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The Best Athletes Who Wore #16

Updated July 13, 2020 443 votes 79 voters 3.1k views30 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 16 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 16 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. Iconic NFL players with number 16 jerseys include Joe Montana, Len Dawson, and Frank Gifford, 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 Bob Lanier and Jerry Lucas thriving with the number 16 in the NBA. Baseball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in MLB and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #16 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 16 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 16.

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  • Joe Montana
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    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1979-1994

    Career Highlights: 8x Pro Bowl, 3x First-Team All-Pro, 4x Super Bowl Champion, 2 NFL MVP, 3x Super Bowl MVP, Pro Football Hall of Fame

    • Position: Quarterback
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  • League: NHL

    Years Active: 1986-2005

    Career Highlights: 8x NHL All-Star, 2x Stanley Cup Champion, 1x Hart Memorial Trophy recipient, Hockey Hall of Fame

    • Position: Right wing
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  • George Blanda
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1949-1975

    Career Highlights: 1x NFL Man of the Year, 26 seasons played, 7 touchdown passes in a game, Pro Football Hall of Fame

    • Team: Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers
    • Position: Quarterback, Placekicker
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  • Whitey Ford
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    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1950-1967

    Career Highlights: 10x All-Star, 6x World Series MVP, 1x Cy Young Award Winner, 1x World Series MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame

    • Position: Pitcher
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