Although we considered both Ed "Too Tall" Jones, and Carlton "Pudge" Fisk for number 72 (Pudge was discounted because he also wore 27 for much of his career,) the best pro athlete to wear the jersey number 72 is Dan Dierdorf.
Many of us know Dan from his stint as the Monday Night Football Announcer, along with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford. However, he was also a pro football player, and a pretty good one at that. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996.
- 6-time Pro Bowler
- 3-time NFLPA NFC Offensive Lineman of the year (1976, 1977, 1978)
- 5-time All-Pro (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980)
Did you know......Dan was born in Canton, OH (and his bust now resides in the Pro Football Hall of Fame there?)
You can read Dan's introduction to the sports book Heroes of the Hall.
(photo courtesy of sportsecyclopedia.com)