Uniform Numbers of the NFL

All-Time Rosters, Facts and Figures

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About the Book

Football is a game of numbers—fourth and inches, the three-man rush, a two point conversion, first down. Even with the obvious numbers in the statistics, rules and game situations, the players’ uniform numbers themselves have become part of professional football and its lore. NFL players, like modern-day gladiators, are fitted head-to-toe in protective gear, obscuring even their faces from their most loyal fans. They have become largely identifiable through their uniform numbers. You cannot conjure up Larry Csonka without seeing the number 39 crashing through the line of scrimmage, or recall Lawrence Taylor without imagining the fear his 56 inspired in opposing quarterbacks.
This comprehensive reference work lists all 32 current franchises of the NFL and includes brief team histories, statistics and interesting facts. Each chapter ends with an all-time numerical roster listing the numbers 1 through 99 (in some cases beginning with 00) and everyone, from Hall-of-Famer to replacement player, who has ever worn the corresponding number for that club. Four appendices are included.

About the Author(s)

John Maxymuk is a reference librarian at Rutgers University, living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has written poetry, book and movie reviews, travel pieces, feature articles in magazines, library-related articles in academic journals, and organizational newsletters. He has been the internet columnist for The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances since 1997 and was the issue editor for the Notable Documents issue of Journal of Government Information for 10 years. He is listed in Contemporary Authors and in Who’s Who in America.

Bibliographic Details

John Maxymuk
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 439
Bibliographic Info: tables, appendices
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2057-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0398-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

Part One: Team by Team Full Entries      7

Arizona Cardinals      8

Atlanta Falcons      21

Baltimore Ravens      28

Buffalo Bills      32

Carolina Panthers      41

Chicago Bears      44

Cincinnati Bengals      55

Cleveland Browns      62

Dallas Cowboys      72

Denver Broncos      80

Detroit Lions      88

Green Bay Packers      100

Houston      Texans113

Indianapolis Colts      115

Jacksonville Jaguars      125

Kansas City Chiefs      128

Miami Dolphins      136

Minnesota Vikings      144

New England Patriots      152

New Orleans Saints      161

New York Giants      169

New York Jets      181

Oakland Raiders      189

Philadelphia Eagles      197

Pittsburgh Steelers      209

St. Louis Rams      220

San Diego Chargers      230

San Francisco 49ers      239

Seattle Seahawks      248

Tampa Bay Buccaneers      254

Tennessee Titans      261

Washington Redskins      269

Part Two: Player by Player Listings      281

Appendix A: The Best Players at Each Number      405

Appendix B: Cumulative Data      411

Appendix C: Uniform Numbers of NFL Teams That Failed Since 1933      416

Appendix D: Uniform Numbers of Defunct AAFC Teams      423

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensive…unique and wide-ranging…easy to use and would delight any diehard football fan…recommended”—Library Journal; “unique”—ARBA; “greatest resource was the bible of NFL numerology Uniform Numbers of the NFL. The tome, written in 2005 by Rutgers reference librarian John Maxymuk, is a comprehensive numerical directory of every player to wear an NFL uniform through 2005, Maxymuk chose his all-time team by numbers, though we differ with some of his picks. That’s what makes it fun”—SI.com.