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The Best Athletes Who Wore #23

Updated February 6, 2020 4.1k votes 591 voters 32.0k views53 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • Photo: Catherine Salaun / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NBA
    Years active: 2011-present (Philadelphia 76ers)
    Stats: 519 career games played, 16.7 points per game, 4.9 rebounds

    Career Highlights

    • 4-time All-Star selection (2015-2018)
    • 2015 Most Improved Player
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1982-1995
    Stats: .307 career batting average, 222 home runs, 1,099 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 1985 American League MVP
    • 6-time All-Star selection (1984-1989)
    • Number 23 retired by New York Yankees
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  • Photo: Mike Morbeck / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NFL
    Years active: 2006-2016
    Stats: 3,311 career receiving yards, 16 receiving touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • 4-time Pro Bowl selection (2006-2007, 2010, 2014)
    • 3-time first-team All-Pro selection (2006-2007, 2010)
    • NFL record 20 career return touchdowns
    • NFL record 14 career punt return touchdowns
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  • Photo: Dave Sizer / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NFL
    Years active: 2007-present (Oakland Raiders)
    Stats: 10,379 career rushing yards, 84 rushing touchdowns, 9 receiving touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • 5-time Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2011-2014)
    • 2012 first-team All-Pro selection
    • 2013 Super Bowl champion
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