The Greatest Athlete To Wear #42 is Jackie Robinson.
Notable #42’s- Ronnie Lott is one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history-the leader of the San Francisco 49ers defense during their great run in the 198o’s. Charley Taylor was a Hall of Fame receiver for the Redskins in the 1960’s and 70’s. Paul Warfield is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history-with the Browns and Dolphins. Johnny Robinson was an outstanding defensive back with the Chiefs in their glory days of the 60’s and early 70’s. Sid Luckman was one of the great quarterbacks in the early part of NFL history with the Bears. In baseball Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history. He will be the last player to ever wear #42. Bruce Sutter is a Hall of Fame closer for the Cubs and Cardinals. in the NBA James Worthy starred his entire career with the Showtime Lakers. Connie Hawkins was one of the legendary schoolyard players who had a fine NBA career. Nate Thurmond was one of the great defensive centers in NBA history. A special mention #42 goes out to Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinal defensive back who quit the NFL to join the special forces. He lost his life in Afghanistan in 2004.
The Greatest Athlete To Wear #42 is a no-brainer. I think of #42 and it’s Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947. He wasn’t the greatest player in the Negro League but he was the right man to go to the major leagues first. He played his entire career with the Dodgers. They’ve retired his #42 all over baseball. When Mariano Rivera hangs it up at the end of the year that will be it. Robinson was a great all-around athlete. Baseball probably wasn’t even his top sport.