The Greatest Athlete To Wear #17 is John “Hondo” Havlicek.
Notable #17’s- in basketball Chris Mullen had a Hall of Fame career at St.John’s and in the NBA. Jari Kurri was a great goal scorer for Edmonton in their dynasty years. In football Harold Carmichael was a 6’8′ wide receiver who was hard to cover for the Eagles. Jim Hart was a fine quarterback for the St.Louis Cardinals. Dandy Don Meredith was a fine quarterback for the Cowboys before moving on to greater fame as part of the Monday Night Football crew. Billy “The Kid” Kilmer was a gutsy quarterback most remembered for his time in Washington. Brian Sipe was the best quarterback Cleveland had post-Otto Graham.
A number of notable baseball players with #17- Todd Helton, Keith Hernandez, Carl Erskine, Lance Berkman, Denny McLain the last 30 game winner. Joe Garagiola wore #17 before moving on to greater fame as a baseball announcer. Dizzy Dean was a great pitcher before injuries derailed his career.
The Greatest Athlete To Wear #17 is Boston Celtic legend John “Hondo” Havlicek who starred for the Celtics for 16 seasons. The Celtics won the title in 8 of his 16 seasons. He was the greatest sixth man in NBA history. He was a 13 time All-Star and averaged over 20 points a game in his career. An outstanding athlete Havlicek was also drafted out of Ohio State in football by the Cleveland Browns. He made the right choice playing basketball.