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The Best Athletes Who Wore #18

Updated July 13, 2020 396 votes 76 voters 2.4k views26 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 18 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 18 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. Legendary NFL players with number 18 jerseys include Peyton Manning, Charlie Joiner, and Emmitt Thomas, 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 Dave Cowens and Phil Jackson thriving with the number 18 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 #18 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 18 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 18.

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  • Peyton Manning
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    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1998-2015

    Career Highlights: 14x Pro Bowl, 7x First-Team All-Pro, 5x NFL MVP, 2x Super Bowl Champion, 1x Super Bowl MVP

    • Team: Denver Broncos
    • Position: Quarterback
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  • League: NFL

    Years Active: 1962-1977

    Career Highlights: 4x Pro Bowl, 1x First-Team All-Pro, 1x NFL MVP

    • Position: Quarterback
    18
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  • Darryl Strawberry
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    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1983-1999

    Career Highlights: 8x All-Star, 4x World Series Champion, NL Rookie of the Year

    • Team: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
    • Position: Right fielder, Outfielder
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  • League: NFL

    Years Active: 1968-1978

    Career Highlights: 5x Pro Bowl, 2x First-Team All-Pro, Pro Football Hall of Fame

    • Position: Cornerback
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