Numbers are a crazy thing. You see them all day, every day, but yet so many of them have significant meaning in a sports context.
Some are automatic – like #23 will always be MJ’s (Sorry, LeBron!) while others, like numbers 8 and 24 have been debated amongst die-hard Kobe fans as to what Black Mamba’s “real” number is.
When a player’s number is so closely tied to an organization for the player’s contributions to the team’s success and their own accomplishments, sports franchises honor the player by retiring their jersey number, so no one else can ever wear that number again.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of numbers retired by every sports team in all major sports (and some colleges, too) but only a small amount of those players have their jerseys retired by more than one organization.
Here are the 33 players who have that distinct honor.
Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, University of Tennessee
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, UCLA
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Auburn