The Greatest NFL Players to Ever Wear Each Jersey Number


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#00 – Jim Otto

Throughout his 15-year playing career, there wasn’t a single player in the NFL tougher than Jim Otto. The center for the all-time AFL team, Otto endured 28 knee operations and repeatedly dealt with life-threatening bouts of infections due to artificial joints yet he was still named all-AFL 10 times and led the Raiders to the conference championship six times. Still to this day, he is considered one of the greatest Oakland Raiders to ever play for the team.

Runner up: Ken Burrough

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#0 – Johnny Olszewski

Not too many notable players have worn the #0, so we gotta go with Johnny Olszewski. An All-America halfback-fullback out of Cal and 1953 first-round pick, Olszewski played nine seasons in the NFL (for the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit and Washington) and one AFL season (Denver). In that time, he rushed for 3,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. Not exactly a Hall of Fame career, but not too shabby, to say the least.

Runner up: N/A

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#1 – Warren Moon

The greatest African-American quarterback to ever play the beautiful game of football, Warren Moon is also the best to ever wear the number one as well. The incredible Moon threw for 21,000-plus yards and won five championships as a pro, before even beginning his 17-season NFL career. A CFL Hall of Famer, Moon also carved out a remarkable NFL Hall of Fame career. He ranks seventh in career passing yards (49,325) and eighth in passing touchdowns (291). The only thing this man is missing on his absurdly impressive résumé is a Super Bowl ring. Still to this day, he is one of the greatest QB’s ever to not win a championship.

Runner up: Benny Friedman

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#2 – Charley Trippi

The top overall draft pick in the 1945 NFL draft, Charley Trippi played halfback, quarterback, defense and punter during his nine seasons in the NFL. The Hall of Fame jack of all trades was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 1940 All-Decade team. He played his entire NFL career for the Chicago Cardinals and is most remembered for scoring two long touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 1947 championship game victory. He’s the only player in the Hall of Fame with more than 1,000 career yards as a passer, runner and receiver.

Runner up: David Akers