How Important Is a Rookie’s Selection of His NFL Number?

May 7, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s natural for most rookies just entering the league to have some degree of interest in what his number will be, especially considering it can help define his legacy. However, most players are not overly rigid in their number preference and typically show willingness to be flexible in their initial request. Some guys will do nearly anything to get the number they want.
They say the number on the jersey doesn’t make the man; it’s the man who makes the number on the jersey. There’s about as much truth to this as there is with fashion.
A charismatic superstar can undoubtedly enhance the appeal of any number, but some numbers are inherently more attractive than others.
Just think about how sleek and elevated Deion Sanders appears when the No. 21 is displayed on his jersey and compare that to when he wore No. 37 for the Ravens. There are clearly limits to how desirable the number 37 can be. But maybe this connection has to do with Deion already estab...

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