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The Best Athletes Who Wore #13  

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List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 13 for at least one professional season

The jersey number 13 has a tremendous history when looking back at the iconic names to wear it at some point. Major names from all over sports have used No. 13 on their jersey as part of their identity when competing against the top players in their respective field. The best players to wear 13 are the cream of the crop, which makes it especially difficult to rank them against each other. 

Some of the best NBA players with jersey number 13 include basketball stars like Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Nash, and James Harden. The variety in other sports would see baseball icons Alex Rodriguez, Roberto Clemente, and Dave Concepcion wear it at different points in their MLB careers. Football legends like Dan Marino, one of the greatest QBs in NFL history, and hockey stars like Teemu Selanne also show how well represented #13 is across the board. 

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 13 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 13, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #13
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League: NFL
Years active: 1983-1999
Stats: 61,361 passing yards, 420 passing touchdowns, 87 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • 9× Pro Bowl (1983–1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1984–1986)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (1983, 1992, 1994, 1995)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1984)
  • NFL Rookie of the Year (1983)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994)
  • 5× NFL passing yards leader (1984–1986, 1988, 1992)
  • 3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1984–1986)

Age: 58

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Team: Miami Dolphins

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #13
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League: NBA
Years active: 1960-1973
Stats: 1,045 games played, 30.1 points per game, 22.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists

Career Highlights

  • 2× NBA champion (1967, 1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1972)
  • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
  • 13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
  • 7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
  • 7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
  • 11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
  • NBA assists leader (1968)

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Team: San Francisco Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

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Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #13
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League: NFL
Years active: 2014-present
Stats: 5,476 receiving yards, 44 receiving touchdowns, 74 rushing yards

Career Highlights

  • 3× Pro Bowl (2014–2016)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2015, 2016)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2014)

Age: 26

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Team: New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #13
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League: NHL
Years active: 2002-2016
Stats: 953 games played, 314 goals, 604 assists

Career Highlights

  • 2x Stanley Cup winner
  • 1x All-Star
  • 4x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner
  • 3x Selke Trophy winner

Age: 41

Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Team: Detroit Red Wings

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