Best NFL Player by Jersey Number: 00-49

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John Elway

The personification of persistence. Elway lost the first three Super Bowls he appeared in before leading the Broncos to titles in 1997 and '98. He led Denver to a record 47 fourth-quarter comebacks.

Runner-up: Ben Roethlisberger

Worthy of consideration: Morten Andersen (New Orleans), Dutch Clark, George Halas (Chi.), Mel Hein, Bert Jones, Dan Pastorini, Joe Theismann, Michael Vick, Bob Waterfield.

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