The Greatest Athlete To Wear #22 is Emmitt Smith.
Notable #22’s- in football. Bob Hayes went from being ‘the fastest man alive’ to a game breaking wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Bobby Layne was a hard living, hard drinking quarterback for the great Lions teams in the 1950’s-which is something you can’t say about any Lions teams since and come to think about it they haven’t had a quarterback to match him since either. Doug Flutie wore #22 during his great run at Boston College. Paul Krause is a Hall of Fame DB for Minnesota in the 60’s and 70’s. Roger Wehrli was a Hall of Fame DB for the Cardinals during that same period.
In baseball-Jim Palmer was one of the best pitchers of the 1970’s and the best pitcher the Orioles have ever had and they have had a lot of fine pitchers in their history. Buck O’Neil was a fine player in the Negro Leagues and one of the greatest ambassadors baseball has ever had. Will Clark had a fine career but it never matched the promise he showed in his first couple years.
In hockey Mike Bossy was one of the great goal scorers in the history of the game. He had 9 50 plus goal seasons for the Islanders dynasty.
In basketball Elgin Baylor was Dr. J. before Dr. J..[and Dr J. was the next step towards Michael Jordan} Clyde Drexler was an outstanding player with Houston and Portland. Dave DeBusschere played in the NBA and MLB but was best known as a great rebounder on the last Knick teams to win the NBA title. Sheryl Swoopes helped Texas Tech win an NCAA title, won three Olympic Golds and 4 championships in the WNBA.
The Greatest Athlete To Wear #22 is Emmitt Smith-he just edges out Jim Palmer, Mike Bossy and Elgin Baylor. Emmitt is the all time leading rusher in the NFL which is not to be confused with being the greatest running back in NFL history. Emmitt was outstanding but I don’t think he’s one of the 5ive best ever. Sorry. He is the greatest #22 though.