The Best Athletes Who Wore #23

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Vote up the best athletes who wore 23 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 23 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 NBA players with number 23 jerseys include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in basketball history. 

Baseball stars have had success with the number as well with Don Mattingly, Ryne Sandberg, and Zach Greinke thriving with the number 23 in the MLB. Football and hockey are not too far behind with many superstars rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #23 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 23 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 23.

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  • 31
    39 VOTES

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1926-1939
    Stats: .292 career batting average, 178 home runs, 1,191 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 1991 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
    • 1933 All-Star selection
    • 5-time World Series champion (1927-1928, 1932, 1936-1937)
  • 32
    47 VOTES

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1989-2004
    Stats: .267 career batting average, 294 home runs, 1,182 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 2-time All-Star selection (1992-2002)
    • 1988 Olympic gold medalist
    47 votes
  • 33
    57 VOTES

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1985-1998
    Stats: .255 career batting average, 319 home runs, 1,008 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 3-time All-Star selection (1990-1991, 1993)
    • 1996 World Series champion
  • Bob Gainey
    Photo: Michael Barera / Wikimedia Commons
    34
    30 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1973-1989
    Stats: 1,160 games played, 239 goals, 262 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 1992 Hall of Fame inductee
    • 1979 Conn Smythe Trophy winner
    • 4-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner (1978-1981)
    • 4-time NHL All-Star (1977-1978, 1980-1981)
    • 5-time Stanley Cup champion (1976-1979, 1986)
    30 votes
  • Marcus Camby
    Photo: Eric Molina / Wikimedia Commons
    35
    51 VOTES

    League: NBA
    Years active: 1996-2013
    Stats: 973 career games played, 9.5 points per game, 9.8 rebounds

    Career Highlights

    • 2007 Defensive Player of the Year
    • 2-time All-Defensive first team selection (2007-2008)
    • 1996-97 All-Rookie first team selection
  • Bobby Bonilla
    Photo: user uploaded image
    36
    34 VOTES

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1986-2001
    Stats: .279 career batting average, 287 home runs, 1,173 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 6-time All-Star selection (1988-1991, 1993, 1995)
    • 1997 World Series Champion
    34 votes
  • 37
    30 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 2004-present (Los Angeles Kings)
    Stats: 1,111 games played, 281 goals, 334 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 2009 NHL All-Star
    • 2-time Stanley Cup champion (2012, 2014)
  • J. R. Smith
    Photo: Erik Drost / Wikimedia Commons
    38
    63 VOTES

    League: NBA
    Years active: 2004-present (Cleveland Cavaliers)
    Stats: 971 career games, 12.5 points per game

    Career Highlights

    • 2013 Sixth Man of the Year
    • 2016 NBA champion
  • Troy Vincent
    Photo: Columbia University
    39
    45 VOTES

    Troy Vincent

    League: NFL
    Years active: 1992-2006
    Stats: 207 games played, 47 career interceptions, 3 return touchdowns, 12 fumble recoveries

    Career Highlights

    • 5-time Pro Bowl selection (1999-2003)
    • 2002 first-team All-Pro selection
    • 2002 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner
    • 2012 Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame inductee
    45 votes
  • 40
    36 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1972-1986
    Stats: 900 games played, 235 goals, 278 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 1977 NHL All-Star
    • 4-time Stanley Cup champion (1980-1983)
    36 votes
  • Ronnie Brown
    Photo: Ed Yourdon / Wikimedia Commons
    41
    41 VOTES

    Ronnie Brown

    League: NFL
    Years active: 2005-2014
    Stats: 5,391 career rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • 2008 Pro Bowl selection
    • 2005 All-Rookie team
    41 votes
  • Pat Quinn
    Photo: Sean Hagen / Wikimedia Commons
    42
    46 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1968-1977
    Stats: 606 games played, 18 goals, 113 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 2014 Hall of Fame inductee
    • 2002 Olympic gold medalist, as coach of Team Canada
    46 votes
  • Burleigh Grimes
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    43
    37 VOTES

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1916-1934
    Stats: 270 wins, 3.53 career ERA, 1,512 strikeouts

    Career Highlights

    • 1964 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
    • 1931 World Series champion
    37 votes
  • 44
    28 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1958-1975
    Stats: 1,047 games played, 239 goals, 226 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 3-time NHL All-Star (1962-1964)
    • 4-time Stanley Cup champion (1962-1964, 1967)
    28 votes
  • League: NHL
    Years active: 1950-1970
    Stats: 1,206 games played, 88 goals, 257 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 1978 Hall of Fame inductee
    • 11-time NHL All-Star (1950, 1954-1955, 1957-1961, 1963, 1965, 1968)
    • 5-time Stanley Cup champion (1950, 1952, 1954-1955, 1967)
    39 votes
  • Jay Ajayi
    Photo: Benjamin Sutton / Wikimedia Commons
    46
    53 VOTES

    League: NFL
    Years active: 2015-present
    Stats: 2,516 career yards rushing, 13 rushing touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • 2016 Pro Bowl selection
    • 2017 Super Bowl champion
  • 47
    21 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1998-2013
    Stats: 1,020 games played, 375 goals, 430 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 3-time NHL All-Star (2000-2001, 2009)
    • 2003 Maurice Richard Trophy winner
    • 1999 first-team NHL All-Rookie team
    • 2001 Stanley Cup champion
    • 1998 Olympic gold medalist
    21 votes
  • Jeff Beukeboom
    Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom / Wikimedia Commons
    48
    24 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1987-1999
    Stats: 804 games played, 30 goals, 129 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 3-time Stanley Cup champion (1988, 1990, 1994)
    24 votes
  • 49
    19 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1988-2008
    Stats: 1,273 games played, 309 goals, 351 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 1990 Stanley Cup champion
    19 votes
  • Petr Svoboda
    Photo: user uploaded image
    50
    21 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1984-2001
    Stats: 1,028 games played, 58 goals, 341 assists

    Career Highlights

    • Selected to All-Star team in 2000
    • 1986 Stanley Cup champion
    • First player from Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic to play 1,000 career games
    21 votes
  • 51
    17 VOTES

    League: NHL
    Years active: 1982-1999
    Stats: 1,188 games played, 485 goals, 537 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 3-time NHL All-Star (1984, 1988, 1992)
    • 1993 Stanley Cup champion
    17 votes
  • Quentin Jammer
    Photo: Jeffrey Beall / Wikimedia Commons
    52
    30 VOTES

    Quentin Jammer

    League: NFL
    Years active: 2002-2013
    Stats: 183 games played, 21 career interceptions, 1 touchdown return

    Career Highlights

    • 2002 All-Rookie team selection
    30 votes
  • François Beauchemin
    Photo: Michael Miller / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NHL
    Years active: 2002-2018
    Stats: 903 games played, 76 goals, 212 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 2012 NHL All-Star
    • 2007 Stanley Cup champion
    22 votes