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The Best Athletes Who Wore #17

Updated January 23, 2020 3.2k votes 383 voters 18.4k 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: NBA
    Years active: 1962-1978
    Stats: 26,395 points, 8,007 rebounds, 6,114 assists 

    Career Highlights
    13x NBA All-Star 

      A great player?

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    • League: NFL
      Years active: 2014-present
      Stats: 431 receptions, 5,354 receiving yards, 46 receiving touchdowns

      Career Highlights
      2x Pro Bowl selection

        A great player?
      • League: NFL
        Years active: 2004-present
        Stats: 397 touchdowns, 59,271 passing yards, 95.1 passer rating. 

        Career Highlights
        8x Pro Bowl selection

          A great player?

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        • League: NBA
          Years active: 1985-2001
          Stats: 17,911 points, 4,034 rebounds, 3,450 assists

          Career Highlights
          5x NBA All-Star selection

            A great player?

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