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The Best Athletes Who Wore #33 

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Updated February 14, 2020 537 votes 117 voters 6.4k views 28 items

List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 33 for at least one professional season

The jersey number 33 is associated with some of the all-time great athletes across a wide spectrum of sports. Millions of sports jerseys have been sold with the No. 33 on the back due to the popularity of athletes to spend time wearing the number. Legendary basketball stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, and Patrick Ewing are some of the best NBA players with number 33 jersey in history. 

The baseball world is also strong with the number as Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, and Mike Piazza all sported jersey 33 at different times in their MLB careers. Football and hockey are strongly represented with Tony Dorsett and Patrick Roy rocking the 33 among others in the NFL and NHL. 

So check out the list of the most famous athletes who wore 33 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 33, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

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Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #33
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League: MLB
Years active: 1956-1976
Stats: .294 batting average, 586 home runs, 1,812 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • 14× All-Star (1956, 1957, 1959, 1959, 1961, 1961, 1962, 1965–1967, 1969–1971, 1974)
  • 2× World Series champion (1966, 1970)
  • NL MVP (1961)
  • AL MVP (1966)
  • World Series MVP (1966)
  • Triple Crown (1966)
  • NL Rookie of the Year (1956)
  • Gold Glove Award (1958)

Age: 84

Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas

Team: Cleveland Indians

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #33
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League: NBA
Years active: 1985-2002
Stats: 1,183 games played, 21.0 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Career Highlights

  • 11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
  • All-NBA First Team (1990)
  • 6× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991–1993, 1997)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)

Age: 57

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Team: New York Knicks

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Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #33
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League: MLB
Years active: 1977-1997
Stats: .287 batting average, 504 home runs, 1,917 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • 8× All-Star (1978, 1981–1986, 1991)
  • World Series champion (1983)
  • AL Rookie of the Year (1977)
  • 3× Gold Glove Award (1982–1984)
  • 3× Silver Slugger Award (1983, 1984, 1990)
  • AL home run leader (1981)
  • AL RBI leader (1981)

Age: 63

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Team: Baltimore Orioles

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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #33
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League: NFL
Years active: 1977-1988
Stats: 12,739 rushing yards, 77 rushing touchdowns, 3,554 receiving yards, 13 receiving touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • Super Bowl champion (XII)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1978, 1981–1983)
  • First-team All-Pro (1981)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1982, 1983)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1977)

Age: 65

Birthplace: Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Team: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos

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