List of National Football League retired numbers

List of National Football League retired numbers

Teams in the National Football League retire jersey numbers of players who are considered to have extraordinary talent and have made significant contributions to that team's success. Since the NFL began retiring numbers, 139 players have had their jersey number retired. The Chicago Bears have the most retired numbers of any team with 14. The late Reggie White has had his number retired by two different teams: the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. But four teams, the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons,[1] Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys, traditionally don't retire jersey numbers. Also without a retired jersey number are the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens. However, all of those teams are less than 20 years old, and may retire numbers in the future, like Andre Johnson for the Texans and Ray Lewis for the Ravens.

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Conference Team # Player Years with the team Notes[2]
AFC East Bills 12 Jim Kelly 1986-96 [2] [3]
AFC East Dolphins 12 Bob Griese 1967-80 [2]
AFC East Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 1983-99 [2]
AFC East Dolphins 39 Larry Csonka 1968-74, 1979 [2]
AFC East Patriots 20 Gino Cappelletti 1960-70 [2] [4]
AFC East Patriots 40 Mike Haynes 1976-82 [2][5]
AFC East Patriots 57 Steve Nelson 1974-87 [2] [5]
AFC East Patriots 73 John Hannah 1973-85 [2] [5]
AFC East Patriots 78 Bruce Armstrong 1987-2000 [2] [5]
AFC East Patriots 79 Jim Lee Hunt 1960-70 [2] [5]
AFC East Patriots 89 Bob Dee 1960-67 [2][5]
AFC East Jets 12 Joe Namath 1965-76 [2]
AFC East Jets 13 Don Maynard 1963-72 [2]
AFC East Jets 28 Curtis Martin 1998-2005 [6]
AFC East Jets 73 Joe Klecko 1977-87 [2]
AFC East Jets 90 Dennis Byrd 1989–92 [7][8]
AFC North Ravens (None) [2]
AFC North Bengals 54 Bob Johnson 1968-79 [2]
AFC North Browns 14 Otto Graham 1946-55 [2]
AFC North Browns 32 Jim Brown 1957-65 [2]
AFC North Browns 45 Ernie Davis (None)[9] (posthumous) [2]
AFC North Browns 46 Don Fleming 1960-62 (posthumous) [2]
AFC North Browns 76 Lou Groza 1946-59, 1961-67 [2]
AFC North Steelers 70 Ernie Stautner 1950-63 [2]
AFC South Texans (None) [2]
AFC South Colts 19 Johnny Unitas 1956-72 [2] [10]
AFC South Colts 22 Buddy Young 1953-55 [2][10]
AFC South Colts 24 Lenny Moore 1956-67 [2][10]
AFC South Colts 70 Art Donovan 1950, 1953-61 [2] [10]
AFC South Colts 77 Jim Parker 1957-67 [2] [10]
AFC South Colts 82 Raymond Berry 1955-67 [2] [10]
AFC South Colts 89 Gino Marchetti 1953-66 [2] [10]
AFC South Jaguars (None) [2]
AFC South Titans 1 Warren Moon 1984-93 [11] [12]
AFC South Titans 34 Earl Campbell 1978-84 [2]
AFC South Titans 43 Jim Norton 1960-68 [2]
AFC South Titans 63 Mike Munchak 1982-93 [2]
AFC South Titans 65 Elvin Bethea 1968-83 [2]
AFC South Titans 74 Bruce Matthews 1983-2001 [2]
AFC West Broncos 7 John Elway 1983-99 [2]
AFC West Broncos 18 Frank Tripucka 1960-63 [2] [13]
AFC West Broncos 44 Floyd Little 1967-75 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 3 Jan Stenerud 1967-79 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 16 Len Dawson 1962-75 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 18 Emmitt Thomas 1966-78 [14]
AFC West Chiefs 28 Abner Haynes 1960-74 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 33 Stone Johnson 1963 (posthumous) [2]
AFC West Chiefs 36 Mack Lee Hill 1964-65 (posthumous) [2]
AFC West Chiefs 58 Derrick Thomas 1989-99 (posthumous) [15]
AFC West Chiefs 63 Willie Lanier 1967-77 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 78 Bobby Bell 1963-74 [2]
AFC West Chiefs 86 Buck Buchanan 1963-75 [2]
AFC West Chargers 14 Dan Fouts 1973-87 [2]
AFC West Chargers 19 Lance Alworth 1962-70 [16]
AFC West Chargers 55 Junior Seau 1990-02 (posthumous) [17]
AFC West Raiders (None) [2]
NFC East Redskins 33 Sammy Baugh 1937-52 [2]
NFC East Cowboys (None) [2]
NFC East Giants 1 Ray Flaherty 1928-35 [2]
NFC East Giants 4 Tuffy Leemans 1936-43 [2]
NFC East Giants 7 Mel Hein 1931-45 [2]
NFC East Giants 11 Phil Simms 1979-93 [2]
NFC East Giants 14 Y. A. Tittle 1961-64 [2]
NFC East Giants 16 Frank Gifford 1952-64 [2]
NFC East Giants 32 Al Blozis 1942-44 (posthumous) [2]
NFC East Giants 40 Joe Morrison 1959-72 [2]
NFC East Giants 42 Charlie Conerly 1948-61 [2]
NFC East Giants 50 Ken Strong 1936-47 [2]
NFC East Giants 56 Lawrence Taylor 1981-93 [2]
NFC East Eagles 5 Donovan McNabb 1999-2009 [2]
NFC East Eagles 15 Steve Van Buren 1944-51 [2] [18]
NFC East Eagles 20 Brian Dawkins 1996-2008, 2012 [19]
NFC East Eagles 40 Tom Brookshier 1953-61 [2] [18]
NFC East Eagles 44 Pete Retzlaff 1956-66 [2] [18]
NFC East Eagles 60 Chuck Bednarik 1949-62 [2]
NFC East Eagles 70 Al Wistert 1944-51 [2] [18]
NFC East Eagles 92 Reggie White 1985-92 (posthumous) [2] [20] [18]
NFC East Eagles 99 Jerome Brown 1987-91 (posthumous) [2] [18] [21]
NFC North Bears 3 Bronko Nagurski 1930-37, 1943 [2]
NFC North Bears 5 George McAfee 1940-41, 1945-50 [2]
NFC North Bears 7 George Halas 1920-28 [2]
NFC North Bears 28 Willie Galimore 1957-63 (posthumous) [2]
NFC North Bears 34 Walter Payton 1975-87 [2]
NFC North Bears 40 Gale Sayers 1965-71 [2]
NFC North Bears 41 Brian Piccolo 1965-69 (posthumous) [2]
NFC North Bears 42 Sid Luckman 1939-50 [2]
NFC North Bears 51 Dick Butkus 1965-73 [2]
NFC North Bears 56 Bill Hewitt 1932-36 [2]
NFC North Bears 61 Bill George 1952-65 [2]
NFC North Bears 66 Bulldog Turner 1940-52 [2]
NFC North Bears 77 Red Grange 1925-34 [2]
NFC North Bears 89 Mike Ditka 1961-66 [2]
NFC North Lions 7 Dutch Clark 1934-38 [2]
NFC North Lions 20 Barry Sanders 1989-98 [2]
NFC North Lions 22 Bobby Layne 1950-58 [2]
NFC North Lions 37 Doak Walker 1950-55 [2]
NFC North Lions 56 Joe Schmidt 1953-65 [2]
NFC North Lions 85 Chuck Hughes 1970-71 (posthumous) [2]
NFC North Packers 3 Tony Canadeo 1941-52 [2]
NFC North Packers 14 Don Hutson 1935-45 [2]
NFC North Packers 15 Bart Starr 1956-71 [2]
NFC North Packers 66 Ray Nitschke 1958-72 [2]
NFC North Packers 92 Reggie White 1993-98 [2] [22]
NFC North Vikings 10 Fran Tarkenton 1961-78 [2]
NFC North Vikings 53 Mick Tingelhoff 1962-78 [2]
NFC North Vikings 70 Jim Marshall 1961-79 [2]
NFC North Vikings 77 Korey Stringer 1995-2000 (posthumous) [2]
NFC North Vikings 80 Cris Carter 1990-2001 [2]
NFC North Vikings 88 Alan Page 1967-78 [2]
NFC South Falcons (None) [2]
NFC South Panthers 51 Sam Mills 1995-97 (posthumous) [2]
NFC South Saints 31 Jim Taylor 1967 [2]
NFC South Saints 51 Sam Mills 1986-94 (posthumous) [2]
NFC South Saints 57 Rickey Jackson 1981-93 [2]
NFC South Saints 81 Doug Atkins 1967-69 [2]
NFC South Buccaneers 63 Lee Roy Selmon 1976-84 [2]
NFC South Buccaneers 99 Warren Sapp 1995-03 [23]
NFC West Cardinals 8 Larry Wilson 1960-72 [2]
NFC West Cardinals 40 Pat Tillman 1998-2001 (posthumous) [2]
NFC West Cardinals 77 Stan Mauldin 1946-48 (posthumous) [2]
NFC West Cardinals 88 J. V. Cain 1974-78 (posthumous) [2]
NFC West Cardinals 99 Marshall Goldberg 1939-43, 1946-48 [2]
NFC West 49ers 8 Steve Young 1987-99 [24]
NFC West 49ers 12 John Brodie 1957-73 [2] [25]
NFC West 49ers 16 Joe Montana 1979-92 [2]
NFC West 49ers 34 Joe Perry 1948-60 [2]
NFC West 49ers 37 Jimmy Johnson 1961-76 [2]
NFC West 49ers 39 Hugh McElhenny 1952-60 [2]
NFC West 49ers 42 Ronnie Lott 1981-90 [26]
NFC West 49ers 70 Charlie Krueger 1959-73 [2]
NFC West 49ers 73 Leo Nomellini 1950-63 [2]
NFC West 49ers 79 Bob St. Clair 1953-63 [2]
NFC West 49ers 80 Jerry Rice 1985-2000 [27]
NFC West 49ers 87 Dwight Clark 1979-87 [2]
NFC West Seahawks 12 Fans ("the 12th man") [2]
NFC West Seahawks 71 Walter Jones 1997-2009 [2]
NFC West Seahawks 80 Steve Largent 1976-89 [2] [28]
NFC West Seahawks 96 Cortez Kennedy 1990-2000 [29] [30]
NFC West Rams 7 Bob Waterfield 1945-52 [2] [31]
NFC West Rams 28 Marshall Faulk 1999-2006 [32]
NFC West Rams 29 Eric Dickerson 1983-87 [2] [31]
NFC West Rams 74 Merlin Olsen 1962-76 [2] [31]
NFC West Rams 75 Deacon Jones 1961-71 [33] [31]
NFC West Rams 78 Jackie Slater 1976-95 [2][31]
NFC West Rams 80 Isaac Bruce 1994-2007 [34]
NFC West Rams 85 Jack Youngblood 1971-84 [2][31]

See also

  • San Diego Chargers retired numbers

Notes