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The Best Athletes Who Wore #26

Updated July 13, 2020 705 votes 193 voters 8.5k 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.

  • Adrian Peterson
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 2007–present

    Career Highlights: NFL Most Valuable Player, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 4× First-team All-Pro, 3× Second-team All-Pro, 7× Pro Bowl, NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 

    • Team: Washington Redskins
    • Position: Running back
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  • Rod Woodson
    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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  • 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: Premier League
    Years Active: 1998-2018
    Career Highlights: 3x Football League Cup winner (Chelsea), UEFA Champions League winner (Chelsea), 2x Chelsea Player of the Year, 3x UEFA Club Defender of the Year, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team

    • Team: Chelsea F.C., Aston Villa
    • Position: Defender
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