The Best Player to Ever Wear Each NFL Jersey Number

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The Best Player to Ever Wear Each NFL Jersey Number
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It's amazing how much fans identify with a player's jersey number. Say No. 18 in Denver and people instantly think of Peyton Manning. No. 80 in San Francisco will always be Jerry Rice. Reggie White will forever own No. 92 in Philadelphia. 

In fact, jersey numbers are so valued that if a player is dominant enough, his team retires his number after the end of his career. That means no player who plays for that team can ever again wear the same number. That's the highest honor a player can receive. 

There are 100 possible jersey numbers a player can wear, ranging from zero (yes, it's been worn before) to 99. The following slides will highlight the greatest player in league history to wear each number. 

Author's note: For players who wore more than one number throughout their career, I tried to pick the number they either wore the most or made their biggest contribution in. 

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