In almost every sporting matchup, the competitors are separated by the different uniforms they wear, and each player is separated by a number on the back of that uniform.
As some teams choose to put names on the back of their jerseys, and other teams choose to keep them blank, it are these numbers on the players’ backs that we, as sports fans, are forced to use to identify our favorites.
With only a finite number of usable numbers to be worn by athletes, there are clearly many instances over the course of sports history where multiple stars have donned the same number. And whether we like it or not, we are forced to mentally choose which of our favorite, or most memorable, players we are going to associate with any given number.
The following looks to stake the claim for the absolute top, most notorious numbers in sports uniforms history, and the one specific superstar who truly represents each of them.