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The Best Athletes Who Wore #81

Updated July 13, 2020 378 votes 66 voters 1.5k views25 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 81 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 81 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 81 jerseys include Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in football history

Surprisingly, not many basketball stars have worn the number 81 in the NBA. In contrast, baseball and hockey offer quite a few superstars, like Eddie Guardado and Phil Kessel, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively.

Check out the list of famous athletes who wore 81 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 81.

  • League: NFL 

    Years Active: 1998-2012

    Career Highlights: 6x Pro Bowl, 4x First-Team All-Pro, NF Offensive Rookie of the Year,  5x NFL Receiving TD Leader, NFL All-Decade Team, NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Vikings Ring of Honor 

    • Team: Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers
    • Position: Wide receiver
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  • Dick Lane
    Photo: Detroit Lions \ NFL / Wiki Commons

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1952-1965

    Career Highlights: 7× Pro Bowl, 7× First-team All-Pro, 2× NFL Interceptions leader, NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL All-Decade Team, Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor

    • Team: Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions
    • Position: Cornerback
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  • League: NFL

    Years Active: 1953-1969

    Career Highlights: 2× NFL champion, 8× Pro Bowl, 4× First-team All-Pro, 6× Second-team All-Pro, NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL All-Decade Team


    • Team: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints
    • Position: Defensive end
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  • Marián Hossa
    Photo: user uploaded image

    League: NHL

    Years Active: 1996-2017

    Career Highlights: NHL All-Rookie Team, 5x NHL All-Star, 3x Stanley Cup Champion (Chicago Blackhawks) 

    • Team: Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins
    • Position: Right wing
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