The greatest athlete to wear #88 is former Minnesota Viking defensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Page.
This was a difficult one to pick. A lot of outstanding candidates and no one sticks out as an easy no brainer selection. Other notable #88’s a couple of the greatest tight ends in football history- John Mackey of the Baltimore Colts who was recognized as the greatest tight end in the first 40 years of NFL history. Tony Gonzalez who will have most of the records for tight ends in history, a future Hall of Famer.Hall of Fame tight end from the Detroit Lions Charlie Sanders. A number of great wide receivers wore #88- Michael Irvin, can’t stand him but he was a great one. Marvin Harrison, Lynn Swann, Drew Pearson were also notable #88’s. In hockey Eric Lindros who great things were expected of, did very well for a short period of time before concussions ended his career.
Alan Page is the choice here. Alan Page was the heart of the Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters defense. He was a 9 time Pro Bowl selection, the MVP in the NFL in 1971. He was the first defensive player to win the MVP Award and only two have ever won it. A two time Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Vikings to four Super Bowls-but all losses. The Vikings never played a good game in the Super Bowl. During his career he had 148.5 sacks. He played with the Vikings from 1967-78 and finished his career with the Chicago Bears 1978-81. I had forgotten those years with the Bears.