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The Best Athletes Who Wore #22 

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Updated September 24, 2019 520 votes 149 voters 9.1k views 29 items

List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 22 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear number 22 on their jersey include a wide variety of top names from different sports. It has become one of the most respected numbers in all of sports due to the legacies established by players representing it proudly. NFL stars like the Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, Bob Hayes, and Paul Krause created some amazing career highlights as football players who wore 22.

Some of the basketball legends to sport the number include NBA stars Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, and Larry Nance. Baseball players like Rickey Henderson, Roger Clemens, and Clayton Kershaw have all worn 22 in MLB at some point as well. Hockey is also strongly represented with Brett Hull and Mike Bossy among others to sport the number in the NHL.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 22 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 22, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #22
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League: NFL
Years active: 1990-2004
Stats: 18,355 rushing yards, 164 rushing touchdowns, 3,224 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXVIII)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (1990–1995, 1998, 1999)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (1992–1995)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1991)
  • AP NFL Most Valuable Player (1993)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1993)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990)
  • 4× NFL rushing yards leader (1991–1993, 1995)
  • 4× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1991–1993, 1995)

Age: 50

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Team: Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

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Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #22
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League: MLB
Years active: 1979-2003
Stats: .279 batting average, 297 home runs, 1,115 RBIs, 1,406 stolen bases

Career Highlights

  • 10× All-Star (1980, 1982–1988, 1990, 1991)
  • 2× World Series champion (1989, 1993)
  • AL MVP (1990)
  • ALCS MVP (1989)
  • Gold Glove Award (1981)
  • 3× Silver Slugger Award (1981, 1985, 1990)

Age: 60

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Team: Oakland Athletics

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #22
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League: NBA
Years active: 1983-1998
Stats: 1,086 games played, 20.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists

Career Highlights

  • NBA champion (1995)
  • 10× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1994, 1996, 1997)
  • All-NBA First Team (1992)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1991)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1990, 1995)

Age: 57

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Team: Houston Rockets

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #22
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League: NBA
Years active: 1975-1995
Stats: 1455 games played, 20.3 points per game, 12.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Career Highlights

  • NBA champion (1983)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1983)
  • 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1979, 1982, 1983)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1978–1989)
  • ABA All-Star (1975)
  • 4× All-NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985)
  • 4× All-NBA Second Team (1980, 1981, 1984, 1987)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1983)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1979)

Age: Dec. at 60 (1955-2015)

Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia

Team: Utah Stars

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