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The Best Athletes Who Wore #43 

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Updated May 21, 2020 760 votes 79 voters 3.3k views 50 items

List Rules Only athletes who wore 43 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 43 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 43 jerseys include Dennis Eckersley, R.A. Dickey, and Raul Mondesi, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Jack Sikma, Mychal Thompson, and Kris Humphries thriving with the number 43 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 #43 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 43 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 43.

Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #43
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League: NFL

Years active: 2003-2014

Stats: 770 tackles, 12 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 32 interceptions

Career Highlights
8x Pro Bowl
4x First-team All-Pro

Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States of America

Position: Strong Safety

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Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #43
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League: MLB

Years active: 1975-1998

Stats: 197 wins, 3.50 ERA, 2,401 strikeouts, 390 saves

Career Highlights
Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2004)
6x All-Star, AL MVP (1992)
AL Cy Young Award (1992)

Birthplace: Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Position: Pitcher

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #43
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League: MLB

Years active: 1988-2007

Stats: 216 wins, 3.46 ERA, 3,116 strikeouts

Career Highlights
6x All-Star
World Series MVP (2001)

Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, United States of America

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #43
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League: NBA

Years active: 1977-1991

Stats: 17,287 points, 10,816 rebounds, 1,048 blocks

Career Highlights
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2019)
7x NBA All-Star

Birthplace: Kankakee, Illinois

Position: Power forward, Center

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