How well do you know retired NFL numbers?

Michael Moraitis

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About This Quiz

Many players come and go in the National Football League, but only the truly special get their numbers retired. How well do you know your NFL history? Find out with this NFL retired numbers quiz!

Before ending his career with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre wore No. 4 for this team.

Only Peyton Manning has more passing yards and touchdowns than Favre, who was once the all-time leader in each category. No. 4 also has a Super Bowl ring.

Former defensive back Pat Tillman had his No. 40 retired by this team.

Tillman left the NFL to enlist in the Army in 2002. He tragically lost his life in Afghanistan in 2004 and is memorialized by a statue in front of University of Phoenix Stadium.

Warren Sapp sported No. 99 and was a key part of this Super Bowl XXXVII defense.

The Bucs defense was legendary during the season of the franchise's only Super Bowl victory. Sapp has since been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mike Ditka's No. 89 is retired by the same team he coached to a Super Bowl win during the 1985 season.

Ditka played tight end for the Bears from 1961 through the 1966 season. He totaled 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie; however, he never quite matched that success the rest of his career.

Steve Largent made No. 80 legendary for what team?

Largent is the greatest wide receiver to ever play for the Seahawks. His 13,089 receiving yards are the most in team history.

Jim Brown and his No. 32 could be seen running over defenders during the glory years of this tormented franchise.

Brown was truly ahead of his time as a devastating back that few could tackle with any consistency. He sits at No. 10 on the all-time rushing yards list.

"Mean" Joe Greene, No. 75, was part of the infamous front four of this team's "Steel Curtain."

It turned out Greene wasn't that mean - he showed his softer side during a memorable Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial. Sadly for his opponents, they never saw that soft side on the field.

Marshall Faulk made No. 28 a legendary number for this franchise that once played its home games in St. Louis.

Faulk won a Super Bowl when the Rams were in St. Louis during the 1999 season and was the heart and soul of "The Greatest Show on Turf." He also won the MVP award in 2000.

John Elway might have had his No. 7 retired by the Colts if he wasn't traded to this team.

Elway had no desire to play for the then-Baltimore Colts and threatened to play baseball instead, but the team drafted him No. 1 overall anyway. He was traded just days later to the Broncos.

Joe Namath's No. 12 became famous when he correctly predicted an upset defeat of the Baltimore Colts by this Super Bowl III winner.

Broadway Joe led the Jets to an improbable 16-7 win against the overwhelming favorites, the Colts. Namath's Super Bowl win is one of the few bright spots in Jets history.

While wearing No. 20, Barry Sanders totaled 1,300 rushing yards or more in every season but one for this team.

Sanders retired after 10 seasons in the NFL, but he had plenty left in the tank to continue after rushing for over 3,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in his final two seasons. Sanders is arguably one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Dan Marino sported No. 13 after falling in the 1983 NFL Draft to this lucky squad.

Marino was taken as the sixth quarterback off the board in the 1983 draft. His Hall of Fame career was vastly better than three of the five quarterbacks taken ahead of him.

Which franchise retired No. 12 in recognition of its dedicated fans?

The Seahawks fans are known as the "12th Man" and are a raucous bunch to play in front of. The Seahawks are known for their great home field advantage, thanks to their loud fans.

Lawrence Taylor and No. 56 are synonymous with this team.

Taylor is considered one of the greatest linebackers and pass-rushers in NFL history. He changed the way the game is played and his combination of size and speed made him a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Johnny Unitas' No. 19 is immortalized by this organization.

Before Peyton Manning, Unitas was easily the greatest player in Colts history. He still sits second in passing yards and touchdowns in team history. The number was unretired, in effect, by the Baltimore Colts, when it was assigned to Kole Heckendorf.

Jim Kelly's No. 12 was retired for this team, after a career consisting of four Super Bowl losses in a row.

Kelly was a great quarterback and a Hall of Fame player; however, he is most remembered for his Super Bowl losses. He is certainly one of the greatest players to ever wear a Bills jersey.

Dan Fouts and his No. 14 is retired by this California-based team.

Fouts is one of the greatest Chargers players in franchise history. Unfortunately for the Hall of Fame quarterback, he never won a Super Bowl.

You can't talk about the history of this franchise without talking about No. 16, Joe Montana.

Despite winning four Super Bowls with the 49ers, Montana actually finished his career playing for the Chiefs. He wore No. 19 for Kansas City.

Jerry Rice wore No. 80 and won three Super Bowls with this team.

Rice's son, Jerry Rice Jr., was given the opportunity to wear his dad's number during the Niners' rookie minicamp in 2014, but he declined. That would have been a big jersey to fill!

Eric Dickerson and his goggles made No. 29 an unforgettable number for this squad.

Dickerson's 1,808 yards during his rookie season still stands as the most by a first-year player in NFL history. Only Steven Jackson had more yards on the ground all-time for the Rams than Dickerson.

Walter Payton was once the all-time leading rusher in NFL history, while wearing No. 34 for this team.

Payton was eventually surpassed by Emmitt Smith on the all-time rushing yards list. Regardless, he is considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time.

Which team retired Cris Carter's No. 80?

Carter is the Vikings' all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Reggie White had his No. 92 retired by these two teams.

White was one of the greatest defensive players ever to step on a football field. He remains the only player in NFL history to have his number retired by two teams.

Before his days as a broadcaster, Frank Gifford sported No. 16 as a member of this team.

Gifford played both offense and defense for Big Blue. He was a halfback, flanker and defensive back during his 12-year career.

Otto Graham is the greatest No. 14 in this team's history.

Graham originally wore No. 60; however, the NFL made him change it after making a rule requiring offensive lineman to wear numbers 50 to 79. He kept his old jersey, though, so the stitching from the old "60" was visible under the new "14." He won three NFL Championships with the Browns.

Bart Starr was wearing No. 15 when he won the first two Super Bowls in NFL history with this organization.

Starr became a legend for the Packers after winning the first two Super Bowls in league history. He was also named the MVP in both contests.

Fran Tarkenton threw for over 33,000 yards with No. 10 on his jersey for this team.

Tarkenton is the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns. He also spent five years with the Giants before returning to the Vikings for a second stint.

Sammy Baugh's No. 33 is the only number retired by this team.

"Slinging Sammy" Baugh played quarterback for the Redskins from 1937 through 1952. He also played tailback, cornerback, defensive tackle, punter and was a kick and punt returner.

Before becoming a television host, Len Dawson sported No. 16 for this Super Bowl IV winner.

Dawson was the host of the popular HBO show "Inside the NFL" from 1977 through 2001. He is also the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns for the Chiefs.

This franchise retired Earl Campbell's No. 34 years before leaving Houston.

There were few, if any running backs better or as powerful as Earl Campbell during his first six years in the NFL. He ran for 1,300 yards or more in five of his first six seasons.

Sam Mills' No. 51 is the only number retired by this team, despite his brief stint there.

Mills only played for the Panthers for three seasons, but still had his number retired. Before that, he played for the Saints.

Despite injuries ending his career early, Gale Sayers still did enough to have his No. 40 retired by this squad.

Sayers played seven seasons with the Bears and broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark twice. His career was cut short due to knee injuries and he retired prior to the 1972 season.

Quarterbacks Y.A. Tittle (No. 14) and Phil Simms (No. 11) both had their numbers retired for this organization.

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. played just four seasons with the Giants, while Simms spent 14 seasons in New York. Simms won two Super Bowl rings during that span.

Curtis Martin's No. 28 was retired by this team, even though he was originally a member of the hated New England Patriots.

Martin spent three years in New England before moving on to play for the Jets for the remainder of his career. He is the franchise's all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.

LaDainian Tomlinson dominated the NFL for nine seasons as No. 21 on this team.

Tomlinson is the No. 5 running back on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list. From 2001 through 2008, he was the very best at his position.

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