Three Patriots win SI’s numbers game


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SI.com has undertaken the tedious task of listing the best players in the NFL history to wear each number — 00 (Jim Otto) and 0-99 — and three players with Patriots connections took honors.

All that work showed Tom Brady to be the best “12” ever (outdistancing Hall of Fame QBs Jim Kelly, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath and Roger Staubach, as well as Ken Stabler), with Patriot-for-a-few-years Junior Seau the best “55” of all-time, and legendary guard John Hannah tops among those to wear “73”. Here’s the blurb, and link, of each of the guys …

TOM BRADY: Tough call over Terry Bradshaw but Brady gets the top spot for winning
in a tougher era. He’s 111-34 as a starter, including 14-4 in the
postseason and holds the NFL record for the most consecutive wins (10)
in the postseason. Plus, well, Gisele.

JUNIOR SEAU: One of the great linebackers of the 1990s, starring at outside
linebacker for the Chargers, Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and
the 1992 NFL Defensive player of the year. He also played for the Miami
Dolphins and New England Patriots.

JOHN HANNAH: SI proclaimed him “The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time” on the cover
of the Aug. 3, 1981 issue. Believe the hype. Hannah played 13 seasons
for the Patriots and was named All-Pro 10 straight years from 1976
through 1985.

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