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The Best Athletes Who Wore #19 

Ranker Sports
May 26, 2020 198 votes 20 voters 30 items

List Rules Only athletes who wore 19 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 19 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 MLB players with number 19 jerseys include Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, and Paul Molitor, 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 Willis Reed and Lenny Wilkins thriving with the number 19 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 #19 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 19 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 19.

Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #19
Photo:  Wally McNamee/Getty Images

League: NFL

Years Active: 1956-1973

Career Highlights: 10x Pro Bowl, 5x First-Team All-Pro, 3x AP NFL MVP, 3x NFL Champion, 1x Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Position: Quarterback

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #19
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

League: MLB

Years Active: 1982-2001

Career Highlights: 15x All-Star, 8x NL Batting Champion, 5x Gold Glove Award Winner, 7x Silver Slugger Award Winner, Baseball Hall of Fame

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder

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Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #19
Photo: flickr/CC0

League: MLB

Years Active: 1978-1998

Career Highlights: 7x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger Award Winner, 1x World Series Champion, 1x World Series MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame

Position: Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

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Adam Thielen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #19
Photo: apc99/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

League: NFL

Years Active: 2013-present

Career Highlights: 2x Pro Bowl

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Position: Wide receiver

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