The best players to wear 49 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. Top NFL players with number 49 jerseys include Bobby Mitchell and Dennis Smith, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in football history.
Suprisingly, not many basketball stars have worn 49 in the NBA. In contrast, baseball and hockey offer quite a few superstars, like Rob Guidry and Ivan Barbashev, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively.
Check out the list of famous athletes who wore 49 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 49.
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Years Active: 1975-1988
Career Highlights: 4× All-Star, 2× World Series champion, 5× Gold Glove Award, AL Cy Young Award, 2× AL wins leader, 2× AL ERA leader5431Best to wear #49?
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Years Active: 1958-1968
Career Highlights: Pro Football Hall of Fame, 4× Pro Bowl, 3× First-team All-Pro, 2× Second-team All-Pro, NFL receptions leader, 2× NFL receiving yards leader, NFL receiving touchdowns leader2814Best to wear #49?
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Years Active: 2010-present
Career Highlights: 7× All-Star , World Series champion, 2× AL strikeout leader2712Best to wear #49?
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Years Active: 1980-1997
Career Highlights: Baseball Hall of Fame, 7× All-Star, 3× Rolaids Relief Man Award, 4× Saves leader218Best to wear #49?