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The Best Athletes Who Wore #8

Updated January 27, 2020 1.9k votes 184 voters 6.4k views50 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 8 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 8 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 8 jerseys include Yogi Berra, Willie Stargell, and Andre Dawson, 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 Kobe Bryant, Monta Ellis, and Zach Lavine thriving with the number 8 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 #8 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 8 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 8.

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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1996-2016
    Stats: 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, 6,306 assists

    Career Highlights
    18x NBA All-Star selection
    2x NBA Finals MVP
    1x NBA MVP

    5x NBA champion

    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1978-2020)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
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  • League: NHL
    Years Active: 2005-present
    Stats: 689 goals, 569 assists, 1,258 points

    Career Highlights
    11x NHL All-Star selection
    3x NHL MVP

    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Team: Washington Capitals
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  • League: MLB
    Years Active: 1946-1965
    Stats: .285 batting average, 358 home runs, 1,430 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1972)
    18x All-Star selection
    3x AL MVP

    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Team: New York Yankees
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1981-2001
    Stats: .276 batting average, 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 1,695 RBIs

    Career Highlights
    Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2007)
    19x All-Star selection
    2x AL MVP

    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States of America
    • Team: Baltimore Orioles
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