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The Best Athletes Who Wore #43

Updated May 21, 2020 1.5k votes 171 voters 8.8k views50 items

List RulesOnly 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.

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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
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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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  • League: NFL

    Years active: 2005-2019

    Stats: 3,552 rushing yards, 4,840 receiving yards, 64 total touchdowns

    Career Highlights
    3x Pro Bowl
    2x All-Pro

    • Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa
    • Position: Running back, Return specialist
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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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