For November 11th (11/11), here are the 11 best athletes to ever wear the number 11.
November 11, 2013
1 of 11Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
Messier is the only player to captain two franchises (Oilers and Rangers) to Stanley Cup victories; his jersey is retired in both cities. He ranks second on the all-time regular season scoring list (1,887 points).
2 of 11Marvin E. Newman for Sports Illustrated
Norm Van Brocklin
"The Dutchman" was the 1960 NFL MVP and helped the Eagles win an NFL Championship in the same year. Van Brocklin won passing titles in 1950 and 1952 and was named to nine Pro Bowls.
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Thomas won two NBA championships and the 1990 Finals MVP award. The 11-time All-Star was also an NCAA champion with Indiana in 1981.
4 of 11Ronald C. Modra for Sports Illustrated
The shortstop was a pivotal part of the Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series team and won the 1995 NL MVP award. He was also 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger and three-time Gold Glove winner.
5 of 11Andy Hayt for Sports Illustrated
Simms had one of the finest performances in Super Bowl history, completing 22 of his 25 pass attempts (88%) to help the Giants to a 39-20 victory over the Broncos. The two-time Pro Bowl QB was the MVP of Super Bowl XXI.
6 of 11Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated
McAdoo, the 1975 NBA MVP, was also a two-time NBA champion, three-time scoring champion and five-time All-Star. He is also one of the best U.S. players ever to play basketball in Europe.
7 of 11David Liam Kyle for Sports Illustrated
Martinez spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, where he was a seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger. He also won AL batting titles in 1992 and 1995.
8 of 11Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated
The center of Buffalo's French Connection line leads the Sabres franchise in goals, assists, points and games played. Perreault was also a nine-time NHL All-Star.
9 of 11Richard Mackson for Sports Illustrated
Bledsoe played for the Patriots, Bills and Cowboys during his 14-year NFL career. The No. 1 overall draft pick was a four-time Pro Bowl pick.
10 of 11Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated
The former top overall pick went on to become a 12-time NBA All-Star with the Rockets and Bullets. He won an NBA Championship in 1978.
11 of 11Tom Sande/AP
The New York Giants' pitcher famous for his screwball was a nine-time All-Star, two-time NL MVP and 1933 World Series champion.
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