No. 36

by Nathan Hague

Jerome Abram Bettis, better known as “The Bus,” leaves little room for argument about being the best athlete to ever wear No. 36. Bettis is sixth all time when it comes to NFL rushing yard leaders. He retired in 2006 after helping his Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit.

Bettis was drafted by the then Los Angeles Rams in 1993 as he played for the LA/St. Louis Rams through 1995. From there, he went to the Steel City where he played for the Steelers for the remainder of his career.

In his career, Bettis was a six-time Pro Bowler, the 2001 Walter Payton Man of the Year, the 1993 NFL Rookie of the Year, the 1996 NFL Comeback of the Year. He finished his career with 13,662 rushing yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He also had 200 receptions for 1,449 yards. He scored 94 touchdowns in his career.

He is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Fame and in August of 2015, the Bus’ final stop will be Canton, Ohio where he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not only is his number retired in Pittsburgh, but he’s clearly the best athlete to ever wear No. 36.

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No. 37

by Ben Dieter

doak-walker-detroit-lionsNo. 37 was a tough one, there were not as many to chose from as some of the other numbers, and I decided to go with Doak Walker. The native Texan played his entire career with the Detroit Lions, where he was a all-star four times, led the NFL in scoring twice, and led the Lions to back to back NFL Championships in 1952 and 1953. Walkers number has been retired by the Lions and he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Walker played a long time ago, but his accomplishments are still impressive. He has an award named after him that is given to the best running back in college football every year. Walker died in 1998, but his memory lives on through his award. Doak Walker is the best athlete to ever wear number 37.

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The Curse of the Ryan Express

The Following post was written by Nathan Hague for the Marshall News Messenger. If he wanted to, Nolan Ryan could probably run for the governor of Texas and win in a landslide. He’s beloved by Houston Astros fans and deeply missed by Texas Rangers fans. Back in 2010, I attended a game in Houston while […]

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No. 38

Curt Schilling didn’t get his call from Cooperstown, much to the surprise of many people. You’d be hard-pressed to find too many people who have played the game better than Schilling and you’d be even more hard-pressed to find a better athlete in all of sports to wear No. 38. One of the things Schilling […]

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NFL to use Nerf footballs?

The following may not be true, but how big of a stretch is it really? GLENDALE AZ — In the wake of what many are calling “DeflateGate”, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposed his own solution: “Nerf or Nothing”. “There are many advantages to using Nerf footballs and to quickly dismiss the ideas of implementing them […]

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No. 39

In 1968, Akron, Ohio native Larry Csonka took his talents to South Beach when he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. It was there that the fullback sported No. 39 and helped lead the 1972 Dolphins to a perfect 17-0 record on their way to win Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins went back the following […]

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Best of the 40s

When it comes to choosing the best of the 40s in our Jersey Countdown, there’s really no contest. When one’s number is retired league wide in his sport, that says all you need to know. That’s the cast for Jackie Robinson, and only Jackie Robinson who’s No. 42 is retired from the sport, except for […]

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No. 40 – Gale Sayers

There have been some good athletes to wear the number 40 over the years and in all sports. Bill Laimbeer comes to mind in the NBA, Troy Percival was a good baseball closer once completing 42 saves in one season. But in my opinion, the best player to ever wear No. 40 was Gale Sayers. […]

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Super Bowl Winners’ Bracket

As sports fans, we’re all constantly comparing athletes and teams of different eras when there’s really no way of knowing for certain. How would Tom Brady do against Terry Bradshaw? Could Troy Aikman and company beat the Packers in the Ice Bowl? Well perhaps now we can know. I’ve put together a bracket of all […]

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NBA Preview

On our last podcast, we previewed the NBA by giving our Finals Preview, MVP and Coach of the Year. Before we get too far into the NBA, I just like to say I change my pick for Coach of the Year from Rick Carlisle to Doc Rivers. The reason for change is not because the […]

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