Power Rankings: Famous 42s





1)
Jackie Robinson
Jackie is the only man in the history of sports to have his number retired by an entire league. Not to mention the fact that there’s no one else on this list who has their own song, sung by Count Basie or Natalie Cole, depending on which version one prefers.
2)
Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera, he's the best closer in the history of the game. He has dominated since the days he was a setup man in 1995. It's not just regular season domination; it is also postseason. He is the best, period. His nickname says it all: "The Sandman."
3)
Ronnie Lott
NFL Hall-Of-Famer, 10-time Pro-bowler, four . . . count 'em . . . FOUR Super Bowl rings, all won with that great Joe Montana 49ers team. Perhaps the best DB to ever play the game.
4)
Sid Luckman
Led a legendary Chicago Bears team to four NFL Championships (including a narrow 73-0 victory over the Redskins in 1940). A pioneer of the T-formation, he threw almost as many INTs as TDs.
5)
James Worthy
Member of the North Carolina Tar Heels, drafted first overall by the Lakers in 1982. Seven-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion.
6)
Bruce Sutter
I put him in the middle of this group of great No. 42s, because he is a classic throwback player who played with true class. He was one of the earliest clutch closers. He was a true professional, on and off the field.
7)
Vin Baker
Dubbed “America's Best Kept Secret” by “Sports Illustrated.” The only secret he kept was the alcoholism that ended his career in 2006.
8)
Mo Vaughn
How’s this for a resume: former American League MVP, alleged PED user, named after one of the Three Stooges.
9)
Elton Brand
Member of the Duke Blue Devils, drafted first overall by the Bulls in 1999. Two-time All-Star and currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
10)
Jerry Stackhouse
Typically, the jersey 42 destines you for greatness. Jerry was hyped as the next Jordan, but he must have missed the memo. He's closer to the next Joe Johnson.

The Power Rankings are compiled by MyBriefs staff writers Joseph Laguerre, Franklin Lee, Graham J. Noble, Tyler Pisani and Christopher Wilson and are sponsored by Panda Express.

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