I went back and forth on who should be the best to wear no. 27. There was Eddie George, who had a decent NFL career, but I don’t think it was hall of fame worthy, and although he was good, I am not sure I can call him the best to wear 27. Then there was a Texas Ranger killer named Valdimir Guerrero, who had a great career and even played for the Rangers for a season.
But I am not going with either of those guys, I think I have to pick Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. Fisk had a career .269 average, he hit 367 home runs, knocked in 1330 RBI, and was an all star eleven times during his nearly 2500 games played. Fisk had his number retired by the Red Sox and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Fisk was one of the great catchers of all time, and he was the home run leader for catchers until he was finally passed by Mike Piazza. Fisk was a great catcher, a great hitter, and in my opinion, well deserving of being called the best ever to wear no. 27.
As we continue the Hague Sports Jersey Countdown with No. 28, we follow up Eric Dickerson with
Marshall Faulk another running back who also happened to play for the Colts and the Rams.
Faulk was a major key as to why the St. Louis Rams were dubbed the “Best Show on Turf.” In 1999, he was the NFL offensive player of the year as he guided the Rams to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Along the way, he rushed for 1,381 yards and caught for another 1,048 yards as he was just one of two players to have over 1,000 yards in each category. He followed that season up with an NFL MVP in each of his next two seasons as he helped the Rams reach their second Super Bowl in February of 2001 where they fell to the New England Patriots, who earned their first of four Lombardi Trophies.
Faulk was drafted out of San Diego State by the Colts with the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft as he was named NFL Rookie of the Year that season. He spent five seasons with the Colts before being traded to the Rams. To say his resume is impressive would be an understatement. Faulk was named to seven Pro Bowls, earned two MVPs, three NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards and three team MVPs.
He finished his career with 12,280 rushing yards, 6,875 receiving yards and a total of 136 touchdowns.
His No. 28 jersey was retired by San Diego State as well as with the Rams and he is in the Colts Ring of Honor. He was recently ranked the No. 70 NFL Player of All time by NFL.com. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and is named the best player to ever wear No. 28 in our books.