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SI's 100 football jerseys

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by cyclingwriter, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    SI put up a feature listing the best NFL players by jersey number. Not all the way through, but figured this would be a good debate.


    First odd one to me is Donovan McNabb at No. 5 over Paul Hornung. Hornung was overrated, but he was the game's biggest threat for a couple fo years. McNabb was never the best player or even QB at any point in his career.
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    You have to click a new page for every number?

  3. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    Other ones that I felt were off.
    12: Brady over a host of guys including Staubach.
    52: Ray Lewis over Mike Webster.
    60: Otto Graham over Chuck Bednarick...my only problem was Graham was already listed at 14.
    75: Deacon Jones over Joe Greene
    84: Shannon Sharpe over his brother Sterling.
    87: Dwight Clark over Dave Casper
    99: Warren Sapp over Dan Hamilton.
  4. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member


    Shannon will be in the HOF, Sterling needs a ticket.
  5. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Had Sterling's neck injury not forced an early retirement, that wouldn't be the case. The guy retired before he turned 30, and he averaged 105 receptions, 1,285 yards and 14 touchdowns in Favre's three years as quarterback -- and before Favre blossomed into an MVP.
  6. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    No problem with 52.

    Big problem with 75.
  7. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    Like OZ said, Sterling was the better player, but got injured. Shannon only got to the NFL because of his brother's name. He excelled and will be a worthy Hall of Famer, but Sterling opened the door.
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Shannon was an impossible matchup for defenses. I would take him over his brother in a heartbeat.
  9. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    But it did.

    So, instead of doing it based on "what ifs", they did it based on what DID happen.

    Weird how some people do that.
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    #41 Tom Matte or Charlie Waters > Keith Byers
    #45 Homer Jones, Emlen Tunnell or Gary Fencik > Kenny Easley.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The Dwight Clark one was the most curious. Sure it was on the cover of SI - but Clark was a two-time PBer - Casper is in the HOF.

    Hell of a way to gin up page views. Anyone notice that Rushin is writing for SI.com again?
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Not while Jim Brown walked the earth.

    McNabb and Hornung in their primes are actually pretty comparable: Pro Bowlers, but not All-Pro.
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