity serve3d him well. Brown maybe the best athlete ever.

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44 should be Jim Brown. Hank was good, but longevity serve3d him well. Brown maybe the best athlete ever.

 

Could've sworn that JB was #32.

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I still dont get #88. Drew Pearson was twice the receiver Lynn Swann was, but Swann is in the hall of fame, and Pearson still isnt. Swann may be the most over-rated football player of all time. Though Alan Page deserved this for sure, just thought Id mention

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44 should be Jim Brown. Hank was good, but longevity serve3d him well. Brown maybe the best athlete ever.

 

 

David Robinson was a nice player, but #50 should be Singletary.

 

Agreed on both, but, they were talking about Brown's college number at 44.

 

Jim Brown vs. Magic Johnson at #32 is a tough one........

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Johan Santana will one day own #57

 

As will Crosby with #87

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The big O should get # 1 to his credit , jeter deserves the # 2 , mantle the # 7 ( although elway might be getting too killed in this thread as the guy was a complete athlete )

 

22 I believe should go clemens

 

This is a really good thread though menudo . Thanks

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#1 - for me, it's the wizard of oz.

#2 - should be jeter over any horse, let alone a horse none of us knew personally

#4 - i think they got it right with orr, but wow, what a hard choice between him, gehrig and favre

#7 - elway and mantle, should be co-#1s

#8 - ripken is deserving, in my book. guy was more than just the streak, he's one of the best SS to ever play the game.

#9 - ted williams/gordie howe, co-#1

#12 - rather than try to decide between all those QBs, i'd just give it to stockton

#13 - marino, then wilt. honorable mention to mats sundin.

#14 - f*ck pete rose, i give it to ernie banks

#19 - some awesome names. yzerman, unitas, sakic, alworth, feller. all are totally deserving. and they didn't even mention tony gwynn.

#21 - clemens/clemente? tough call, but i agree with clemente since clemens had a few different #s. lots of competition at 21, but peter forsberg at least deserves a mention.

#26 - sorta weak competition here, but boggs should go ahead of woodson

#33 - i say larry bird and patrick roy

#35 - phil niekro? not the stiffest competition here, but i'd go with ricke henderson and frank thomas over niekro.

#45 - bob gibson over pedro

#50 - singletary

#53 - around here, it's randy gradishar

#55 - seau

#80 - obviously rice, but rod smith deserves mention along with winslow

 

nice linke, they had some really great photos of the "winners" :D

 

edit: i'm sure local players come to mind first for many of us on these. from a lifelong denver sports fan perspective, i always think of...

 

#1 - jason elam

#2 - jj flanagan (CU)

#3 - rick karlis, eric bienemy

#4 - rob blake

#6 - craig morton

#7 - john elway :D

#10 - kordell stewart, dante bichette

#14 - koy detmer, andres galarraga

#17 - todd helton

#18 - adam deadmarsh

#19 - joe sakic, rashaan salaam

#20 - louis wright

#21 - forsberg

#23 - sammy winder

#24 - champ bailey

#25 - haven moses

#27 - steve atwater

#33 - patrick roy, larry walker

#44 - floyd little

#43 - steve foley

#49 - dennis smith

#52 - adam foote

#53 - randy gradishar

#54 - keith bishop

#57 - tom jackson

#70 - dave studdard

#73 - simon fletcher

#75 - rulon jones

#77 - karl mecklenburg, ray bourque

#80 - rod smith, but also rick upchurch

#81 - steve watson

#91 - alfred williams (for his days at CU mostly, but also with the broncos)

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Whatever number they decide to pin to Clemens, he should be in the top spot. The guy has a chance at 350 career wins, third all time. Unbelievable in the modern era!

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Even as a Celtics fan, it's tough to argue Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It's a pick 'em kind of thing.

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#4 - i think they got it right with orr, but wow, what a hard choice between him, gehrig and favre

 

How in the hell did I forget about Favre? :D

 

#8 - ripken is deserving, in my book. guy was more than just the streak, he's one of the best SS to ever play the game.

 

He did change the position - first power-hitting SS ever, IIRC. But I would absolutely put Yaz in front of him.

 

#45 - bob gibson over pedro

 

Agreed. Gibson doesn't get nearly the amount of love that he deserves.

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