Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 99-90

By Daniel Friedman
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Every week, we’ll rank the best players in local sports history by uniform/jersey number, in sets of 10. So with that said, let’s start from the top. Here are 99-90:

99: Wayne Gretzky, Rangers

Wayne Gretzky (Credit: Getty Images)

Wayne Gretzky (Credit: Getty Images)

No offense to Mark Gastineau, but Gretzky is arguably the greatest to ever play his sport. As for Turk Wendell, well, he never stood a chance.

98: Jessie Armstead, Giants

Jessie Armstead (Credit: Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT)

Jessie Armstead (Credit: Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT)

A five-time Pro Bowler, he helped the Giants get to the Super Bowl in 2000.

97: Calvin Pace, Jets

Calvin Pace (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Calvin Pace (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

A big part of the Jets’ defense that led the team to back-to-back AFC Championship Games.

96: Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets

Muhammad Wilkerson (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Muhammad Wilkerson (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Has proven himself on the football field right from the get-go, and will only get better and better.

95: Rick Lyle, Jets

Rick Lyle (Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport)

Rick Lyle (Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport)

Started 67 straight regular-season and playoff games for the Jets from 1997-2001.

94: John Abraham, Jets

John Abraham (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

John Abraham (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A member of the 100 Sacks Club and a five-time Pro Bowler. An outstanding defensive player.

93: Marty Lyons, Jets

Marty Lyons (Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport)

Marty Lyons (Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport)

Part of the famous (or infamous) “New York Sack Exchange” that terrorized quarterbacks and offensive lines.

92: Michael Strahan, Giants

Michael Strahan (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Michael Strahan (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Had the most sacks in a single season in NFL history. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and finished off his career with a Super Bowl championship (2007). Not bad.

91: John Tavares, Islanders

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

One of the best players in the NHL already, and he still hasn’t reached his ceiling. Scary to think about.

90: Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jason Pierre-Paul (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A two-time Pro Bowler, he helped the Giants win a Super Bowl in 2012. Was a major factor on that championship team.

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