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The Best Athletes Who Wore #20

Updated July 13, 2020 414 votes 42 voters 1.2k views30 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 20 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 20 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 NFL players with number 20 jerseys include Barry Sanders, Ed Reed, and Brian Dawkins, 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 Ray Allen and Gary Payton thriving with the number 20 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 #20 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 20 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 20.

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  • Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #20
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    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1989-1998

    Career Highlights: 10x Pro Bowl, 6x First-Team All-Pro, 1x NFL Most Valuable Player, Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Position: Running back
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  • Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #20
    Photo: Phil Romans / Flickr

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 2002-2013

    Career Highlights: 9x Pro Bowl, 5x First-Team All-Pro, 1x Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    • Birthplace: St. Rose, Louisiana
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Team: Baltimore Ravens
    • Position: Free Safety
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  • Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #20
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    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1956-1976

    Career Highlights: 14x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, 1x NL MVP, 1x AL MVP, 1x World Series MVP, Triple Crown Winner, NL Rookie of the Year, Baseball Hall of Fame.

    • Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Position: Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder
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  • League: NBA

    Years Active: 1990-2007

    Career Highlights: 9x NBA All-Star, 1x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Basketball Hall of Fame

    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Position: Point guard
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