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The Best Athletes Who Wore #32 

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Updated February 18, 2020 758 votes 45 voters 51 items

List Rules Only athletes who wore 32 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 32 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 MLB players with number 32 jerseys include Dave Winfield, Roy Halladay, and Steve Carlton, all Hall of Fame players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, and Julius Irving thriving with the number 32 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #32 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 32 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 32.

Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #32
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League: NFL

Years Active: 1957-1965

Stats: 12,312 rushing yards, 5.2 yards per carry, 106 rushing touchdowns

Career Highlights
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1971)
9x Pro Bowl
8x first-team All-Pro
8x NFL rushing leader

Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, United States of America

Position: Running back, Fullback

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #32
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)

League: NBA

Years Active: 1971-1987

Stats: 30,026 points, 10,525 rebounds, 5,175 assists

Career Highlights
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (1993)
11x NBA All-Star
NBA MVP (1981)

Birthplace: Roosevelt, New York, United States of America

Position: Small forward

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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #32
Photo:  University of Southern California, California Historical Society/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

League: MLB

Years active: 1955-1966

Stats: 165-87 record, 2.76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts

Career Highlights
Baseball Hall of Fame induction (1972)
3x Cy Young award winner (1963, 1965, 1966)
1963 National League MVP
7x All-Star
3x World Series champion (1959, 1963, 1965)
2x World Series MVP (1963, 1965)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Position: Pitcher

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #32
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League: NBA

Years Active: 1992-2011

Stats: 28,596 points, 13,099 rebounds, 2,732 blocks

Career Highlights
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2016)
15x NBA All-Star
NBA MVP (2000)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Position: Center

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