When you start your athletic journey, the number you choose to wear and represent your city becomes part of your identity. He is forever part of the quarry and legacy left behind. Often, when hearing a number, an associated athlete comes to mind.
Philidelphia has had a fair amount of star players who have shared the same number throughout history.
And I bet you already had # 20 in mind – right?
Dave Poulin, Mike Schmidt and Brian Dawkins are among the biggest names in their respective sports that have carried this issue.
But which of these athletes is ultimately the best to wear # 20? We are going to take a look:
The Flyers had a whole list of highly respected captains. While it is difficult to beat legendary Bobby Clarke and Claude Giroux certainly leaves his mark, no other captain has had an impact like Poulin.
After a crazy road to the NHL, Poulin stormed the franchise upon his arrival on April 2, 1983. In his first shift as a Flyer against the Maple Leafs, he scored the first goal of the game and of his professional career. .
While the Flyers have been short this season, Poulin’s emergence has become a silver lining. He had a solid base as a player, but some of the best athletes to ever represent the club have noticed the potential in him. Clarke, Bill Barber, Brad Marsh and Mark Howe have all helped shape his game.
Poulin quickly became one of the best players on the team. With just over a year of NHL experience, Poulin was next in line to add the coveted “C” to his jersey.
Poulin was captain of the players. He defended his teammates and supported them as a way to make the locker room a more comfortable environment.
The combination of his leadership and skills has made him one of the strongest players the organization has ever seen. With two star appearances (1986 and 1988) and a Selke trophy in 1986-1987, Poulin was finally named to the Flyers Hall of Fame.
In the history of the Phillies, no player is more universally known and loved than Schmidt.
A rocky rookie season was quickly buried among the best baseball the city has ever seen. Schmidt has led the National League on home circuits eight times during his career and officially joined the 500 home circuit club on April 18, 1987, becoming the 14th member.
Schmidt has a handful of records in the organization, including most games played (2404), runs (1506), home runs (548) and beaten runs (1595).
The third baseman has counted 12 games with stars, won 10 Gold Glove Awards and six Silver Slugger Awards, has been the National League player of excellence three times (1980, 1981 and 1986) and, of course, has led the Phillies to their first World Series victory in 1980 – also named MVP of that series.
No. 20 was withdrawn by the Phillies on May 26, 1990 and in the same season he was inducted as a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. These distinctions earned him a permanent place in the history of MLB when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.
For an athlete who ended his career outside of Philidelphia, Dawkins has been definitively placed on the shortlist of players never to be booed. It was impossible, given the legacy he created with the Eagles.
As a member of the organization for 13 seasons, No. 20 is known to be one of the greatest safeties of all time. He was a born defense leader and among the entire team, an athlete against whom other teams feared to play.
While in Philadelphia, the Eagles won five NFC East titles, went to four NFC championship games in a row, and appeared in Super Bowl XXXIX.
With the Eagles, Dawkins won the Pro Bowl seven times, was a quadruple All-Pro first team, and was part of the NFL All-Decade Team in the 2000s. His success landed him in the Hall of Fame The Eagles and the team officially retired their issue on September 30, 2012.
Years passed and he remained one of the best athletes in town to never receive a superb Super Bowl ring – but thanks to the 2017 special race and his time in the front office of the Eagles, Weapon X has ultimately was able to remove it from his list. It was a moment that he and his fans had been waiting for years.
Just a few months after receiving his ring, Dawkins was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame on August 4, 2018.
… Really? Did you think we were really going to pin these incredible athletes against each other? It compares apples to oranges and it makes absolutely no sense. Philadelphia has been a lucky city when it comes to generational gamers – they turned out to have worn the same number.
But if you feel inclined to select one personally, you can do so below:
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