NFL's greatest players by number
"All 32 teams passed on me so that's the reason I asked for it," says Jones-Drew, the 60th overall selection in the 2006 draft. "I wanted the number 21 originally, and that number had been in my family, college, high school and Pop Warner. My grandfather had it. My cousins had it. But in Jacksonville, [cornerback]
Jones-Drew owns one of the NFL's most gilded numbers. Among those who have worn 32:
For research, we culled through dozens of NFL media guides, as well as archived stories from the Sports Illustrated library and the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. But the greatest resource was the bible of NFL numerology,
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Our easiest choices?
Numbers that lacked star quality: 61 (
The toughest calls?
Numbers with star power: 12 (Bradshaw, Brady,
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