Honoring 11, 12 and 13 on 11/12/13

Today is November 11, 2013, or 11/12/13. So, instead of picking on significant event from today in years past, I decided to copy Sports Center and select one outstanding athlete who wore each of the numbers 11, 12 and 13.

Mike Gartner wore number 11 for five different teams in the National Hockey League from 1979-1998. He was drafted by the Washington Capitols in the first round in 1979.  The team retired his number in 2008.  He made 15 NHL post season appearances but never had the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup let alone play in the finals. He is one of a small group of former NHL players to be inducted into the hall of fame despite his absence in the finals. What makes him stand out? Just 708 career goals over 19 seasons, 17 of which had 30 or more goals. The Hockey Hall of Fame took him in with the class of 2001.

John Stockton wore number 12 for the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association for his entire career, from 1984 to 2003. The point guard helped the Jazz get to the post season 19 times. He played for team USA and was presented with a gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona with the dream team as well as 96 in Atlanta, Georgia. He played in 10 NBA All-Star games and was named the MVP of the game for the 1992-93 season. The 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee was chosen 16th in the first round of the 1984 draft. His number was retired by the Jazz in 2004.

Dan Marino wore number 13 as the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League from 1983 to 1999. The 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee was chosen by the Dolphins in the first round of the 1983 draft. He totaled 61,361 passing yards and 420 touchdown passes in his years in the NFL. He had a 60 percent pass completion rate. The team made a post season appearance nine different seasons. He played in his only Super Bowl on Jan. 20, 1985 where the Dolphins suffered a 38-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins retired his number in 2000.

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