American athletes are some of the most popular celebrities in the world, but their jerseys are just as popular. Tom Brady, LeBron James, Bryce Harper and Sidney Crosby all have jerseys that sell all over the world. Legends like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter have sold more jerseys than one can imagine. Sports jerseys are just as popular as sport itself.
Even before professional leagues popped up in the states, players were wearing jerseys. In the earliest days of Major League Baseball, jersey numbers were assigned based on your batting order, which is why then legendary jerseys worn by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are numbered 3 and 4, respectively. The National Football League requires each player to wear a number based on position. Quarterbacks wear numbers 1 - 19, running backs wear 20 - 49 and so on. But in the NBA, any number from 0 to 99 is available for the taking.
Fans sit closer to basketball courts than they do baseball fields, and basketball players aren't covered in helmets and pads, so the numbering system can be a bit more lenient. Nevertheless, when the greatest NBA players leave behind a legacy, they do so by leaving behind their jersey. All fans can spot Magic Johnson's, Kobe Bryant's or Larry Bird's retired jersey hanging from the rafters. You may have no idea what Michael Jordan looks like, but you probably know he wore number 23. Do you think you can identify these current NBA stars if we blur out their faces?