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Template:More references Teams in the National Football League (NFL) retire jersey numbers of players who either are considered by the team to have made significant contributions to that team's success, or who have experienced untimely deaths during their playing career. As with other leagues, once a team retires a player's jersey number, it never issues the number to any other player, unless the player or team explicitly allows it.

Since NFL teams began retiring numbers, 139 players have had their jersey number retired. The Chicago Bears have the most retired numbers of any team with 14. Only one player, Reggie White, has had their number retired by two teams. Three teams – the Oakland Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons,[1] and the Dallas Cowboys – traditionally do not retire jersey numbers, and two others – the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers – only do so in extremely rare circumstances.[citation needed] Also without a retired jersey number are the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, although those teams are less than 25 years old (although some numbers have been placed out of circulation).[2] The Raiders and Texans have a strict policy of not keeping a number out of circulation.

Unlike Major League Baseball (which retired Jackie Robinson's number) and the National Hockey League (which did so for Wayne Gretzky), the NFL has never retired a jersey number league-wide in honor of anyone. Numbers 0 and 00 are no longer allowed, but were not retired in honor of any particular player, since the NFL's positional numbering system, imposed in 1973, does not allocate a position for players wearing those numbers (the NFL allowed those numbers in the past; Johnny Olszewski, Obert Logan, Jim Otto and Ken Burrough all wore 0 or 00). The numbers can be, and rarely are, used in the preseason when no other numbers for a player's position are available.[3]

Retired numbersEdit

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Otto Graham in 1959

Otto Graham, whose number 14 was retired by the Browns, at his new job, as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Athletic Director in 1959

Lenny Moore in 2011

Lenny Moore, whose number 24 was retired by the Colts, poses for a picture at Baltimore in 2011

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Phil Simms in 2003

Phil Simms, whose number 11 was retired by the Giants, signing autographs at Rams Park in 2003

Gale Sayers giving a speech in 2008

Gale Sayers, whose number 40 was retired by the Bears, giving a keynote speech at an awards ceremony in 2008 for the U.S. Army High School Football Player of the Year award

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Player No. Team Years with team Date number retired Refs[4]
Wilson, LarryLarry Wilson 8 Arizona Cardinals 1960–72 1970
Tillman, PatPat Tillman 40 Arizona Cardinals 1998–2001 September 19, 2004 [5]
Mauldin, StanStan Mauldin 77 Arizona Cardinals 1946–48
Cain, J. V.J. V. Cain 88 Arizona Cardinals 1974–78 1979
Goldberg, MarshallMarshall Goldberg 99 Arizona Cardinals 1939–43, 1946–48
Kelly, JimJim Kelly 12 Buffalo Bills 1986–96 November 19, 2001 [6]
Thomas, ThurmanThurman Thomas 34 Buffalo Bills 1988–99 October 30, 2018 [7]
Smith, BruceBruce Smith 78 Buffalo Bills 1985–99 September 15, 2016 [8]
Mills, SamSam Mills 51 Carolina Panthers 1995–97 2005
Nagurski, BronkoBronko Nagurski 3 Chicago Bears 1930–37, 1943
McAfee, GeorgeGeorge McAfee 5 Chicago Bears 1940–41, 1945–50
Halas, GeorgeGeorge Halas 7 Chicago Bears 1920–28
Galimore, WillieWillie Galimore 28 Chicago Bears 1957–63
Payton, WalterWalter Payton 34 Chicago Bears 1975–87
Sayers, GaleGale Sayers 40 Chicago Bears 1965–71 October 31, 1994
Piccolo, BrianBrian Piccolo 41 Chicago Bears 1965–69
Luckman, SidSid Luckman 42 Chicago Bears 1939–50
Butkus, DickDick Butkus 51 Chicago Bears 1965–73 October 31, 1994
Hewitt, BillBill Hewitt 56 Chicago Bears 1932–36
George, BillBill George 61 Chicago Bears 1952–65
Turner, BulldogBulldog Turner 66 Chicago Bears 1940–52
Grange, RedRed Grange 77 Chicago Bears 1925–34
Ditka, MikeMike Ditka 89 Chicago Bears 1961–66 December 9, 2013
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 54 Cincinnati Bengals 1968–79 December 17, 1978
Graham, OttoOtto Graham 14 Cleveland Browns 1946–55
Brown, JimJim Brown 32 Cleveland Browns 1957–65
Davis, ErnieErnie Davis 45 Cleveland Browns 1962[9]
Fleming, DonDon Fleming 46 Cleveland Browns 1960–62
Groza, LouLou Groza 76 Cleveland Browns 1946–59, 1961–67 1968 [10][11]
Elway, JohnJohn Elway 7 Denver Broncos 1983–99
Tripucka, FrankFrank Tripucka

*Peyton Manning

18 Denver Broncos 1960–63

*2012-2016

1963 [12]
Little, FloydFloyd Little 44 Denver Broncos 1967–75
Clark, DutchDutch Clark 7 Detroit Lions 1934–38
Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders 20 Detroit Lions 1989–98
Layne, BobbyBobby Layne 22 Detroit Lions 1950–58
Walker, DoakDoak Walker 37 Detroit Lions 1950–55
Schmidt, JoeJoe Schmidt 56 Detroit Lions 1953–65
Hughes, ChuckChuck Hughes 85 Detroit Lions 1970–71
Canadeo, TonyTony Canadeo 3 Green Bay Packers 1941–52 1952
Favre, BrettBrett Favre 4 Green Bay Packers 1992–2007 November 26, 2015
Hutson, DonDon Hutson 14 Green Bay Packers 1935–45 December 2, 1951
Starr, BartBart Starr 15 Green Bay Packers 1956–71 1973
Nitschke, RayRay Nitschke 66 Green Bay Packers 1958–72 1983
White, ReggieReggie White 92 Green Bay Packers 1993–98 September 18, 2005 [13]
Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning 18 Indianapolis Colts 1998–2011 October 8, 2017 [14]
Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas 19 Indianapolis Colts 1956–72 [15]
Young, BuddyBuddy Young 22 Indianapolis Colts 1953–55 [15]
Moore, LennyLenny Moore 24 Indianapolis Colts 1956–67 [15]
Donovan, ArtArt Donovan 70 Indianapolis Colts 1953–61 1962 [15]
Parker, JimJim Parker 77 Indianapolis Colts 1957–67 [15]
Berry, RaymondRaymond Berry 82 Indianapolis Colts 1955–67 [15]
Marchetti, GinoGino Marchetti 89 Indianapolis Colts 1953–66 [15]
Stenerud, JanJan Stenerud 3 Kansas City Chiefs 1967–79 August 24, 1992
Dawson, LenLen Dawson 16 Kansas City Chiefs 1962–75
Thomas, EmmittEmmitt Thomas 18 Kansas City Chiefs 1966–78 October 19, 2008 [16]
Haynes, AbnerAbner Haynes 28 Kansas City Chiefs 1960–74
Johnson, StoneStone Johnson 33 Kansas City Chiefs 1963 September 8, 1963 [17]
Hill, Mack LeeMack Lee Hill 36 Kansas City Chiefs 1964–65
Thomas, DerrickDerrick Thomas 58 Kansas City Chiefs 1989–99 December 6, 2009 [18]
Lanier, WillieWillie Lanier 63 Kansas City Chiefs 1967–77 August 24, 1992
Bell, BobbyBobby Bell 78 Kansas City Chiefs 1963–74 1984
Buchanan, BuckBuck Buchanan 86 Kansas City Chiefs 1963–75 August 24, 1992
Fouts, DanDan Fouts 14 Los Angeles Chargers 1973–87 1988 [19][20][21]
Alworth, LanceLance Alworth 19 Los Angeles Chargers 1962–70 November 20, 2005 [21][22]
Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson 21 Los Angeles Chargers 2001–09 November 21, 2015 [21][23]
Seau, JuniorJunior Seau 55 Los Angeles Chargers 1990–02 May 11, 2012 [21][24]
Waterfield, BobBob Waterfield 7 Los Angeles Rams 1945–52 1952
Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk 28 Los Angeles Rams 1999–2006 December 21, 2007 [25]
Dickerson, EricEric Dickerson 29 Los Angeles Rams 1983–87
Olsen, MerlinMerlin Olsen 74 Los Angeles Rams 1962–76
Jones, DeaconDeacon Jones 75 Los Angeles Rams 1961–71 September 27, 2009 [26]
Slater, JackieJackie Slater 78 Los Angeles Rams 1976–95
Bruce, IsaacIsaac Bruce 80 Los Angeles Rams 1994–2007 October 31, 2010 [27]
Youngblood, JackJack Youngblood 85 Los Angeles Rams 1971–84
Griese, BobBob Griese 12 Miami Dolphins 1967–80 1985
Marino, DanDan Marino 13 Miami Dolphins 1983–99 November 23, 2003
Csonka, LarryLarry Csonka 39 Miami Dolphins 1968–74, 1979 2002
Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton 10 Minnesota Vikings 1961–66, 1972–78 October 7, 1979
Tingelhoff, MickMick Tingelhoff 53 Minnesota Vikings 1962–78 November 25, 2001
Marshall, JimJim Marshall 70 Minnesota Vikings 1961–79 November 28, 1999
Stringer, KoreyKorey Stringer 77 Minnesota Vikings 1995–2000 November 19, 2001
Carter, CrisCris Carter 80 Minnesota Vikings 1990–2001 September 14, 2003
Page, AlanAlan Page 88 Minnesota Vikings 1967–78 September 25, 1988
Cappelletti, GinoGino Cappelletti 20 New England Patriots 1960–70 [28]
Haynes, MikeMike Haynes 40 New England Patriots 1976–82 [29]
Nelson, SteveSteve Nelson 57 New England Patriots 1974–87 July 11, 1988 [29]
Hannah, JohnJohn Hannah 73 New England Patriots 1973–85 [29]
Armstrong, BruceBruce Armstrong 78 New England Patriots 1987–2000 2000 [29]
Hunt, Jim LeeJim Lee Hunt 79 New England Patriots 1960–70 [29]
Dee, BobBob Dee 89 New England Patriots 1960–67 [29]
Taylor, JimJim Taylor 31 New Orleans Saints 1967
Atkins, DougDoug Atkins 81 New Orleans Saints 1967–69 December 19, 1969
Flaherty, RayRay Flaherty 1 New York Giants 1928–35
Leemans, TuffyTuffy Leemans 4 New York Giants 1936–43
Hein, MelMel Hein 7 New York Giants 1931–45
Simms, PhilPhil Simms 11 New York Giants 1979–93 September 4, 1995
Cuff, WardWard Cuff 14 New York Giants 1937–45 [30]
Tittle, Y. A.Y. A. Tittle 14 New York Giants 1961–64 1965
Gifford, FrankFrank Gifford 16 New York Giants 1952–64 October 19, 2000
Blozis, AlAl Blozis 32 New York Giants 1942–44 1945
Morrison, JoeJoe Morrison 40 New York Giants 1959–72 1970
Conerly, CharlieCharlie Conerly 42 New York Giants 1948–61 1962
Strong, KenKen Strong 50 New York Giants 1936–47 Prior to 1968
Taylor, LawrenceLawrence Taylor 56 New York Giants 1981–93 October 11, 1994
Namath, JoeJoe Namath 12 New York Jets 1965–76 October 14, 1985
Maynard, DonDon Maynard 13 New York Jets 1963–72
Martin, CurtisCurtis Martin 28 New York Jets 1998–2005 September 9, 2012 [31]
Klecko, JoeJoe Klecko 73 New York Jets 1977–87 December 26, 2004
Byrd, DennisDennis Byrd 90 New York Jets 1989–92 October 28, 2012 [32][33]
McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabb 5 Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2009 September 20, 2013 [34]
Van Buren, SteveSteve Van Buren 15 Philadelphia Eagles 1944–51 1951 [35]
Dawkins, BrianBrian Dawkins 20 Philadelphia Eagles 1996–2008 September 30, 2012 [36]
Brookshier, TomTom Brookshier 40 Philadelphia Eagles 1953–61 1962 [35]
Retzlaff, PetePete Retzlaff 44 Philadelphia Eagles 1956–66 1965 [35]
Bednarik, ChuckChuck Bednarik 60 Philadelphia Eagles 1949–62
Wistert, AlAl Wistert 70 Philadelphia Eagles 1944–51 1952 [35]
White, ReggieReggie White 92 Philadelphia Eagles 1985–92 December 5, 2005 [35][37]
Brown, JeromeJerome Brown 99 Philadelphia Eagles 1987–91 September 6, 1992 [35][38]
Stautner, ErnieErnie Stautner 70 Pittsburgh Steelers 1950–63 October 25, 1964
Greene, JoeJoe Greene 75 Pittsburgh Steelers 1969–81 November 2, 2014 [39]
Young, SteveSteve Young 8 San Francisco 49ers 1987–99 October 5, 2008 [40]
Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie 12 San Francisco 49ers 1957–73 [41]
Montana, JoeJoe Montana 16 San Francisco 49ers 1979–92 December 15, 1997
Perry, JoeJoe Perry 34 San Francisco 49ers 1948–60 1971
Johnson, JimmyJimmy Johnson 37 San Francisco 49ers 1961–76 1977
McElhenny, HughHugh McElhenny 39 San Francisco 49ers 1952–60
Lott, RonnieRonnie Lott 42 San Francisco 49ers 1981–90 November 17, 2003 [42]
Krueger, CharlieCharlie Krueger 70 San Francisco 49ers 1959–73 1974
Nomellini, LeoLeo Nomellini 73 San Francisco 49ers 1950–63 1971
St. Clair, BobBob St. Clair 79 San Francisco 49ers 1953–63 December 2, 2001
Rice, JerryJerry Rice 80 San Francisco 49ers 1985–2000 September 20, 2010 [43]
Clark, DwightDwight Clark 87 San Francisco 49ers 1979–87 1988
Easley, KennyKenny Easley 45 Seattle Seahawks 1981–87 October 1, 2017
Jones, WalterWalter Jones 71 Seattle Seahawks 1997–2009 December 5, 2010
Largent, SteveSteve Largent 80 Seattle Seahawks 1976–89 1992 [44]
Kennedy, CortezCortez Kennedy 96 Seattle Seahawks 1990–2000 October 14, 2012 [45][46]
Fans (12th man) 12 Seattle Seahawks 1984– December 15, 1984
Brooks, DerrickDerrick Brooks 55 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995–08 September 14, 2014 [47]
Selmon, Lee RoyLee Roy Selmon 63 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976–84 September 15, 1986
Sapp, WarrenWarren Sapp 99 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995–03 November 11, 2013 [48]
Moon, WarrenWarren Moon 1 Tennessee Titans 1984–93 October 1, 2006 [49][50]
Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell 34 Tennessee Titans 1978–84 August 13, 1987
Norton, JimJim Norton 43 Tennessee Titans 1960–68 June 6 2019
Munchak, MikeMike Munchak 63 Tennessee Titans 1982–93 1996
Bethea, ElvinElvin Bethea 65 Tennessee Titans 1968–83
Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews 74 Tennessee Titans 1983–2001
Baugh, SammySammy Baugh 33 Washington Redskins 1937–52

Pending retirements Edit

Player No. Team Years with team Date number to be retired Refs
McNair, SteveSteve McNair 9 Tennessee Titans 1995–2005 September 15, 2019 [51]
George, EddieEddie George 27 Tennessee Titans 1996–2003 September 15, 2019 [51]

Key:

*- Player listed as honorable mention and was allowed to wear number after original retirement

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Atlanta Falcons Ring Of Honor". AtlantaFalcons.com. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/history/ring-of-honor/.
  2. Team Encyclopedias and Records - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. "The 00 Fad: It's Much Ado About Nothing". The Chicago Tribune. May 27, 1990. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-05-27/sports/9002150239_1_non-number-loneliest-number-basic-number.
  4. "NFL Retired Player Numbers". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/history/retirednumbers. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. "Pat Tillman". https://www.si.com/photos/2006/09/06-1pat-tillman#4. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  6. The Times newspaper 2001-12-19, scanned and uploaded to Google News, retrieved December 6, 2011
  7. Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number 34 during Monday's game. Rochester First (October 29, 2018). Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  8. Bills’ Bruce Smith to have jersey number retired at 2016 home opener. WIVB-TV (May 10, 2016). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  9. Davis was a member of the 1962 Browns team but due to a bout of cancer that at the time was in remission, coach Paul Brown refused to play him. The cancer returned later in 1962, eventually killing Davis in the 1963 offseason. Ernie Davis biography
  10. "Lou "The Toe" Groza". http://www.grozacharitygolf.org/page7/. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  11. "Lou Groza". http://americanfootballkickinghalloffame.com/project/lou-groza/. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  12. Peyton Manning received permission from Frank Tripucka to wear No. 18 during his time with the Broncos.
  13. "Packers retire Reggie White's jersey" Script error, October 11, 1999
  14. [1]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Played for the Colts while the franchise was at Baltimore.
  16. "Kansas City Chiefs to retire Emmitt Thomas' number" - KC Chiefs online Script error
  17. Johnson died from injuries sustained in the 1963 preseason, his rookie campaign. Stone Johnson died 50 years ago from injury in NFL game
  18. "Chiefs retire Thomas' No. 58 at half" - ESPN, December 6, 2009
  19. Hewitt, Brian (March 31, 1988). "Chargers Have Seen Their Final No. 14 : Spanos Says Fouts' Jersey to Become Only One Retired by Team". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-31/sports/sp-727_1_dan-fouts. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  20. Crow, Alfie (May 12, 2012). "Chargers Will Retire Junior Seau's No. 55". https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/5/12/3016108/junior-seau-chargers-jersey-retired-55. Retrieved December 30, 2018. "Fouts' number was retired in 1988 and Alworth's was retired in 2005."
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Played for the Chargers while the franchise was at San Diego.
  22. "On a banner day for Alworth, Chargers retire jersey No. 19", The San Diego Union Tribune, November 21, 2005
  23. "Chargers To Retire LaDainian Tomlinson's Number"
  24. ESPN, May 11, 2012
  25. "Rams retire Faulk's No. 28 jersey at halftime", NFL news (official), December 22, 2007
  26. "Rams retire Jones' No. 75 jersey", ESPN, September 27, 2009
  27. "Rams retire Isaac Bruce's number", ESPN, October 31, 2010
  28. "Gino Cappelletti: New England" - Taste of the NFL website
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 "Patriots Grogan and Bledsoe Caught in Retired Numbers Game" - Bleacher Report
  30. http://prod.static.giants.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/pdf/giants-history.pdf
  31. "Curtis Martin has jersey number retired by Jets", Daynews, September 9, 2012
  32. Cimini, Rich (October 24, 2012). "The bond no man could break". ESPNNewYork.com. http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8541822/former-new-york-jets-scott-mersereau-dennis-byrd-share-bond-life-changing-collision-break. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  33. Lange, Randy (October 28, 2012). "Jets Come Up Empty in 30-9 Loss to Dolphins". NewYorkJets.com. http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-1/Jets-Come-Up-Empty-in-30-9-Loss-to-Dolphins/e203e83d-996b-45ab-920b-a2cde3093f7c. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  34. "Donovan McNabb cheered in Philly"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 Daily Philadelphian.com Script error, August 14, 2011
  36. Dawkins Speaks, Number Retired
  37. "Eagles honor Reggie White, retire his jersey", ESPN, December 5, 2005
  38. "Eagles make sure no one wears 99 again" - The Morning Call, September 7, 1992
  39. http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/11/02/Jersey-retirement-brings-out-the-emotions-in-Mean-Joe-Greene/stories/201411020265
  40. "49ers to retire Young's #8", TSN website, September 25, 2008
  41. Trent Dilfer received permission from Brodie, a personal friend, to wear #12 during his time with the 49ers."Dilfer to wear longtime hero Brodie's No. 12", ESPN, July 28, 2006
  42. "49ers to retire Lott's jersey" - SF Gate.com, November 6, 2003
  43. "49ers retire Jerry Rice's number at half" - ESPN, September 21, 2010
  44. Jerry Rice received permission from Largent to wear #80 during his time with the Seahawks."Seahawks/NFL: Loan of No. 80 a class act by Hawks' classiest", October 22, 2004
  45. "Seahawks retire Cortez Kennedy's No. 96", King5.com Script error, October 14, 2012
  46. "Hawks to retire Cortez Kennedy’s jersey", The News Tribune, October 11, 2012
  47. Brooks' #55 To Be Retired
  48. "Bucs to retire Warren Sapp's No. 99", May 2, 2013
  49. "Titans Retire Warren Moon's No. 1", October 6, 2010
  50. Retired jersey numbers on Titans website
  51. 51.0 51.1 Wagner-McGough, Sean (June 12, 2019). "Titans to retire Steve McNair's No. 9 and Eddie George's No. 27 jerseys during home opener". https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/titans-to-retire-steve-mcnairs-no-9-and-eddie-georges-no-27-jerseys-during-home-opener/. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
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