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90. Neil Smith, NFL.

A defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, Smith is the best professional athlete to wear jersey number 90. Smith was selected second overall by the Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft out of the University of Nebraska and played only 13 games while accumulating 2.5 sacks during his rookie campaign. Smith recorded 7.5 sacks in his sophomore season and 9.5 sacks one year later. He peaked in sack totals with 15 in 1993. Smith accumulated 105.5 sacks during his 13-year career. He won two Super Bowls with the Broncos, (XXXII and XXXIII), and he was inducted into the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame in 2006.

Honorable Mention: Drew Gooden, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

91. Sergei Federov, NHL.

The “Russian Rocket,” Federov blasted onto the NHL scene after being taken number 74 overall in the NHL draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He spent 13 years wearing a Red Wings Jersey (1990-2003,) and currently ranks fourth all-time in points for the Red Wings. After his stint with the Wings, Federov spent two years with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and is currently a Columbus Blue Jacket. The 1993 season was Sergei’s best; he tallied 120 total points (56 goals and 64 assists). Federov has won the Frank J. Selke award twice, which is given to the NHL forward who displays the most defensive skill (1994 and 1996). In 1994, Sergei also took home the Hart Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the NHL and the Lester B. Pearson award, given to the regular season’s most outstanding player.

Honorable Mention: Dennis Rodman, Chicago Bulls.

92. Reggie White, NFL.

Reggie White, “The Minister of Defense,” is the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 92. Reggie was posthumously enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, being justly rewarded for his stellar NFL career spanning 15 years, from 1985 through 2000. He was known predominantly as a star defensive end with both the Eagles (1985 – 1992,) and the Packers (1993 – 1998); he also played for the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He was selected to 13 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986-1998. He totaled 198 career NFL sacks, which is second all time behind Buffalo Bills great Bruce Smith. White was the only player ever selected to Pro Football Weekly’s 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams. White also led the NFL in sacks for two seasons, and totaled 10 or more sacks in nine consecutive seasons and double-digit sack numbers in 12 seasons.

Honorable Mention: Michael Strahan, New York Giants.

93. Doug Gilmour, NHL.

Over Gilmour’s career, spanning from 1983-2003, Doug played for seven different NHL teams. During that time, Gilmor scored 450 goals and added 964 assists. He was also known for his physical play, tallying 1299 penalty minutes for his career.

Honorable Mention: John Randle, Minnesota Vikings

94. Charles Haley, NFL.

Haley was a defensive force for two of the NFL’s fiercest rivals during the 1990s. He accumulated 100.5 sacks as a defensive end over his 12-year National Football League career. He was the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1994. Haley was drafted out of James Madison University in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers where he was a dominant pass rusher for six years. Charles then went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys for a five-year period that started with a Super Bowl Championship in 1992. Haley has the distinction of being a Super Bowl champion five times, with two different teams (twice with San Francisco and three times with Dallas.) He was also a five time pro-bowler (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995.) His best year statistically was as a 26-year-old with San Francisco in 1990 when he racked up 16 sacks.

Honorable Mention: Pat Williams, Minnesota Vikings

95. Richard Dent, NFL.

Although Dent made his professional mark with the Chicago Bears (spanning the years 1983 to 1993, and then again in 1995), he also played football for the 49ers (1994), Colts (1996) and Eagles (1997). Dent was an eighth-round draft pick that became one of the best, a four-time pro bowler (1985, 1986, 1991 and 1994); he was also MVP of the 1986 Super Bowl. Dent retired in 1997 with 137.5 sacks (third behind Reggie White).

Honorable Mention: Chris Hovan- Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

96. Cortez Kennedy, Seattle Seahawks.

This NFL defensive tackle played for the Seattle Seahawks for his full 11-year career and tallied 667 total tackles (522 solo tackles), 58 sacks and eleven forced fumbles. Kennedy is a member of the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor and the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s.

Honorable Mention: Adalius Thomas, New England Patriots

97. Jeremy Roenick, NHL.

Roenick had a long productive career in the NHL. He began in 1988 with the Chicago Blackhawks (where he wore number 27) after being taken eighth overall in the NHL draft. He moved on to the Phoenix Coyotes where he became number 97. In Roenick’s NHL career through the end of the 2006-2007 season, he posted 1,170 points, 495 goals and 675 assists. Roenick has also been a very physical player over his career as evidenced by his total career penalty minutes: 1,413. He has also been productive in the post-season, totaling 116 points in the playoffs.

Honorable Mention: LaRoi Glover, Dallas Cowboys.

98. Tony Siragusa, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens.

Siragusa split his 12-year NFL playing career between the Colts (1990 – 1996) and the Ravens (1997 – 2001). Siragusa was a key member of the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl Championship team. He was a prolific tackler during his time with both the Colts and Ravens. Over 12 years, “Goose” accumulated 562 total tackles (416 of them solo tackles) and 22 sacks. His best year on the gridiron was 1994, while wearing a Colts’ jersey. He tallied 88 total tackles (64 solo), five sacks and two forced fumbles.

Honorable Mention: Greg Ellis, Dallas Cowboys.

99. Wayne Gretzky, NHL.

“The Great One” set or tied 61 total NHL records when he retired, he scored the most NHL regular season points with 2,857 in 1,487 games (894 goals, 1,963 assists). He also scored the most NHL goals, including playoffs, 1,016 in 1,487 regular season and 208 playoff games. He accumulated the most assists, including playoffs with 2,223, along with accumulating 15 seasons of 100 or more points.

Honorable Mention: Mark Gastineau, New York Jets; Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders.