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15 Sports Stars Who Changed Jersey Numbers

15 Famous Athletes Who Pulled a Number Switcheroo

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Athletes are goofy when it comes to superstition. They're even goofier when it comes to jersey numbers. Some players will shell out tens of thousands of dollars, just to wear a certain numeral.

But here are 15 famous athletes who fully embraced a number change for one reason or another:

15. Kobe Bryant - 8 to 24

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15. Kobe Bryant - 8 to 24

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando Magic

Kobe was at a career crossroads when he decided to go back to his original number, 24. One better than Jordan.

14. Deion Sanders - 21 to 37

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14. Deion Sanders - 21 to 37

Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts - December 19, 2004

Prime Time was 21 for life, until he came out of retirement to play for the Ravens at 37.

13. Karl Malone - 32 to 11

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13. Karl Malone - 32 to 11

Lakers v Timberwolves

The Mailman mostly delivered while wearing No. 32 with the Jazz during his career, but he wore No. 11 for his final NBA season with the Lakers.

12. Cam Neely - 21 to 8

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12. Cam Neely - 21 to 8

Cam Neely

Neely's No. 8 is now retired with the Bruins, but he wore No. 21 with the Canucks.

11. Randy Moss - 84 to 18 to 81

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11. Randy Moss - 84 to 18 to 81

Randy Moss

Moss switched numbers a couple of times during his lengthy NFL career, but ultimately ended up back with No. 84 in San Francisco.

10. Michael Vick - 7 to 1

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10. Michael Vick - 7 to 1

Philadelphia Eagles v Denver Broncos

Vick has always worn No. 7, but that will change during his first season in New York. After deciding on No. 8, the QB changed his mind and will now wear No. 1 for the Jets in 2014.

9. Charles Barkley - 34 to 4

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9. Charles Barkley - 34 to 4

Charles Barkley

Sir Charles switched numbers a couple of times during his NBA career. He briefly switched to No. 32 to honor Magic Johnson while still with the 76ers. He then went with No. 4 to close out his career with the Rockets (Hakeem).

8. Julius Erving - 32 to 6

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8. Julius Erving - 32 to 6

New York Nets v Boston Celtics

Erving's career can be divided into two parts. One as No. 32 in the ABA. One as No. 6 in the NBA. Both were tremendously successful.

7. Alex Rodriguez - 3 to 13

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7. Alex Rodriguez - 3 to 13

Alex Rodriguez walks to the dugout

A-Rod doesn't deserve to wear any MLB jersey, but he was forced to change to No. 13 in New York because of the Babe.

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 8 to 88

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6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 8 to 88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Junior's change to No. 88 always symbolized a change in his career. His current car design featuring the double-eight looks fantastic.

5. Derek Fisher - 2 to 37

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5. Derek Fisher - 2 to 37

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

Fisher was always No. 2, but when he signed on with the Thunder at 37-years of age, he decided to make a statement.

4. Kevin Garnett - 21 to 5 to 2

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4. Kevin Garnett - 21 to 5 to 2

Kevin Garnett

KG honors his late friend Malik Sealy with the No. 2. Sealy wore that number with the T-Wolves and was killed by a drunk driver in the year 2000 after leaving Garnett's birthday party.

3. LeBron James - 23 to 6 to 23

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 1
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3. LeBron James - 23 to 6 to 23

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 1

James' move to change from 23 to 6 was a good one. But now that he's going back to Cleveland, he's decided to leave No. 6 in Miami.

2. Shaquille O'Neal - 32 to 34

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2. Shaquille O'Neal - 32 to 34

Skiles-Shaq Intro

Shaq turned heel when he signed with the Lakers back in 1996, but he couldn't use No. 32 because of a certain magic man.

1. Michael Jordan - 23 to 45

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1. Michael Jordan - 23 to 45

Michael Jordan dunks the ball

This jersey number change takes the cake. Jordan took the most famous number in sports and went with his baseball number upon his return to the NBA in 1995. Now everybody comes back wearing the 4-5.