In a quarter-final tie on 17 December 2019, Liverpool player Tom Hill became the first player in English football history to wear the number 99 shirt in a competitive match.
Football stars have had success with the number as well with Warren Sapp, Jason Taylor, and JJ Watt thriving with the number 99 in the NFL.
NFL. By official National Football League rules, players with the numbers 50-79 and 90-99 are ineligible receivers. The quarterback or offensive captain informs the referee that a usually ineligible receiver will be eligible for that play.
In 1979, the NFL allowed defensive linemen to wear numbers 90–99 and centers 60–79.
Joe Lamb, Desse Roche and Leo Bourgeault all played for and wore the # 99 for the Canadiens during the 1934-35 season. Joe Lamb was the first to wear it before he was traded, and then Desse Roche before he was traded, and then finally Bourgeault. The next two players who wore number 99 came much, much later.
It was with the Greyhounds that Gretzky first wore the number 99 on his jersey. He originally wanted to wear number 9—for his hockey hero Gordie Howe—but it was already being worn by teammate Brian Gualazzi. At coach Muzz MacPherson's suggestion, Gretzky settled on 99.
Gretzky says he accepted his retirement decision the moment he announced it in the final week of the 1998-99 season; he played his final NHL game on April 18, 1999, with the Rangers. "The fact I can't do it, it kills me," he says of continuing to play, "but I've got peace of mind because it was time to move on.
Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky retired from professional play after the 1998–99 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. His career totals include 2,857 points and 894 goals. The NHL retired his jersey number (99) after his final game.
Before Saturday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks, Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke announced that the team would retire #32. This is because they are the league's 32nd franchise and wanted to honor the 32,000 fans who made deposits for season tickets the first day they were allowed to.
99 – The Great One
Unless you are the Great One, this number is completely off limits to any hockey player anywhere in the known universe. It is retired in the NHL, and pretty much around any hockey leagues in North America, and quite likely in the whole world.
Sidney Crosby has been connected to the number 87 since the day he was born, August 7, 1987 (8/7/87). Throughout his NHL career, he has chosen to connect himself to that number as well.
If we assume that Ovechkin keeps scoring in that vicinity, breaking Gretzky's record is definitely a strong possibility. If we take that 0.60 goals-per-game clip and average that out, Ovechkin could break Gretzky's record during the 2023-24 or 2024-25 season.
Gretzky's ancestry is typically described as either Belarusian, Ukrainian, or Polish. In interviews, Gretzky stated that his parents were "White Russians from Belarus", and whenever anyone asked his father if they were Russian, he would reply, "Nyet.
The Great One has been named partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group. The Oilers made the announcement Wednesday at an unveiling of the iconic Gretzky statue at the team's new arena, Rogers Place.
Gretzky is a hero for young Canadian hockey players who dream of a career in the NHL. His records have stood the test of time, and many of them are believed to be unbeatable. Even more incredible, Gretzky's achievements on the ice have not interfered with his kindness and likeability.
Aberdeen had a player, Hicham Zerouali- 'Zero' (as he was nicknamed by the Aberdeen fans) was a striker signed in 1999. He became the first player in Scotland to wear the shirt number '0' in 2000 (something outlawed the following season by the Scottish Premier League).
No NBA player has ever worn the number 69, which is believed to be implicitly banned due to its sexual connotations; the NBA has never confirmed this.
Use of the number 0 is again allowed by the NCAA in American college football, since the 2020 season.
Of the players on the line of scrimmage, only the two players on the ends of the line of scrimmage are eligible receivers. The remaining players are in the backfield (four in American football, five in Canadian football), including the quarterback. These backfield players are also eligible receivers.
Historically, the overarching logic behind football numbering is that the smallest numbers go to the physically smallest players. Kickers, punters, and quarterbacks have long been assigned nos. 1 through 19, while beefy defensive linemen get 90 through 99.
How many eligible receivers can you have? NFL teams can have up to six eligible receivers on the field at once. That being said, given the formation of a typical offensive line and the need for a player to throw the ball, NFL teams will typically field no more than five eligible receivers at once.