Get the (single) digits: NFL’s jersey number change can bring back classic looks for some players

The NFL homeowners accepted a rule change on Wednesday proposed by the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs that loosens jersey quantity guidelines. Prepare for lots extra gamers rocking single-digit jerseys.

Presently working backs, receivers, linebackers, tight ends and defensive backs should put on uniform numbers inside a sure numerical vary. The change means all of the cool, single-digit uniforms that solely kickers, punters and QBs can put on are actually allowed on extra gamers. It additionally means uniform numbers will look much more like school, the place there are not any such laws and anybody can just about put on any quantity.

In accordance with ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, per NFL guidelines, if a participant desires to vary his quantity this season, he must purchase out the present stock of jersey distributors. If he desires to offer discover now to vary his quantity subsequent season, there can be no requirement to purchase out stock.

The change would permit most of the NFL’s high gamers return to the appears to be like they wore in school. If the gamers do wish to change, this is what some may appear to be:

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett

Quantity: 96 to fifteen?

Garrett, sporting No. 15 with the Aggies, was a two-time All-America choice and had 47 profession sacks earlier than being the No. 1 choose within the 2017 NFL draft. With the Browns, Garrett has 42.5 profession sacks and was an All-Professional in 2020.

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

Quantity: 22 to 2?

In 2015, Henry received the Heisman Trophy and led Alabama to a nationwide title. In his remaining season with the Crimson Tide, Henry rushed for two,219 yards and 28 scores. Tennessee drafted him within the second spherical of the 2016 draft. Henry added one other 2,000-yard dashing season in 2020, when he was named the NFL’s Offensive Participant of the 12 months.

Los Angeles Rams DB Jalen Ramsey

Quantity: 20 to eight?

Ramsey began as a real freshman and received the 2013 BCS nationwide title whereas at Florida State. He was an All-American in 2015 earlier than being drafted No. 5 general by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. With the Jags, he made it to the 2017 AFC Championship Sport earlier than going to the Rams. He’s now the NFL’s highest-paid defensive again.

New England Patriots DB Stephon Gilmore

Quantity: 24 to five?

At South Carolina, Gilmore was a two-time All-SEC participant earlier than being drafted by the Buffalo Payments in 2012. Gilmore moved to the Patriots in 2017 and, since then, has received a Tremendous Bowl, received the Defensive Participant of the 12 months award and been an All-Professional twice.

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

Quantity: 22 to five?

At Stanford, McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ collegiate document for all-purpose yards and accounted for practically 7,000 whole yards in his school profession. He additionally has Stanford’s single-game dashing document and the Rose Bowl document for all-purpose yards. He was a first-round choose by Carolina. With the Panthers, he had consecutive 1,000-yard dashing seasons in 2018 and 2019 earlier than an ankle harm minimize brief his 2020 season.

Some gamers took to social media to debate quantity adjustments:

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