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Who’s the best to wear No. 9?

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For most of the choices in the Prime Numbers series on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, we present a bunch of options and ask you to narrow it down to two or three.

For No. 9, we only want No. 1.

As league history goes, not many great players have donned No. 9.  Only two who ever wore it have made it to Canton.  Beyond Sonny Jurgensen, the only Hall of Famer who ever wore No. 9 was Steve Owen, who played in the 1920s and coached the Giants from 1930 to 1953.

And so there are three finalists.  Choose one from Jurgensen, Steve McNair, and Drew Brees.

The winner will be unveiled on Monday’s edition of the show, which also looks at the best of the best to wear No. 57 and No. 91.  It airs at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  Not that I need to mention that, since I usually mention it at least once a day.

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70 Responses to “Who’s the best to wear No. 9?”
  1. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 6, 2014 2:55 PM

    Tommy Kramer.

  2. daysend564 says: Jun 6, 2014 2:56 PM

    Tony Romo

  3. bradyclan says: Jun 6, 2014 2:57 PM

    Ummm… 9 isn’t a prime number.

  4. gmfw7 says: Jun 6, 2014 2:57 PM

    where’s rodney peete???

  5. jerze2387 says: Jun 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    McNair played through a lot of injuries and without a lot of talent around him for a long time and still was pretty darn good.

  6. We'reFineThere says: Jun 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    Stastically? Foles.

  7. rexgrossman8 says: Jun 6, 2014 2:59 PM

    Jim Mcmahon

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 6, 2014 2:59 PM

    Gordie Howe.

  9. Straight Cash Homie says: Jun 6, 2014 2:59 PM

    Tony Romo

    That’s hilarious!

  10. cgallegos92 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    Tony romo easily!

  11. truthplainandsimple says: Jun 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    Peter Warrick

  12. gloomysmitty says: Jun 6, 2014 3:10 PM

    Nick foles

  13. b3nz0z says: Jun 6, 2014 3:15 PM

    it’s not foles, but ask me in three years . . .

  14. godsmacked1 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:15 PM

    Joe Pisarcik

  15. purplepillager says: Jun 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    Two Minute Tommy Kramer!!! It’s not even close!

  16. shlort says: Jun 6, 2014 3:23 PM

    Colin Kapernick should change his number to 9, then he could already be the very best to ever wear the number 9. It is the future of the NFL, Man! Hope the sarcasm comes through in text.

  17. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jun 6, 2014 3:24 PM

    What definition of prime number are you using?

  18. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jun 6, 2014 3:28 PM

    McNair never had a shot…

    woops bad wording I guess.

  19. jagsandliquor says: Jun 6, 2014 3:35 PM

    David Garrard

  20. udkidd says: Jun 6, 2014 3:36 PM

    Drew Brees has a SB ring and is one of the best statistical QBs of all time, enough said.

  21. nolanwiffle says: Jun 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    Bill Kenney?

  22. cadan24 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:49 PM

    Jim McMahon is the Mahon

  23. scoonie97 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:51 PM

    Eva Longoria

  24. cfballfan1 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:53 PM

    Are you flipping crazy?! It’s Jimmy McMahon!

  25. dontwantone22 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    Norm Johnson

  26. starfan79 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    Romo has some of the best regular season stats if that means anything.. Thankfully for him choking is not a stat..

  27. vertekal says: Jun 6, 2014 4:00 PM

    Thaddeus Lewis

  28. irishinyourface says: Jun 6, 2014 4:03 PM

    Shane Lechler..greatest punter in NFL history

  29. superspanky36 says: Jun 6, 2014 4:04 PM

    Carson Palmer!

  30. burgado86 says: Jun 6, 2014 4:10 PM

    Tony Romo F the world!

  31. 4grammarpolice says: Jun 6, 2014 4:13 PM

    3 x 3 = 9. Therefore, 9 is not a prime number.

  32. clevelandforever says: Jun 6, 2014 4:17 PM

    Matt Bahr

  33. 2ruefan says: Jun 6, 2014 4:23 PM

    Tommy Kramer

  34. Straight Cash Homie says: Jun 6, 2014 4:23 PM

    Here is a comparison of Brees and Romo.

    Just to compare the two I decided to leave off Brees’ time in San Diego because it was pad his stats further. Plus it was when Romo became a full time starter, but here are the numbers.

    Romo: Yards – 29,565 TD’s – 208 INT – 101
    Brees: Yards – 38,733 TD’s – 283 INT – 124

    Looking at this I don’t think I really have to say who is the better #9 out of these two. Now I know someone will point out the Romo played in 11 less games than Brees during this time span. In those 11 games Romo would not have passed for the 9,000+ yards to catch Brees, he would not have thrown the 75 TD’s needed to catch Brees there either, but he surely could have thrown the 23 INT’s needed to catch Brees there and probably would have if he had played in those games.

  35. tbraiders says: Jun 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    In 1969, Vince Lombardi took over the Redskins’ coaching. Many wondered if Lombardi and Jurgensen could work together. Noted for his taskmaster approach to coaching, Lombardi quickly developed a strong admiration for the fun-loving quarterback. “Jurgensen is a great quarterback,” the coach said without hesitation. “He hangs in there under adverse conditions. He may be the best the league has ever seen. He is the best I have seen.”

    32K passing yards in the late 50′s, the 60′s, and early 70′s.

    Those voting for Brees…lol. Looking forward to the day you grow up a bit and say 30 years down the road these children are voting for today’s generation and you are wondering how they think this new genration of QB in there new flag football league can compare to the old time greats.

  36. porkcrisp says: Jun 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    Gordie Howe.

  37. zack2482 says: Jun 6, 2014 4:54 PM

    Tony Romo – 5th all time passer rating, who plays on a team with a chronically bad defense.

  38. heavyjumbo says: Jun 6, 2014 5:05 PM

    To all of the idiots informing us that 9 is not a prime number. We are aware, and so are the creators of the series. They are using the word prime as a pun you morons. “Prime” also means premium or select, the creators used the common term “prime numbers” not literally meaning a number not divisible by anything other than 1 and itself, but instead as a linguistic device. Hope that clears it up for the mouth breathers.

  39. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:12 PM

    Drew. End of subject.

  40. mrtullymars says: Jun 6, 2014 5:35 PM

    The best ever to wear #9 was Ted Williams. But, Brees is right behind Teddy Ballgame.

  41. flyeaglesfly13 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:42 PM

    Nick Foles will be the best to ever wear the number in a few short years

  42. slickzmoney says: Jun 6, 2014 5:53 PM

    Jurgensen wins this easily if younger fans were more familiar with him. 255 TDs in the Dead Ball Era.

  43. jcollins9 says: Jun 6, 2014 5:54 PM

    I get it that 9 isn’t a prime, but neither are 57 or 91.

    Drew Brees is the obvious choice.

  44. jaxhotspur11 says: Jun 6, 2014 6:01 PM

    To all you kids voting for for Brees over the GREAT Sonny Jurgensen: GET OFF MY LAWN!

  45. rdrfan says: Jun 6, 2014 6:04 PM

    Sonny Jurgensen

  46. cowboys2014 says: Jun 6, 2014 6:08 PM

    Roooooomooooo!!!

  47. theboondoggles says: Jun 6, 2014 6:57 PM

    STAFFORD

  48. jbsptfn says: Jun 6, 2014 7:00 PM

    Jurgensen was a much better QB than Brees. He was better than anyone playing today except for Peyton.

  49. infinitig says: Jun 6, 2014 7:00 PM

    Sonny is a hall of famer so obviously as of right now he would have to be the greatest.

  50. ixdarexu says: Jun 6, 2014 8:25 PM

    I’m a huge cowboy fan and romo supporter but IMO

    1. That guy in New Orleans is a beast
    2. Tony Romo
    3. Air McNair

  51. bornahawker says: Jun 6, 2014 9:45 PM

    Bree’s, he thanks the rule changes that killed the defenses until the Seahawks figured it out and smothered him twice in one season

  52. sikwiddit says: Jun 6, 2014 9:58 PM

    9 Is a prime number now?
    Goddamned global warming…

  53. mdd913 says: Jun 6, 2014 10:12 PM

    A whole lot of Brees/Saints haters on this site are about to “need an explanation.”

  54. claimersays says: Jun 7, 2014 12:12 AM

    It’s Sonny! No Question

  55. winner2277 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:21 AM

    “McNair played through a lot of injuries and without a lot of talent around him for a long time and still was pretty darn good.”

    You are correct, but he is still no Brees. Brees has numerous NFL records, 2 NFC Championship appearances with one win and 1 Super Bowl appearance, one win, MVP of said Super Bowl. Was robbed out of no less than 3 NFL MVP’s, 2 by Peyton Manning and one by Aaron Rodgers.

  56. skins1970 says: Jun 7, 2014 11:10 AM

    1.Sonny Jurgensen
    2.Drew Brees
    3.Steve McNair
    4.Jim McMahon
    5.Matt Stafford

  57. skins1970 says: Jun 7, 2014 11:12 AM

    Are the people who say Drew Brees is the best even see Sonny play?

  58. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 7, 2014 12:30 PM

    easily …

    Jurgenson

  59. skins1970 says: Jun 7, 2014 1:53 PM

    Like I said for Sammy, if Sonny played for any other team he would be winning this poll easily.

  60. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 7, 2014 3:48 PM

    Brees. McNair honorable mention.

  61. skybox22blog says: Jun 7, 2014 7:58 PM

    Interestingly, Romo has a higher td % and higher rating career wise than brees. Int. % career brees 2.6, Romo 2.7, but brees has the ring. Only thing that matters really.

  62. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jun 8, 2014 2:43 AM

    Brees. Cause he’s not only turned around a perennial losing franchise but a city.

  63. guypatsfan says: Jun 8, 2014 6:23 AM

    Rocket Richard

  64. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 8, 2014 7:54 AM

    Sonny Jurgenson, without a doubt. Played 18 years when football was truely football. These modern #9′s couldn’t lace his cleats.

  65. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 8, 2014 9:02 PM

    this is not a legit debate

    Jurgenson all day

  66. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    Steve McNair was the toughest QB to ever play the game. (By far.) However, as a quarterback, he was not elite. Brees and Jurgenson are/were.

  67. durskichiro says: Jun 15, 2014 10:16 AM

    Greatest number 9 all time:
    1 Brees
    2 McNair should not have had to share MVP with Manning. He was the MVP that year. Though Peyton is a top 2 QB all time IMO.
    3 Palmer
    4 Romo
    5 Jurgensen
    6 McMahon
    7 Kramer

    Foles had arguably the best season any 9 has ever had and for Stafford the sky is the limit. These two are on a top three trajectory.

  68. durskichiro says: Jun 15, 2014 10:20 AM

    As for Garrard, too bad about the injuries. Probably better than McMahon and Kramer when he was healthy. He was like a throwing power back running the ball.

  69. uncletuna says: Jun 16, 2014 11:59 PM

    Ted Williams, then, Drew Brees…

  70. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 17, 2014 3:59 PM

    I go Brees, but Jim McMahon was worthy of mention.

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