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The Best Athletes Who Wore #2

Updated September 23, 2019 961 votes 125 voters 7.7k views30 items

List RulesVote up the top athletes who wore 2 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 2 as their jersey number have crafted strong legacies with it. The number 2 has become one of the most popular jersey numbers across a wide variety of sports. As a result of that popularity, many of the best players across basketball, baseball, and football have donned the number.

Derek Jeter’s #2 jerseys are still being sold to MLB fans years after his retirement, which shows just how much a number can mean to a player and how much a number can become synonymous with a player. The NBA also has a rich history of players to rock the number with champions like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Garnett, and Kyrie Irving all sporting the 2 on their backs. The NFL and NHL have also had their fair share of famous athletes who wore 2 on their jersey like Matt Ryan and Brian Leetch.

So check out the list of athletes who wore 2 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 2, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 25.

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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1995-2014
    Stats: .310 batting average, 260 home runs, 1,311 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 14× All-Star (1998–2002, 2004, 2006–2012, 2014)
    • 5× World Series champion (1996, 1998–2000, 2009)
    • World Series MVP (2000)
    • AL Rookie of the Year (1996)
    • 5× Gold Glove Award (2004–2006, 2009–2010)
    • 5× Silver Slugger Award (2006–2009, 2012)
    • Birthplace: Pequannock, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Position: Shortstop
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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1976-1995
    Stats: 1455 games played, 20.3 points per game, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks

    Career Highlights

    • Basketball Hall of Fame
    • NBA champion (1983)
    • NBA Finals MVP (1983)
    • 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1979, 1982, 1983)
    • 12× NBA All-Star (1978–1989)
    • 4× All-NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985)
    • 4× All-NBA Second Team (1980, 1981, 1984, 1987)
    • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1983)
    • Birthplace: Virginia
    • Position: Power forward, Center
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  • Kawhi Leonard
    Photo: LA Clippers / Instagram

    League: NBA
    Years active: 2011-present
    Stats: 467 games played, 17.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals

    Career Highlights

    • 2× NBA champion (2014, 2019)
    • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019)
    • 3× NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019)
    • 2× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
    • All-NBA Second Team (2019)
    • 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
    • 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017)
    • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2019)
    • Birthplace: Riverside, California
    • Position: Shooting guard, Small forward
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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1995-2016
    Stats: 1,462 games played, 17.8 points per game, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks

    Career Highlights

    • NBA champion (2008)
    • NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
    • 15× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
    • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2003)
    • 4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008)
    • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2002, 2005)
    • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2007)
    • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
    • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)
    • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2006, 2007, 2012)
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
    • Position: Power forward
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