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The Best Athletes Who Wore #26

Updated July 13, 2020 395 votes 68 voters 2.9k views26 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 26 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 26 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. Top NFL players with number 26 jerseys include Rod Woodson and Le'Veon Bell, 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 Kyle Korver thriving with the number 26 in the NBA. Baseball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Wade Boggs and Peter Šťastný, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively.

Check out the list of famous athletes who wore 26 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 26.

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  • Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #26
    Photo: Robin Marchant / Getty images

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1987-2003

    Career Highlights: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl Champion (Baltimore Ravens), 11× Pro Bowl, 6× First-team All-Pro, 2× Second-team All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, AFC Player of the Year, 2× NFL interceptions leader

    • Team: Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders
    • Position: Safety
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    #16 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#39 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#16 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

  • Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #26
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    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1925-1945

    Career Highlights: Baseball Hall of Fame, 9× All-Star, 2× World Series champion, 3× AL MVP, Triple Crown, 2× AL batting champion, 4× AL home run leader, 3× AL RBI leader

    • Team: Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies
    • Position: First baseman
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    #30 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#9 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#13 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • League: MLB
    Years Active: 1982-1999
    Career Highlights: Baseball Hall of Fame, 12× All-Star, World Series champion (New York Yankees), 2× Gold Glove Award, 8× Silver Slugger Award, 5× AL batting champion, Boston Red Sox No. 26 retired

    • Team: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    • Position: Third baseman
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  • League: NHL
    Years Active: 1975–1995
    Career Highlights: Hockey Hall of Fame, 6x All-Star, Calder Memorial Trophy

    • Team: Quebec Nordiques, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues
    • Position: Centerman
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    #984 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#133 of 502 The Best NHL Players of All Time#27 of 89 The Greatest St. Louis Blues Players Of All Time

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