85 Days Until NFL Kickoff – Best Players to Wear 85 in NFL History


It is officially 85 days until the official kickoff of the 2022 NFL season! As our official countdown here on FlurrySports, we will be releasing the best players to ever wear the jersey number of the number of days remaining. Follow along to keep track of how many days until the NFL season, and share who YOU think the best player to ever wear that jersey number is! Click here to see the best NFL players from yesterday.

With 85 days until the 2022 NFL season, we give you the best NFL players to wear #85. Of course, some of the all-time greats at this number will still be playing this season. They have the ability to continue rising up the list! The official ranking of these players is based on the Approximate Value (AV) from Pro Football Reference.

Without further ado, here are the all-time best players to wear #85 in NFL history.

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Best Players to Wear 85 in NFL History

1) Jack Youngblood, DE (1971-84)

NFL Draft: 1971, Round 1, Pick 20 to the Los Angeles Rams

Hall of Fame

7x Pro Bowl | 5x All-Pro

151.5 Sacks, 10 Fumble Recoveries

2) Nick Buoniconti, LB (1962-76)

NFL Draft: 1962, Round 13, Pick 102 to the Boston Patriots

Hall of Fame

8x Pro Bowl | 5x All-Pro

Super Bowl Champion (VII, VIII)

24 Sacks, 32 Interceptions, 2 Defensive TDs

3) Antonio Gates, TE (2003-18)

NFL Draft: Undrafted in 2003

8x Pro Bowl | 3x All-Pro

955 Receptions, 11,841 Rec Yards, 116 Rec TDs

4) Derrick Mason, WR (1998-2011)

NFL Draft: 1997, Round 4, Pick 98 to the Tennessee Oilers

2x Pro Bowl | 1x All-Pro

943 Receptions, 12,061 Rec Yards, 66 Rec TDs

5) Chad Johnson, WR (2001-11)

NFL Draft: 2001, Round 2, Pick 36 to the Cincinnati Bengals

6x Pro Bowl | 2x All-Pro

766 Receptions, 11,059 Rec Yards, 67 Rec TDs