Out latest “best by uni number” graphic comes from reader Drew Glover, who provides the following bit of context for his Tar Heel State project:
I included college and professional sports, and also NASCAR (because North Carolina).
The research made this project a lot of fun. How else would I have found out that Digital NC has hundreds of scanned university yearbooks?
My player choices were extremely biased, and the graphic is intentionally titled “Athletes by the Number” — not “Best Athletes” — because I definitely made some aesthetic decisions for the good of the overall composition. I also created a spreadsheet, in case you’re curious about some of the choices.
From an aesthetic standpoint, I really love all the different shades of blue, and the various non-blue colors provide some nice visual counterpoints.
As usual, I’ll let others quibble with the player choices (although it seems like Drew has already pre-empted some of them by admitting up front that he’s not claiming these to be the “best” players).
If you want to see more “Best Players by Uni Number” graphics, look here.