Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC South

Football Friday at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post galleries of football cards (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the NFC South — the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Previous galleries: AFC EastNFC EastAFC North, NFC North, AFC South

Atlanta Falcons (0)

The Falcons do not retire jersey numbers, but in 2004 they established their own Ring of Honor for former players. The inductees to date are Steve Bartkowski, Deion Sanders, William Andrews, Jeff Van Note, Jessie Tuggle, Tommy Nobis, Mike Kenn, and Claude Humphrey.

Carolina Panthers (1)

#51 — Sam Mills

Sam Mills 1995 Topps Stadium Club football card

New Orleans Saints (4)

#31 — Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor 1968 Topps football card

#81 — Doug Atkins

Doug Atkins 1969 Topps football card

#51 — Sam Mills

Sam Mills 1990 Fleer football card

#57 — Rickey Jackson

Rickey Jackson 1989 Pro Set football card

In a rather odd move, the Saints still issue these four jersey numbers to active players even though officially they’re “retired.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)

#63 — Lee Roy Selmon

Lee Roy Selmon 1984 Topps football card

#99 — Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp 1995 Upper Deck football card