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The Best Athletes Who Wore #21  

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List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 21 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 21 on their jersey have helped make it one of the most beloved numbers in sports. There is great variety across the board with players of all sports rocking the number. Deion Sanders even showed that one of the few successful and beloved two-sport professional athletes could find success with the number. 

Some top NBA players with number 21 on their jerseys include legends like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, along with rising superstars Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid. Historic MLB players with number 21 jerseys included Roger Clemens, Roberto Clemente, and Sammy Sosa. Football and hockey players also found success with the jersey number 21 as their choice. 

So check out the list of athletes who wore 21 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 21, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #21
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1 13 VOTES

League: MLB/NFL
Years active: 1989-1995,1997, 2000 (MLB)/1989-2000, 2004-2005 (NFL)
Stats: .263 batting average, 39 home runs, 168 RBIs (MLB)/188 games, 53 interceptions, 9 touchdowns (NFL)

Career Highlights

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXX)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
  • 8× First-team All-Pro (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1994)

Age: 52

Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Team: Dallas Cowboys

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Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #21
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2 15 VOTES

League: MLB
Years active: 1955-1972
Stats: .317 batting average, 240 home runs, 1,305 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • 15× All-Star (1960–1967, 1969–1972)
  • 2× World Series champion (1960, 1971)
  • NL MVP (1966)
  • World Series MVP (1971)
  • 12× Gold Glove Award (1961–1972)
  • 4× NL batting champion (1961, 1964, 1965, 1967)

Age: Dec. at 38 (1934-1972)

Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

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LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #21
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3 11 VOTES

League: NFL
Years active: 2001-2011
Stats: 13,684 rushing yards, 145 rushing touchdowns, 4,772 receiving yards, 17 receiving touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • 5× Pro Bowl (2002, 2004–2007)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006, 2007)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2002, 2003, 2005)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2006)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • 2× NFL rushing yards leader (2006, 2007)
  • 3× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2004, 2006, 2007)

Age: 40

Birthplace: Rosebud, Texas, United States of America

Team: San Diego Chargers

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #21
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4 8 VOTES

League: NFL
Years active: 1988-2015
Stats: 254 games played, 65 interceptions, 13 touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • Super Bowl champion (XLV)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (1998–2001, 2008–2011, 2015)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2001, 2009, 2011)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2008, 2010, 2015)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1998)
  • 2× NFL interceptions leader (2009, 2011)

Age: 43

Birthplace: Sebring, Ohio, United States of America

Team: Green Bay Packers

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