The Best Athletes Who Wore #7 

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Updated September 23, 2019 540 votes 85 voters 3.8k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 7 for at least one professional season

The athletes who wore Lucky Number 7 as their jersey number include a combination of players across various sports who achieved various levels of success. John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, and Michael Vick are among the top NFL names who wore #7 while delivering incredible results at the quarterback position.

The NBA has had players find success with the jersey 7 thanks to Carmelo Anthony, Pete Maravich, and Kyle Lowry. Some of the MLB players to wear 7 across their careers include Mickey Mantle, Barry Bonds, and Joe Mauer. The NHL is represented by famous players like Ray Borque and Paul Coffey. 

So check out the list of athletes who wore 7 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 7, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 25.

Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #7
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League: MLB
Years active: 1951-1968
Stats: .298 batting average, 536 home runs, 1,509 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 20× All-Star (1952–1965, 1967, 1968)
  • 7× World Series champion (1951–1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962)
  • 3× AL MVP (1956, 1957, 1962)
  • Triple Crown (1956)
  • Gold Glove Award (1962)

Birthplace: USA, Spavinaw, Oklahoma

Position: Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #7
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League: NBA
Years active: 1970-1980
Stats: 658 games played, 24.2 points per game, 5.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Career Highlights

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 5× NBA All-Star (1973, 1974, 1977–1979)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (1976, 1977)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1973, 1978)

Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Position: Shooting guard

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Phil Esposito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #7
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League: NHL
Years active: 1964-1981
Stats: 1,282 games played, 717 goals, 873 assists

Career Highlights

  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 2x Stanley Cup winner
  • 8x All-Star
  • 5x Ross Trophy winner
  • 2x Hart Memorial Trophy winner

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Position: Centerman

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #7
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League: NFL
Years active: 1983-1998
Stats: 234 games played, 51,475 passing yards, 300 passing touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • Football Hall of Fame
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXXIII)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996–1998)
  • First-team All-Pro (1987)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1993, 1996)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1987)
  • 2× AFC Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993)

Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America

Position: Quarterback

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