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Lots of options for 88 in Prime Numbers series

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The second day of the Prime Numbers series on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk will include one of the toughest debates we’ll see.

In addition to No. 63, Tuesday’s show will try to determine the best players to wear No. 88.

From a list of 10 finalists, it’s your job to pick three.  And then it’s our job to tell you which three you picked.  And then to say other stuff about the guys who have worn a very popular number.

Tune in Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET for the show.  And on Monday, when we’ll look at No. 81 and No. 54, along with No. 1 and No. 2.

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  1. walker615 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:27 PM



  2. raynman49 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:30 PM

    All are great, but I guess most voters are too young to remember John Mackey. Beast.

  3. billbrasky72 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:33 PM

    Way too much short term memory here. Alan Page is the probably the greatest defensive linemen in the history of professional football, but it looks like nobody’s memory goes past Tony Gonzalez…

  4. wolfman55h says: Jun 1, 2014 6:33 PM

    These polls are fun but inconclusive. They are skewed by generation. Three fourths of people voting in here don’t even know who John Mackey and Alan Page are. This is unfortunate but it’s not someone born in the 1980s fault.

  5. squashyjoshy says: Jun 1, 2014 6:38 PM

    Tony Gonzalez #1 at this point? Hilariously idiotic.

  6. schtuffandkrap says: Jun 1, 2014 6:39 PM

    88 is a prime number? Obviously my math training has failed me.

  7. jrs45 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:40 PM

    Prime numbers???

  8. dmq13 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:40 PM

    Does anyone actually remember Torry Holt as 88?

  9. sanjose61 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:42 PM

    Al Toon?

    Is that a joke?

  10. skins1970 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:51 PM

    1. Alan Page
    2.John Mackey
    3.Tony Gonzalez

  11. FinFan68 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:52 PM

    It looks like some youngsters have not seen footage of John Mackey

  12. lks311 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:54 PM

    I voted for Charlie Sanders because I knew few would…I was right. And while I concede several are better, Page and Mackey at the top, people should remember, he is the OTHER Lions’ Sanders in the Hall Of Fame.

  13. johnmaddenslovechild says: Jun 1, 2014 6:57 PM

    Like its even a debate.. Irvin no doubt!

  14. nonetruerthanblue says: Jun 1, 2014 7:09 PM

    88 is not a prime number!! Or are they calling it that because of important players with certain numbers? Calling it prime is just confusing.

  15. no14mike says: Jun 1, 2014 7:10 PM

    Prime numbers can’t be even with exception to the number 2… let alone 8 x 11, 4 x 22, etc.

  16. hyprcaffeinated says: Jun 1, 2014 7:12 PM

    Everyone please vote for Al Toon. Just so we can hear The Playmaker’s response to being outvoted by him.

  17. andrewluck12 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:12 PM

    Harrison, Mackey, Gonzalez, Irvin. In that order

  18. purplengold says: Jun 1, 2014 7:14 PM

    Alan Page.

  19. fwippel says: Jun 1, 2014 7:30 PM

    Al Toon? Uh, not in the same category as the others.

    Glad to see Charlie Sanders remembered. Any final list which excludes Page or Mackey should be automatically disqualified.

  20. honkerdawg says: Jun 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    Alan Page Charlie Sanders (1st great tightend) and John Mackey. It ends there

  21. warhawk137 says: Jun 1, 2014 8:12 PM

    John Mackey being that far down the list is downright criminal.

  22. engymass says: Jun 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    Most of these players on there said that Lynn Swann was a major influence for their careers…

  23. kaakwha says: Jun 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    If you did not vote for John Mackey, it must be because you never saw him play. Had you seen him play, there would be no doubt as to who was the first, prototypical, pass catching and run like a bull (YAC) TE back in the day

  24. alsvikes says: Jun 1, 2014 9:24 PM

    Alan Page

  25. oldcracker says: Jun 1, 2014 9:50 PM

    I remember watching Mackey and Sanders but, as a Browns fan, I loved hating Mr. Swan. Then the Steelers added Mr. Stallworth. Good Lord, those were some dynamic teams!

    And, just because Tony Gonzalez is more recent, it doesn’t diminish his accomplishments. How many years was he the only major weapon the Chiefs had?

  26. durno99 says: Jun 1, 2014 9:51 PM

    Page! Easy

  27. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jun 1, 2014 10:13 PM

    Dale Jarrett? In his “prime” he was somewhat awesome. Oh, this isn’t MST. My bad.

  28. charger383 says: Jun 1, 2014 11:05 PM

    Mackey when you have the ball, Page when other team has the ball

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 1, 2014 11:25 PM

    Guys, “prime numbers” is a play on words. They’re doing all the numbers, not just the prime ones. Hoo-boy.

    Page is #1 for 88. For 63, I’d have to go with Dennis Swilley. I can’t think of another one.

  30. orivar says: Jun 2, 2014 12:02 AM

    I don’t know any of these guys besides Irvin and Gonzalez so I’m not voting.

  31. coolzog says: Jun 2, 2014 12:21 AM

    When was Torry Holt #88?

  32. geicocaveman says: Jun 2, 2014 12:32 AM

    Alan Page.

  33. trollaikman8 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:11 AM


  34. granadafan says: Jun 2, 2014 1:19 AM

    Those blasting Tony Gonzalez clearly don’t watch much football. The guy redefined the TE position. Also, you guys should dig up some tapes on Charlie Sanders.

  35. cjweber5187 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:27 AM

    I’d take Mackey over TGonz all day every day.

  36. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2014 4:42 AM

    Where’s Todd Christensen?

  37. essentialsausage says: Jun 2, 2014 7:10 AM

    63: Also not a prime number.

  38. deltaoracle says: Jun 2, 2014 3:35 PM

    I’ve hated the Vikings from year one, but Alan Page was absolutely fantastic.
    I remember one game – not sure against whom – but he got called for a penalty he shouldn’t have. The next two or three plays he tore through the offensive line as if they weren’t even there.
    Lots of great players on this list, but Page was just something very special.

  39. vikechurch says: Jun 2, 2014 5:59 PM

    most people under 50 have no idea how good Alan Page was. put his numbers up against any other tackle that ever played and its amazing. imagine if John Randle was a really great pass rusher and just as good against the run. then did it for 15 years and was never hurt. that’s why he was the MVP

  40. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    For me it’s Page then Mackey. I can understand arguments for Mackey first then Page, but anybody else above either of them, just means voters aren’t old enough to remember them.

  41. cberumen says: Jun 3, 2014 2:10 PM

    Torry Holt only wore #88 for his first season or two, then he switched to #81 for the remainder of his career.

  42. lagg1 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:16 PM

    Alan Page is number 1. Page was the league MVP in 1971 as a defensive tackle!!! John Mackey is number 2. All consideration to Gonzalez but Mackey was a beast-blocker and receiver. One play 6 Lions tried to gang tackle and bring him down- he ran thru them for a TD. One of the Lions was Dick Lebeau-just ask him about Mackey. Number 3 is Gonzalez. Definitely one of the best players who never won a title-that’s a shame. He was a complete player and pro.

  43. durskichiro says: Jun 14, 2014 10:53 PM

    My all time ranking of #88:
    1 Harrison
    2 Page
    3 Gonzalez
    4 Irvin(Holt would be here if he kept 88)
    5 Mackey
    6 Sanders
    7 Toon
    8 Swann
    9 Pearson

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