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The Best Athletes Who Wore #29 

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Updated July 13, 2020 198 votes 21 voters 28 items

List Rules Only athletes who wore 29 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 29 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. Legendary NFL players with number 29 jerseys include Eric Dickerson and Earl Thomas, 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 Paul Silas thriving with the number 29 in the NBA. Baseball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Catfish Hunter and Ken Dryden, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively. It's all proof that anyone who wears #29 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 29 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 29.

John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #29
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League: MLB
Years active: 1988-2009
Career achievements:
Baseball Hall of Fame
8× All-Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
World Series champion (1995)
NL Cy Young Award (1996)
NLCS MVP (1992)
2× NL wins leader (1996, 2006)
2× NL strikeout leader (1992, 1996)
NL saves leader (2002)
Atlanta Braves No. 29 retired

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #29
Photo:  David Livingston/Getty Images

League: NFL
Years active: 1983-1993
Career achievements:
Pro Football Hall of Fame
6× Pro Bowl (1983, 1984, 1986–1989)
5× First-team All-Pro (1983, 1984, 1986–1988)
NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1986)
3× NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1983, 1984, 1986)
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1983)
4× NFL rushing yards leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988)
Los Angeles Rams No. 29 retired

Position: Running back

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Ken Dryden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #29
Photo:  Michael Ignatieff/Wiki Commons

League: NHL
Years active: 1970–1979
Career achievements:
Hockey Hall of Fame
6x Stanley Cup winner (1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
5x All-Star (1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
5x NHL First All-Star Team (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
5x Vezina Trophy winner (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1971)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1972)

Position: Goaltender

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Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #29
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League: MLB
Years active: 1965-1979
Career achievements:
Baseball Hall of Fame
8× All-Star (1966, 1967, 1970, 1972–1976)
5× World Series champion (1972–1974, 1977, 1978)
AL Cy Young Award (1974)
2× MLB wins leader (1974, 1975)
AL ERA leader (1974)
Pitched a perfect game on May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics No. 27 retired

Position: Pitcher

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