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December 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Who's the most famous No. 12 in our state's sports history?

Today is a big day for No. 12. It's the day it all lines up on the calendar - 12/12/12.

And 12 is a big number in the sports world, too. A lot of great quarterbacks wore that number and some of them are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Quarterbacks like Joe Namath, Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw. And don't forget Tom Brady. Those four No. 12s have won nine Super Bowls among them.

That got me thinking about No. 12s in our state's sports, or the lack thereof. Except for the fabled 12th Man - aka the Seahawks' unparalleled fans - no one wearing that number jumped out at me.

So I did a little research - a project, as Edgar Martinez (who wore No. 11) once said - to find the biggest Seattle sports icon who wore the number. Actually, I did very little research because someone else did it for me. Bill Reader, our peerless (and aptly named) deputy sports editor, had already chosen the most famous jersey numbers in Seattle sports history more than a decade ago.

The winner, according to that list, was Billy Joe Hobert, the quarterback who led the Washington Huskies to a share of the 1991 national title.

That list included some other interesting No. 12s: Huskies defensive back Al Worley, Mariners pitcher Mark Langston, Seattle U basketball star Frank Oleynick, the 12th Man, former Seattle Thunderbird Patrick Marleau and (drum roll, please, because this is my favorite) the U12, Miss Budweiser unlimited hydroplane.

Widening the search to the rest of the state, I came up with a big name: John Stockton, the Hall of Fame basketball player from Spokane who wore that number when he played for the NBA's Utah Jazz.

Are we missing anyone? That's where you come in. Add any others in comments to this Take 2 or email them to me directly at the address at the end of this post.

We're planning to narrow the nominees to a list of finalists and let you vote on it in our daily Sports poll.

So have at it. Let us know who your favorite No. 12 from Washington is.

If you’d like to write a Take 2 post, email Sports Editor Don Shelton at or

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I vote for Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser. RIP Dean Chenoweth. MORE
Anyone remember the 1975 Apple Cup? #12 is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. MORE
To me, the most famous #12 was: ME. I had #12 in 6th grade basketball. . ' MORE

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