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.
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
4818Best to wear #81?
- Team: Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers
- Position: Wide receiver
- Photo: Detroit Lions \ NFL / Wiki Commons
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
181Best to wear #81?
- Team: Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions
- Position: Cornerback
- Photo: uploaded by Hardtack
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
188Best to wear #81?
- Team: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints
- Position: Defensive end
- Photo: user uploaded image
Years Active: 1996-2017
Career Highlights: NHL All-Rookie Team, 5x NHL All-Star, 3x Stanley Cup Champion (Chicago Blackhawks)
2012Best to wear #81?
- Team: Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Position: Right wing