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The Best Athletes Who Wore #55

May 27, 2020 261 votes 31 voters27 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 55 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 55 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. Legendary MLB players with number 55 jerseys include Tim Linecum, Hideki Matsui, and Kevin Appier, all elite level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Dikembe Mutumbo and Dolph Schayes thriving with the number 55 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Junior Seau and Terrell Suggs, rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #55 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 55 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 55.

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  • Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #55
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    League: NFL

    Years active: 1990-2009

    Career highlights:

    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    12× Pro Bowl (1991–2002)
    8× First-team All-Pro (1991–1996, 1998, 2000)
    2× Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
    NFL Man of the Year (1994)
    NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    Los Angeles Chargers No. 55 retired
    Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame

    • Position: Linebacker
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  • Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #55
    Photo: Keith Allison / via Flickr

    League: NBA

    Years active: 1991-2009

    Career highlights:

    Basketball Hall of Fame
    8× NBA All-Star (1992, 1995–1998, 2000–2002)
    All-NBA Second Team (2001)
    2× All-NBA Third Team (1998, 2002)
    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)
    3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997, 1998, 2001)
    3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1995, 1999, 2002)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)
    2× NBA rebounding leader (2000, 2001)
    3× NBA blocks leader (1994–1996)
    No. 55 retired by Atlanta Hawks
    No. 55 retired by Denver Nuggets

    • Position: Center
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  • Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #55
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain

    League: NFL

    Years active: 1995-2008

    Career highlights:

    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
    11× Pro Bowl (1997–2006, 2008)
    5× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005)
    4× Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003)
    Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2000)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2002)
    NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 55 retired

    • Position: Linebacker
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  • League: MLB

    Years active: 1983-2000

    Career highlights:

    3× All-Star (1987–1989)

    World Series champion (1988)

    NL Cy Young Award (1988)

    World Series MVP (1988)

    2× LCS MVP (1988, 1995)

    Gold Glove Award (1988)

    Silver Slugger Award (1993)

    NL wins leader (1988)

    • Position: Pitcher
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