I own a Bo Jackson Angels jersey. It's the coolest. And it typically leads to a couple of responses of "Hey, Reggie Jackson didn't wear No. 22" or, "I forgot Jackson ended his career with the Angels."
And it happens a lot in sports, when a star player is forced to finish out his career with a strange team. Sometimes it's good (Marcus Allen and Joe Montana in Kansas City). Sometimes it's bad (Emmitt Smith in Arizona). And sometimes it's downright ugly (Johnny Unitas in San Diego).
Who knows, maybe a decade from now, a couple of football fans will be kicking it at a bar and some guy will roll by in a Peyton Manning Dolphins jersey to prompt one of them to say, "Oh man, I totally forgot Manning played that one half season with the Fins."
That would rocket Manning to the top of the ironic jersey list. And with that in mind, here are my six coolest ironic jerseys to own. I did extensive research on this. I took to Twitter, conversed with co-workers, and so on. And as somebody whose still rocks the David Boston Chargers jersey, this is near and dear to my heart.
But first, here are some great user suggestions from other sports:
Mike Piazza's Marlins jersey (thank you Andrew Berg).
Kobe Bryant's Hornets jersey (thank you Ford Kendrick).
Wayne Gretzky's Blues jersey (thank you, Merm).
Michael Jordan's Wizards jersey (thank you, Carmen).
Some cool jerseys you could never wear:
Eli Manning's Chargers jersey . (Though, would it be the Manning No. 10 or the No. 1 he begrudgingly held up at the draft as above.)
John Elway's Colts jersey. (Jason LaCanfora said people will get beat up in Baltimore for rocking it.)
Bo Jackson's Buccaneers jersey.
Some great choices that just missed the cut:
Franco Harris' Seahawks jersey (Dameshek's choice).
Lance Alworth's Cowboys jersey.
Randy Moss' Titans jersey.
Thurman Thomas' Dolphins jersey.
David Garrard's Pro Bowl jersey (Handsome Hank's choice).
And without further ado ...
Jerry Rice's Broncos jersey
The cool thing about this, Rice had Steve Largent pull the No. 80 out of the rafters to give to him in Seattle. Rod Smith wouldn't budge on his No. 80 in Denver, so Rice had to go with No. 19 in training camp. I wonder if they even made this.