Last year, during our 7th anniversary week we went through the best athletes to wear the number 7. So naturally, this year for our 8th anniversary, we decided to follow that up with a list of the best players to ever wear the number 8. Here we go:
Cal Ripken Jr.
Baseball’s Iron Man. It’s absolutely absurd to think that Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games during his career with the Baltimore Orioles. To put that in perspective, only one active player in Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez, has played in more games than that total. The streak stands as maybe the most unbreakable record in baseball (yes, I believe even more than Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak).
Yes, Kobe changed his number in 2007 to #24, but that doesn’t change how great he was when he donned the #8 jersey. He is perhaps the greatest NBA player to ever wear the number, accumulating multiple championships and All-Star Game appearances during that time. There is a better-than-good chance that the Los Angeles Lakers will retire both #8 and #24 when Kobe retires. If that is the case, his #8 would be the first player with that number retired in NBA history.
Following in Joe Montana’s footsteps would be a tough task for any player, but Steve Young didn’t just do it well, he was a Hall of Fame player in his own right. Playing from 1987-1999 with the San Francisco 49ers, Young won a Super Bowl in 1995 and made seven Pro Bowl appearances over that span. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and is one of just two players in NFL history with the #8 retired by a team.