Friday

Athlete Number 92 - Reggie White

Reggie White, "the Minister of Defense," is the best professional athlete to ever wear jersey number 92. Reggie was posthumously enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, being justly awarded for his stellar NFL career spanning 1985 through 2000. He was known predominantly as a star defensive end with both the Eagles (1985 - 1992,) and the Packers (1993 - 1998) although he also played with the Carolina Panthers in 2000.

Some of Reggie White's NFL accolades:

  • Selected to 13 consecutive Pro Bowls (1986-1998)
  • 198 career NFL sacks (2nd all-time behind Bruce Smith)
  • 21 sacks in 12-game, strike shortened 1987 season (2nd all-time behind Michael Strahan's 22 in 2001)
  • Only player ever to be selected to Pro Football Weekly's 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams (according to packers.com)
  • Member of the NFLs 75th anniversary all-time team
  • Led the NFL in sacks for two seasons
  • Ten or more sacks in nine consecutive seasons
  • Double-digit sack numbers in 12 seasons

Reggie's jersey number 92 was retired by the Eagles, Packers and the University of Tennessee in 2005.

Did you know......Reggie White started his Pro Football career in the USFL with the Memphis Showboats?

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Monday

Athlete Number 91 - Sergei Fedorov

The "Russian Rocket," Sergei Fedorov is the best professional athlete to wear jersey number 91. Sergei blasted onto the NHL scene after being taken number 74 overall in the NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Fedorov spent thirteen years wearing a Red Wings jersey (1990-91 season to 2002-03 season,) and currently ranks fourth all-time in points for the Wings. After making his mark with the Wings, Sergei spent two brief years with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and is now with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 1993-94 season was Sergei's most prolific, as he tallied 120 total points on the ice (56 goals and 64 assists.) Also known for his defensive prowess, Fedorov has twice won the Frank J. Selke award given to the NHL forward who displays the most defensive skill (1994 and 1996.) 1994 was a banner year for Sergei as he also took home the Hart Memorial Trophy given to the MVP of the NHL, as well as winning the Lester B. Pearson award given to the regular season's most outstanding player as judged by the NHLPA.

Did you know.....Sergei scored 79 points in his rookie season with the Red Wings?

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Sunday

Athlete Number 90 - Neil Smith

A force at defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, and San Diego Chargers, Neil Smith is the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 90.

Selected second overall by the Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft out of the University of Nebraska, Smith played in only thirteen games, accumulating 2.5 sacks in his rookie year. His numbers dramatically increased from there. He recorded 7.5 sacks in his sophomore season, and 9.5 sacks one year later. Smith peaked in sack totals with 15 in 1993. All told, he went on to accumulate 105.5 sacks over a thirteen year career.

Smith played the majority of his NFL career wearing a Kansas City Chiefs' jersey, from 1988 to 1996. However, after departing K.C. for Denver in 1997, Smith became a member of a team that won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII.) He also played one year with the Chargers. He is most notably linked with the Chiefs, and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame as of 2006.

Did you know.....Smith is a co-owner of the Kansas City Brigade in the Arena Football League?

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Thursday

Athlete Number 89 - Mike Ditka

Who was the first tight end elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Yes, it was "Iron" Mike Ditka, the best professional athlete to ever wear the uniform number 89.

In 1961, Mike Ditka was honored as the Rookie of the Year with an astonishing twelve touchdown receptions, with 56 catches overall for 1,076 yards. Not too shabby for a rookie. Ditka, of course, was drafted by the Chicago Bears, but also played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

He played in five straight Pro Bowls (1961-1965,) and was an NFL All-Pro four times (1961-1964.) He was a member of the Chicago Bears 1963 NFL Championship team, and was the coach of the Bears 1985 Super Bowl Championship team.

Mike had his most prolific single season for receptions in 1964 with 75 grabs. Over a twelve year career, Mike amassed 5,812 yards receiving, 427 receptions and 43 touchdowns.

Did you know......Mike scored the last touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI?


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Saturday

Athlete Number 88 - Marvin Harrison


Lynn Swann was great, as was Michael Irvin, however Marvin Harrison is the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 88.

He's not flashy and you don't hear about him off the field. He just plays the game, plays all-out, catches the ball and finds the endzone. In his twelve-year career wearing an NFL jersey, Harrison has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.) According to pro-football-reference.com, Harrison is currently third on the NFL's all-time list for receiving touchdowns with 123 (as of Sept. 14, 2007,) fourth on the list for receptions with 1,026, and fifth in receiving yards with 13,780. These numbers are over a twelve year span including 2007(he has only played one game so far in 2007.)

Harrison had a stellar year in 2002, setting the NFL record for most pass receptions in a season with 143. He also finished that year second on the all-time list for most single season games with 100 or more yards receiving, with 10 such games (behind only Michael Irvin with 11.)

Did you know......Harrison played his college ball at Syracuse University?


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Sunday

Athlete Number 87 - Dave Casper

An NFL veteran of the Raiders, Oilers and Vikings, as well as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Dave "The Ghost" Casper is the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 87. Dave Casper's first three years of college at Notre Dame, he played football as a lineman. In fact, in 1972, Casper was honorable All-American at the tackle position. His senior year, "The Ghost" converted to a tight end and was selected as an All-American.

Drafted in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft, Casper played as a backup tight end for Oakland. During the offseason, John Madden reportedly thought of converting Casper to an offensive lineman. However, after Casper came into training camp a little trimmer than the previous season, he was kept at the tight end position.

Dave was a five time pro-bowler in his NFL career (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981,) and four time all-pro (1976-1979.) He was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl XI championship team, where the Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14. Over his eleven year career, Dave Casper had 378 receptions for 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns as a tight end.

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