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The Best Athletes Who Wore #41

Updated July 13, 2020 633 votes 55 voters 1.5k views34 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 41 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 41 as their jersey numbers are sprinkled across all major sports. It has been a popular jersey number for decades with success of athletes across the board. Top NFL players with number 41 jerseys include Arnie Herber and Eugene Robinson, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in football history

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Dirk Nowitzki and Wes Unseld thriving with the number 41 in the NBA. Baseball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Tom Seaver and Jaroslav Halák, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively.

Check out the list of famous athletes who wore 41 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 41.

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  • Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #41
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    League: NBA 

    Years Active: 1998-2019

    Career Highlights: NBA champion (Dallas Mavericks), NBA Finals MVP, NBA Most Valuable Player, 14× NBA All-Star, 4× All-NBA First Team 5× All-NBA Second Team, 3× All-NBA Third Team,  50–40–90 club

    • Team: Dallas Mavericks
    • Position: Power forward
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  • Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #41
    Photo: Cheryl Chenet / Getty Images

    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1976-1986

    Career Highlights: 12× All-Star, World Series champion (New York Mets)
    3× NL Cy Young Award, NL Rookie of the Year, 3× NL wins leader, 3× NL ERA leader, 5× NL strikeout leader, No hitter, New York Mets Hall of Fame, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

    • Team: New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox
    • Position: Pitcher
    28
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  • Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #41
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    League: NBA

    Years Active: 1993-2006 

    Career Highlights: NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Most Valuable Player, 5x NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA rebounding leader

    • Position: Center
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    10
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  • Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #41
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    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1952-1968 

    Career Highlights: 12× All-Star, 2× World Series champion (Milwaukee Braves, Detroit Tigers), 2× NL home run leader, Braves Hall of Fame, Miller Park Walk of Fame

    • Team: Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers
    • Position: Third baseman
    18
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