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The Best Athletes Who Wore #17

Updated January 23, 2020 2.7k votes 318 voters 14.8k views50 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 17 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 17 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 MLB players with number 17 jerseys include Mark Grace, Lance Berkman, and Felipe Alou, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Chris Mullin, John Havlicek, and Rick Fox thriving with the number 17 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #17 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 17 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 17.

  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1958-1974
    Stats: .286 batting average, 206 home runs, 852 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    3x All-Star selection

    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
    • Team: New York Yankees
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1997-2013
    Stats: .316 batting average, 2,519 hits, 369 home runs, 1,406 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    5x All-Star selection
    3x Gold Glove Award
    4x Silver Slugger

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Team: Colorado Rockies
    A great player?

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  • League: NFL
    Years active: 1960-1968
    Stats: 135 touchdowns, 17,199 passing yards, 74.8 passer rating

    Career Highlights
    3x Pro Bowl selection

    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1938-2010)
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Texas, United States of America
    • Team: Dallas Cowboys
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  • League: NFL
    Years active: 2012-present
    Stats: 469 receptions, 6,671 receiving yards, 45 receiving touchdowns

    Career Highlights
    1x Pro Bowl selection

    • Age: 29
    • Birthplace: St. Matthews, South Carolina
    • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
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