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Prime Numbers looks at No. 99 on Tuesday


When Pro Football Talk on NBCSN returns to the air on Tuesday, the Prime Numbers series will take a look at the highest number that can be worn by any player in any sport.

Unless and until a sport expands to three digits.

Vote for the best of the best to wear No. 99 from the names listed below (pick one — or two or three if you want), and then tune in at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday to see the results.  We’ll also be joined by one of the best players to wear No. 99 — defensive end Jason Taylor.

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30 Responses to “Prime Numbers looks at No. 99 on Tuesday”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 24, 2014 12:23 AM

    Where is Captain Kirk on this list?

    [Levon Kirkland]

  2. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 24, 2014 2:00 AM

    Although he wore #96 for most of his career, there was the one season he wore #99 as a tribute to his best friend Jerome Brown, and that man was Cortez Kennedy, and that pretty much ends this debate.

  3. abreathofsanity says: Jun 24, 2014 2:42 AM

    Warren Sapp. Hands down.

  4. 49ersers says: Jun 24, 2014 3:22 AM

    Aldon Smith anyone?

  5. johnmaddenslovechild says: Jun 24, 2014 3:26 AM

    Sapp. Case closed. Hate all you want but you don’t get into the HOF easily in the no fun league.

  6. doughboy73 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:45 AM

    Jerome Brown

  7. greymares says: Jun 24, 2014 6:47 AM

    If you didn’t vote Jerome Brown your young or don’t have a clue.

  8. essentialsausage says: Jun 24, 2014 7:14 AM

    Please…stop calling these prime numbers!

  9. bigezbob says: Jun 24, 2014 7:35 AM


  10. docsweeney says: Jun 24, 2014 7:49 AM

    Keep in mind, Hampton was a Pro Bowler at both DE and DT in his career.

  11. flyinhighwithvick says: Jun 24, 2014 7:57 AM

    Bring it Home for Jerome!

  12. slugdc says: Jun 24, 2014 8:30 AM

    99 isn’t a prime number…

  13. tk429 says: Jun 24, 2014 8:48 AM

    Jerome Brown was the precursor to Warren Sapp. He won’t get a ton of votes because his career (and life) ended too soon, but he really should.

  14. ctiggs says: Jun 24, 2014 8:54 AM


  15. connorchew says: Jun 24, 2014 8:58 AM

    Man, the potential that Jerome brown had was unreal. Him and reggie white could have done special things together if they were granted more time together.

  16. itsunclepauley says: Jun 24, 2014 9:06 AM

    these are all defensive lineman.

    only ONE has had a 20 sack season. End of story.

  17. bombacim says: Jun 24, 2014 9:07 AM

    This exactly show the ridunkulousness of these polls. Dan Freaking Hampton in last place. He was the most dominant lineman on the best defense ever.

  18. laxcoach37 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:47 AM

    Warren Sapp was a great one, but if you are not being a Dolphins Hater, here are the lifetime Stats:

    TAYLOR- 578 Tackles, 139.5 Sacks, 8 Ints

    SAPP- 297 Tackles, 96.5 Sacks

    I rest my case!

  19. eagles512 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:55 AM

    Jerome Brown

  20. arrow43050 says: Jun 24, 2014 12:47 PM

    Taylor and Sapp played different positions and were used differently. Taylor was used WAY more often in space and as a linebacker and Sapp was a straight-ahead rusher. You’re always going to get fewer tackles that way. Also just because a player’s career is longer and they compile more stats doesn’t make him or her better. I don’t think anyone would call Jerome Bettis better than Jim Brown or Fred Taylor better than O.J. Simpson even thought Bettis rushed for more yards than Brown and Taylor rushed for more than O.J.

  21. Christian says: Jun 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    Hamp is only getting 10% of the vote? The internet must be broken.

  22. itsunclepauley says: Jun 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    If the internet’s broken it’s because the holder of the single season sack record is in second to last place.

  23. klink6224 says: Jun 24, 2014 1:42 PM

    Jerome Brown was my first favorite player in any sport. I cried when my dad woke me up to tell me that he had died. He was an absolute beast on the field. Can only imagine how great he would’ve been for the entirety of his career had it not been cut so tragically short for he and his nephew. Yes still tragic even though he was being irresponsible and crashed on his own.

  24. humanbowlingball says: Jun 24, 2014 2:02 PM

    Future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, hands down. And he will go into the HOF wearing a Dolphins uniform.

  25. mtrhead269 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    Watt better than J. Brown? Please

  26. waldoampere says: Jun 24, 2014 3:27 PM

    I’m not advocating Gastineau since he was fairly one dimensional and a quitter but… for about three or four years no one ever rushed the QB better than he did.

  27. bearsfan4life says: Jun 24, 2014 9:51 PM

    JJ Watt has more votes than Dan Hampton.


    I can understand the other guys (although I disagree) but come on.

  28. johnmaddenslovechild says: Jun 24, 2014 10:22 PM

    Dolphin fans are dumb.. Warren Sapp was double teamed almost every down.. For a D tackle he was a beast. Now Taylor who was a DE and sometimes LB had alot more chances to get tackles and sacks on blitzes and so on.. Tape doesn’t lie, the reason Simeon Rice had a good time with the Bucs was because of Sapp. The best part is even though he got double teamed half the time, he STILL dominated!!! Oh and btw I’m from Brooksville,FL and Jerome Brown passing was a damn shame and he would have had one hell of a career if he never died when he did. Just watching tape of him and Reggie makes you shake your head. I bet alot of QBs careers were saved.

  29. durskichiro says: Jun 25, 2014 11:21 AM

    IMO the top 99’s:

    1 Hampton: Best player on the bears 85 title team(only because the Great Walter was nearing the end). Singletary got too much credit. Hampton helped make it easy for him by handling double and triple teams on almost every play( Much like Joe Greene did for Lambert).

    2 Sapp
    3 Taylor
    4 Gastineau
    5 Brown

    Watt and Smith are on a trajectory where they could end up 1 and 2 if they avoid injury and or trouble.

  30. durskichiro says: Jun 25, 2014 11:23 AM

    Shout out to JJ Watt and Joe Thomas. The Greater Milwaukee area is proud of these two great players and even better human beings.

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