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The Best Athletes Who Wore #99 

Aaron Hager
Updated February 5, 2020 999 votes 77 voters 1.1k views 50 items

List Rules Only athletes who wore 99 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 99 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 99 jerseys include Aaron Judge, Manny Ramirez, and Hyun-jin Ryu, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Football stars have had success with the number as well with Warren Sapp, Jason Taylor, and JJ Watt thriving with the number 99 in the NFL. Basketball isn't too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NBA history. And of course, Wayne Gretzky is one of the greatest athletes ever to wear the number as the best hockey player in NHL history.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 99 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 99.

Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #99
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League: NHL

Years active: 1979-1999

Stats: 894 goals, 1,963 assists, 2,857 points

Career Highlights
Hockey Hall of Fame (1999)
9x NHL MVP
4x Stanley Cup champion

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Position: Centerman

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #99
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League: NFL

Years active: 1995-2007

Stats: 573 tackles, 96.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 19 forced fumbles, 3 touchdowns

Career Highlights
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2013)
7x Pro Bowl
4x First-team All-Pro

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Position: Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #99
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League: NFL

Years active: 1997-2011

Stats: 775 tackles, 139.5 sacks, 8 interceptions, 46 forced fumbles

Career Highlights
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2017)
6x Pro Bowl
3x first-team All-Pro

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Position: Linebacker

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #99
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League: NFL

Years active: 2011-present

Stats: 479 tackles, 96 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 touchdowns

Career Highlights
5x Pro Bowl
5x First-team All-Pro
3x Defensive Player of the Year

Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Position: Defensive end

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