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The Best No. 46 Jerseys To Wear During Virtual THON

There are many ways to celebrate THON, but how about rocking a No. 46 jersey? When it comes to fashion, just about anything goes for these 46 hours.

It’s never been the most popular number for basically any sport, but there are still plenty of athletes to choose from. It’s never too late to same-day ship an obscure jersey, all For The Kids!

If you need some inspiration, here are our picks for the best No. 46 jerseys to sport this weekend:

Lindsey Horan, Paris Saint Germain

Did you know a World Cup-winner for the United States once wore No. 46? That’s right, when Horan was at PSG, she inadvertently shouted out THON by wearing the number.

That was back in her beginning days of being a professional from 2012 to 2016. Now, she has blossomed into a full-blown world superstar for the Portland Thorns and the United States. To this date, the 26-year old has accumulated 89 caps for the Yanks, and is one of the most successful and elite players in this list.

Show Horan some love and grab her 2013 Paris Saint Germain women’s kit!

John Konchar, Memphis Grizzlies

John Konchar may not be as well known as Lonzo Ball or Zion Williamson, but you know where he separates from his fellow young superstars? He wears No. 46!

Konchar is a 24-year old who went undrafted in 2019 after attending Purdue Fort Wayne of the Horizon League. Now, he is a shooting guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, and is actually getting some playing time!

It’s rare for basketball players to don any digit above five, and rarer still for them to wear 46. Only seven players have worn the THON-specific jersey in the history of the league, with Aron Baynes of the Toronto Raptors the only other current professional.

Don Fleming, Cleveland Browns

Don Fleming was a safety that played professionally for the Cleveland Browns, and to this date is the only player to have a No. 46 jersey retired in any of the major American sports leagues.

The Bellaire, Ohio native went to Florida University for college before coming back to his home state to play professionally in 1960. While with the Gators, Fleming was a First Team All-SEC safety. Unfortunately, he only played three years in the NFL before tragically dying in a construction accident at the age of 25. His early passing led to Cleveland retiring his number.

Why not celebrate the life of someone who was taken too quick by donning a retro Browns jersey?

John Sexton, Redwoods (Lacrosse)

Why not add a lacrosse jersey to your collection? Since you’re in a For The Kids mood, the most on-brand professional would be former Notre Dame star John Sexton.

Nowadays, Sexton is plying his trade for the Redwoods of the PLL (Premier Lacrosse League). Unlike most of the players on this list, Sexton is actually a star in his league. The long stick midfielder joined the professional ranks in 2019, and promptly carried his team to the championship game. He was also a three-time All American with the Fighting Irish.

Plus, who wouldn’t want to wear something as sweet as this?

Credit to Premier Lacrosse League

Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees

Ugh, Yankees fans. Maybe we can let your allegiance slide on one condition: your jersey of choice is Andy Pettitte’s No. 46!

Pettitte is a three-time MLB All-Star, and was a pitcher for five World Series-winning Yankee teams. Like his football counterpart Fleming, Pettitte is the only baseball player to have the No. 46 retired in MLB history.

David Krejci, Boston Bruins

In the hockey world, Czechia David Krejci is the most well known when it comes to donning the 46.

Krejci was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2006, and has stayed in Massachusetts his whole career. In his many years with the Bruins, Krejci has racked up an impressive 207 goals and 489 assists in 926 appearances.

Krejci is still producing at a high level even at the age of 34, so you better grab his jersey now! Who knows, maybe he will still be on the ice 12 years from now…

Junior Stanislas, West Ham United

Soccer jerseys are the most versatile uniforms to wear in any setting, and THON is no different!

Like typical American sports, 46 isn’t a desirable number in soccer. Junior Stanislas has had a prolific 13-year career, and has since graduated to No. 19. However, this shouldn’t stop you from copping his West Ham United jersey from 2009, when he was significantly lower in the totem pole.

Nick Tarburton, Penn State Football

Take your Saquon jersey, and add 20 to it: it’s THON weekend!

This year, the lucky Penn Stater to wear No. 46 is redshirt sophomore Nick Tarburton. The defensive end had seven appearances in 2020, and Nittany Lion star Shaka Toney has had some nice things to say about him.

Most diehard Penn State football fans have a jersey or two, but why not get more into the spirit of Dear Old State by getting Tarburton’s 46?

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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