(CNN)The Washington Football Team paid tribute Sunday to beloved football legend Sean Taylor, who was killed in 2007 while protecting his family from a home burglary.
The National Football League (NFL) team retired his jersey number, 21, during a ceremony before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During the pregame ceremony, nearly 100 alumni players were also honored at FedExField in Prince George's County, Maryland, the Washington Football Team said in a press release Thursday.
This is the third time in the Washington Football Team's 89-year history a jersey number was retired, according to the team.
"I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others looked to him as a role model," Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said in the release.
"The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways."
Taylor was 24 years old when he was shot during an apparent burglary at his home in Miami, where he was rehabilitating after a knee injury. He died the next day.
Police said Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened by noise coming from the living room early November 26. Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired.
A bullet struck the femoral artery in Taylor's leg, causing massive blood loss. Garcia and the couple's 18-month-old daughter were unharmed.
Four men were charged with felony first-degree murder in Taylor's shooting death.
Honoring the father, brother, and football star
Taylor played for the Washington Football Team all four seasons of his NFL career, according to the team. He was regarded as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL.
The 2004 first-round draft pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
Taylor recorded 257 tackles (206 solo) during his brief career, two sacks and seven interceptions.
Dubbing him "the prototype NFL free safety," Washington credited Taylor's team-leading tackling prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after 2006.
Along with retiring his jersey number, the Washington Football Team also renamed the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, according to the release.
On Friday, October 29th, a ceremony will be held before the Chattooga Football game (beginning at approximately 6:45 pm) to retire Senorise Perrys football jersey (#32). Senior Night will also be held before the game on this night.
PRO: The Titans signed Senorise Perry during the 2020 offseason to add depth and special teams experience to the running back rotation. The former University of Louisville product has made his mark in the NFL on special teams coverage units and as a kickoff returner. The 6 foot, 210 pounder entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2014. Perry has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2016 18) and the Buffalo Bills (2019).
Perry wasnt among the rookie free agents signed in the days following the 2014 NFL Draft. He hit the tryout circuit and hoped to make an impression. Perry was one of two players signed by the Chicago Bears after a May tryout. He excelled on special teams in the preseason games and sealed his 53 man roster spot as an undrafted free agent.
Perry excelled in track and field as a high school senior, winning the Georgia state titles in the 100 meters and long jump.
Perrys hobbies include photography and he has a desire to learn how to deep sea fish.
The best advice Perry has received came from his mother. She said, always believe in yourself and trust in the man above.
The Summerville, Ga., native was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as a rookie free agent on May 19, 2014.
Waived by the Bears on Aug. 28, 2016 and signed to the teams practice squad on Sept. 4, 2016.
Released from the Bears practice squad on Sept. 13, 2016.
Signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad on Oct. 12, 2016.
Signed by the Dolphins to a futures contract on Jan. 10, 2017.
Signed by the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent on March 28, 2019.
Waived by the Bills with an injury settlement on Sept. 4, 2019.
Signed by the Bills as a free agent on Oct. 8, 2019.
Signed by the Titans as a free agent on April 30, 2020.
Was a four year letterman (2010 13) at Louisville. Played in 46 games with six starts and posted 289 carries for 1,409 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 36 receptions for 359 yards and a score. Tallied 22 kickoff returns for 513 yards. Collected 30 tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.
As a senior (2013), played in all 13 games with six starts and posted 141 carries for 677 yards and six touchdowns. Hauled in 18 receptions for 178 yards and a score. Registered seven kickoff returns for 166 yards. Notched seven tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.
As a junior (2012), played in 11 games and notched 136 carries for 705 yards and a team best 11 touchdowns. Added 18 receptions for 181 yards and seven kickoff returns for 137 yards. Recorded five special teams tackles.
As a sophomore (2011), played in all 13 games and recorded 12 carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. Posted eight kickoff returns for 210 yards. Notched 11 special teams tackles and a blocked punt on special teams.
As a true freshman (2010), saw action in nine games and collected seven tackles on special teams.
Graduated with a degree in communications from Louisville.
Attended Chattooga (Summerville, Ga.) High School where he played running back and linebacker.
As a senior (2009), posted 918 rushing yards and 216 receiving yards with 12 offensive touchdowns and six return scores. Named All state as a return specialist and All area on defense.
Also participated in track and field, winning state titles in the 100 meters and long jump.
Has a son and a daughter.
First name is pronounced suh nah riss.
Follow Perry on Twitter @SenoriseP.
Born Senorise Perry on Sept. 19, 1991 in Summerville, Ga.
For as long as the Washington Football Team exists, no other player will ever wear No. 21.
The team announced Thursday that it will be retiring the jersey number that belonged to the late Sean Taylor, the two-time Pro Bowl safety who was one of the bright young stars of the league before he was murdered in 2007 at the age of 24.
Taylor's jersey will be retired Sunday afternoon when Washington hosts the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart," Washington Football Team President Jason Wright said Thursday in a statement. "I and many others looked to him as a role model. The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways."
The event will coincide with the franchise's alumni homecoming weekend, during which nearly 100 former players will be on hand. Taylor's number will be retired during a pre-game ceremony, marking only the third time the franchise has retired a number.
The team apologized for the short notice on the ceremony, which it said had been in the works for some time.
"We have been planning this weekend's tribute to Sean Taylor since before the start of the season in partnership with Sean Taylor's family and as part of our Alumni weekend activities," the team said in a statement. "We are looking forward to rededicate Sean Taylor Road with Sean Taylor's friends, family and team alumni and are excited to officially retire his jersey during the game with our fans and alumni present as part of our Alumni Homecoming Weekend activities. We apologize to fans who would have liked more notice and will continue to share with fans ways we will be celebrating Sean Taylor's legacy over the next month."
A limited number of fans who attend will receive Sean Taylor rally towels that are designed from the ones the franchise handed out after his murder. Players will also wear helmet decals with Taylor's No. 21 and coaches and staff will wear lapel pins with Taylor's number.
As the Milwaukee Bucks prepare to tip off the new NBA season against the Brooklyn Nets, SportsPro brings you a definitive rundown of all the key details off the court.
The build up to the National Basketball Association s (NBA) 2021/22 season has been dominated by one storyline. Covid 19 vaccination has become a hot button topic which has seen, most notably, Kyrie Irving told he will not be playing for Brooklyn Nets anytime soon.
A powerful voice within the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Irving insists his position is anti mandate rather than any disagreement with the science, but what is certain is that he has become the face of the league s troubling anti vax movement. Others, such as Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and the Orlando Magic s Jonathan Isaac, have also let it be known publicly that they are not going to be getting inoculated.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on 12th October that 96 per cent of NBA players are vaccinated and, according to NBC, teams do not have to pay players if they miss games because of their vaccination status. While that might be a crumb of comfort for those working in accounts, such a risk could be viewed as a failure of the NBA to get a handle on the issue. In the Women s National Basketball Association (WNBA), 99 per cent of players are vaccinated after the top brass initiated a player led campaign to educate its athletes. There was no such programme for the NBA.
The defenseman has signed a three-year entry level contract
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Vincent Iorio to a three-year entry level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Iorio's contract will carry an average annual value of $875,833.
The Capitals selected Iorio, 18, with the 55 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The 6'4", 200-pound defenseman appeared in one preseason game for the Capitals on Sept. 29 against the New Jersey Devils before being assigned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) on Oct. 1.
The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native was ranked 27th among North American defensemen by NHL Central Scouting prior to the 2021 NHL Draft. Iorio registered 12 points (5g, 7a) in 22 games with Brandon during the 2020-21 season. He ranked third among Wheat King defensemen in points last season, and his 0.55 points per game was the highest of his three-year WHL career.
During the 2017-18 season, Iorio won the WHL Cup gold medal. Additionally, Iorio played two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary's hockey program, which has included former players such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise.
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews remains focused on being ready for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the Montreal Canadiens in their regular-season opener Oct. 13.
"I'm just taking it day by day and still kind of planning and hoping for that first game," Matthews said Monday. "I feel pretty good. I think each day has progressed pretty well. In the last couple weeks, I've been able to turn it up a couple notches and handle the puck and shoot and just feel more comfortable. Taking reps with the guys is a good sign for me."
The center, who had wrist surgery Aug. 13, was less committal on whether he would get into any of Toronto's remaining three preseason games, against the Ottawa Senators on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN), the Canadiens on Tuesday, and Ottawa again Saturday.
"I think there would be a lot of value in different aspects of it but I'm really not too sure," Matthews said. "We've got a few games left, so we'll see how it goes throughout the week."
Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said at this point, he is not sure if Matthews will be ready to play in the preseason.
"When Auston and the medical team deem it is appropriate for him to resume full participation and be ready for games, we will of course get him involved," Keefe said. "Until then, he is going to continue to go through his process and I have no doubts he will be ready."
Matthews participated in some contact drills Sunday and skated Monday wearing a red, non-contact jersey. He said he was pleased with how the wrist responded after the hour-long session.
"I think it was more precautionary," Matthews said. "I think the boys know not to try to run me through the boards right now.
"Today was good getting into the corners with guys and feeling that pressure and other bodies on you in the corner and working through it. Everything felt pretty solid, so I was pretty happy with it. I was really itching to get back and test it a little bit jumping into some drills and feeling it out. Today was a good step partaking in the full practice. It felt good."
Matthews played through the wrist injury for most of last season, when he led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games. He said is still dealing with slight pain that occurs occasionally during drills, but that it is more to do with working through the process of coming back from surgery.
"It's just about building back strength to where it felt when I was 100 percent healthy," Matthews said. "It's definitely getting there. It just takes time but I'm happy where it's gone. It's not quite where I want it to be, but I like where it is progressing and where it's going. I can only control what I can control as far as this whole process has gone, so it's been going well and I'm happy where I'm at. I'm just going to keep pushing and hope for the best here."
Matthews is also looking to create a rapport with left wing Nick Ritchie, his new linemate with right wing Mitchell Marner. Zach Hyman skated with Matthews and Marner before signing a seven-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers as an unrestricted free agent July 28.
Ritchie signed a two-year contract with the Maple Leafs on July 31.
"It's been good in the couple drills we've had together," Matthews said. "He's obviously a really big boy (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) but he can make plays. It's really impressive, forehand, backhand with guys on him, he's such a big body and it's hard to take the puck away from him and he's got great vision. So far it's been pretty good and we just to continue to build that chemistry and get more reps together."
Before one dives into the history of Loewe handbags, one must first understand how the Spanish heritage brand wound up with a very German name. (We know you know, but in case you don t, the e s are both hard and the w is pronounced like a v.) A member of LVMH s impressive roster of luxury brands, Loewe is, in fact, the oldest of them all. Founded in 1846, the label began as a collective of artisans crafting leather and suede goods in a workshop on Madrid s Lobo Street.
Spain has a long history of leather making, dating past even the work of the Moors in southern Spain in the 8th century when Cordovan horse leather was highly sought and prized. But it was only after an immigrant applied a bit of Germanic business pragmatism to the Spanish artisan collective that the group became a brand. The year was 1872 when Enrique Loewe Roessberg gave his name (which translates to lion ) to the label. By 1905, Loewe had earned the privilege of being an official supplier to the Spanish Royal Crown.
The brand maintained its status as a luxury leather maker, and by the middle of the century, Loewe bags could be seen on the likes of Ava Gardner during a visit to Spain with her then husband Frank Sinatra. In 1965, Loewe introduced its first ready to wear collection, and five years later, the brand enlisted Spanish artist Vicente Vela to develop a logo the famed anagram of four scrolling L s still in use today. Along the way, Karl Lagerfeld spent time at the label, as did Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti.
But Loewe It bags fixtures on the arms of It girls and boys the world over have had much do with LVMH, which acquired Loewe in 1996. Narciso Rodriguez, José Enrique Oña Selfa, and Stuart Vevers all took turns as the brand s creative director, but it wasn t until a then 29 year old Jonathan Anderson joined the brand in 2013 that Loewe bags really became iconic.
Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Marine Serre, Loewe, Gucci, Versace, Balmain, Givenchy, Valentino: Each brand did logos its own way for fall 2021 and each one felt new and fresh. After all, the Gucci x Balenciaga collection, which may go down as the buzziest crossover of the year, was rife with what else? Smatterings of both of the brand s logos. Even in the midst of Fashion Month for spring 2022, logos were on the rise. Who could forget Tom Ford s unmistakeable logo bra tops, Versace x Fendi, or Moschino s chunky pastel necklaces from recent runways?
Over the past few years, fashion lovers seem to have fallen into one of two camps: big monograms or more minimalist logos, Morgane Le Caer, content lead at Lyst, explains. However, thanks to recent collections and collaborations most notably the Gucci and Balenciaga hack, which quickly became one of the most talked about shows of the year bold logos seem to have gained the edge on their more modest counterparts. According to Lyst, over the past six months, interest in logo and monogram items has increased by 39 percent and 36 percent respectively, with the most popular brands standing as Gucci ( 54 percent), Prada ( 42 percent), Balenciaga ( 25 percent), and Fendi ( 18 percent).
So what s behind the meteoric rise of the logo in 2021? We can credit a large part of it to a newfound obsession with Y2K fashion. Think: vintage Dior saddle bags, Louis Vuitton pochettes, and the return of Ed Hardy being cherished by fashion s trendsetters (today that translates to famous faces including Bella Hadid and Addison Rae). The aesthetic can even be seen in the highest echelons of the fashion world. Take fall 2021 s runways as an example. There were Blumarine s ultra low rise pants, Chanel s tiny sequined dresses with short UGG like boots, and Miu Miu s silken studded slipdresses and knee high fur boots that looked either Y2K raver or après ski bunny, depending on how they were styled.
From TikTok to Depop, a younger generation is now embracing both brands from the early 2000s graveyard and peak 2000s luxury culture, such as Galliano era Dior monogram mini bags. Throwback logos and styles gain popularity as the next generation of consumers reflect on items from the past, fashion trend forecaster Chelsea Davignon, of Fashion Snoops, explains. In the case of millennials, retro branding may resemble early style identities or sentimental first purchases, while Gen Zers seek items that have never been a part of their wardrobes yet still evoke a comforting sense of familiarity. There s no question that fashion is bridging the gap between generations right now, whether that be through a Von Dutch cap from the early days of Paris Hilton or an Anna Sui logo baby tee from the late 90s.
Y2K was an era of anything goes, a fashion free for all, Anna Pompilio, senior strategist and trend forecaster at LPK, says. More was more, and that was great. I d say today, we re experiencing much of the same attitude. We ve exchanged unassuming, quiet luxury that has been at the helm for the last few years for overt extravagance and maximalism. Logos are a huge part of that. According to Pompilio, there are two main reasons why the logo has become so big in 2021: the desire to dress up again in a post pandemic world coupled with a longing for luxury, which has become so easily accessible through logos, as well as the intrinsic safety and classicism a logo offers something that throughout history has symbolized status, craft, and quality.
MADISON (WKOW) A legend of Wisconsin basketball will have his jersey retired later this season.
Michael Finley s impact on Wisconsin basketball is as profound as any athlete we ve had and I m thrilled that we are able to honor him by retiring his jersey, athletic director Chris McIntosh said. Finley s fingerprints are all over the revival of our program in the 1990s, and his legacy is alive in the incredible success we ve enjoyed over the past 30 years. Finley has spent his life serving as an incredible ambassador for not only Badger basketball, but also for our university in general. We can t wait to welcome him back to the Kohl Center later this season.
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Finley's No. 24 jersey is only the third basketball jersey to hang in the Kohl Center. It joins Ab Nicholas No. 8 and Frank Kaminsky s No. 44.
Finley said retiring the jersey is a great honor
It s a great honor. It represents a lot, not just to me but to all the teammates I had. We have a bond. It represents those guys and the students that were there when I was. They can say, I went to school with that guy, and he represented the university in a great way.
For me, that s one of the big things I look forward to seeing when my number is in the rafters. It s also something of a legacy for my kids. If they ever decided to go to the UW, they can see their last name up there and that represents a lot for me as well.
It gives guys who have grown up in a similar situation to the way I grew up, it gives them an example that if you put the hard work into something and dedicate yourself to being a better person and player, good things can happen. Maybe it gives them the inspiration to see that they can make it one day.
Finley was the first badger to score 2,000 points and helped lead the Badgers to the 1994 NCAA Tournament their first appearance in 47 years. He was a two time All Big Ten selection and a three time Associated Press honorable mention All American.
After graduation, Finley went on to have a successful 15 years long NBA career. He was named NBA s All Rookie Team in 1996, earned All Star selections in 2000 and 2001 and helped the San Antonio Spurs win an NBA championship in 2007.
Webull CEO Anthony Denier calls its deal with the Nets a coming out party in sports sponsorships.
Terms of the agreement for the jersey patch weren t announced, but people familiar with the agreement told CNBC it s a multiyear pact that pays the Nets roughly $30 million per year.
The Brooklyn Nets on Monday landed one of the National Basketball Association s top jersey patch sponsorships with New York based brokerage platform Webull, the parties told CNBC.
Terms of the agreement for the jersey patch weren t announced, but people familiar with the agreement told CNBC it s a multiyear pact that pays the Nets roughly $30 million per year. Since the NBA started its jersey patch asset in the 2017 18 season, the Golden State Warriors had the most expensive deal at $20 million per season with Japan based e commerce company Rakuten.
Webull is an online trading platform headquartered in New York and owned by Chinese holding company Fumi Technology. It competes with online brokers like Robinhood with its commission free offerings and is valued at $1 billion, according to PitchBook.
With the agreement Nets owner BSE Global, Webull obtains the Nets jersey patch, and local and international rights to leverage the Nets intellectual property outside of North America. Webull also will have a jersey presence on other BSE properties, including the WNBA s New York Liberty, the NBA G League s Long Island Nets, and NBA 2K esports team.
Webull replaces Motorola, which took a one year jersey patch deal with the Nets for the 2020 21 season. The team used that deal to make up for money lost due to the pandemic, which cost teams 40% of revenue due to fan restrictions. BSE CEO John Abbamondi called the agreement transformative, adding the two companies have matching consumer bases.
When you look at what Webull is doing with democratizing access to the financial markets to a younger generation of investors that lines up well with our younger fan base, Abbamondi said. We have very similar DNAs in terms of our customers and cultures of our companies.
The Nets become the latest NBA team to secure a patch deal, joining the Portland Trail Blazers, which landed the NBA s first cryptocurrency jersey patch via crypto platform StormX. And last week, the Minnesota Timberwolves landed a patch deal with digital security company Aura even though the franchise is in disarray amidst an ownership change.
Companies crave jersey patches from teams that have top national TV exposure, large social media impressions and star players with massive followings. The Nets have three in Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and having a former All Star in Blake Griffins helps, too.
To make the asset more attractive, the NBA increased the size of patches and permitted teams to leverage global rights. Abbamondi said the international component of the agreement has enhanced interest in the patch.
We were looking for is somebody that serves the international piece of this as well as the uniform piece, Abbamondi added. We found that with Webull.
Like other NBA jersey patch agreements, Webull will also get digital signage at the Barclays Center and work with the Nets to enhance STEM programs for underserved communities throughout the city. The Nets deal is the first sports partnership for Webull.
We ve been operating the last several years under the radar, Webull CEO Denier said. The average person and maybe average investor has never heard of Webull in many cases, but we ve become a significant player in the brokerage world. This is our coming out party us planting our flag in the ground to let the world know that we re here. And that works well with the Nets.
The Nets join other NBA teams that will open up training camp this week to prepare for the 2021 22 season. Financially, Abbamondi said the team is approaching a better year after the pandemic damaged revenue. The Nets made $280 million in revenue for the 2020 21 season, down from $304 million the prior year, according to Forbes.
There s no secret that this has been a challenging 18 months for the live sports business, but we re excited about our future, Abbamondi said. We do anticipate being at full capacity all season and being a fully vaccinated arena.
As we sit here today, we re number two in new season ticket sales, and our partnership business is very robust as well, Abbamondi added. We feel good about the business, not discounting the headwinds Covid continues to present, but feel good about where we are, all things considered.
Jalen Hurts is expected to get the 2021 season to convince the Eagles' front office he can be their franchise quarterback, and while we don't know what the organization's leadership is thinking after one game, it's pretty clear how fans are feeling.
Look no further than the absolutely insane increase in Hurts jersey sales after the Birds marched down to Atlanta and stomped the Falcons, 32 6, to open the season behind an extremely impressive performance from Hurts.
Fanatics, the sports apparel company whose CEO is Sixers managing partner Michael Rubin, told ESPN on Tuesday that Hurts jersey sales saw a 500% increase after the Week 1 win, the largest increase of any player in the NFL.
And Hurts now sits No. 2 overall in the entire league in jersey sales, behind only Patriots quarterback and fellow former Alabama gunslinger Mac Jones.
Unsurprisingly, Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith also had a big bump in sales over the weekend, shooting up 166% after his excellent debut, ESPN reports.
Hurts completed 27 of 35 pass attempts against Atlanta, throwing for 264 yards and three touchdowns while also running seven times for 62 yards. Smith caught six passes for a team high 71 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles face the 49ers on Sunday in Week 2, a team with another one of the best selling jerseys in the NFL: rookie quarterback (and current backup) Trey Lance.
If you're headed to the Linc this weekend, get ready to see a lot of No. 1 and No. 6 jerseys in the tailgate lots and on the concourses. It's a new era.
Players like Sterling Shepard and Patrick Queen shared their reasons for making the switch once the rule was loosened.
Patrick Queen charged toward Saints quarterback Taysom Hill, diving at his opponent s legs and forcing him to the ground for a loss of 12 yards. The Ravens linebacker stayed down for a moment, kneeling on the ground and flexing while a teammate came over and gave him a few taps on the helmet as the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium cheered.
The play didn t just force a fourth down in an August preseason game; it also gave fans a glimpse of something the NFL had never seen before: a sack by a player wearing a single digit jersey number.
Since the league imposed a stricter system in 1973 (before sacks were official), only quarterbacks, kickers and punters could don single digit numbers. But, in April, the longstanding restrictions changed when NFL owners accepted a proposal from the Chiefs.
Players across the league, like Queen, quickly took advantage of the opportunity. Though, in order to do so, each one (unless they changed teams over the offseason) had to buy out the remaining inventory of unsold jerseys with their former number, which could be a hefty price in some cases.
Here are some of the best stories behind number switch ups around the league.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants: switched from 87 to 3
Shepard has tried to honor his father, who died when he was 6 years old, throughout his football career. When he first entered the league as a second round pick for the Giants in 2016, Shepard chose No. 87, one of the six numbers Derrick Shepard wore throughout his time in the NFL as a wide receiver for Washington, the Cowboys and the Saints from 1987 to 91.
Though 87 carried a special meaning in that regard, three is the number Shepard really associates with his father.
That s what his father wore at Oklahoma, where he went from walk on to starting wide receiver for the 1985 national championship team. Three is the number that was on the helmet the Sooners sent Shepard following the fatal heart attack in 99, telling the young boy he d one day follow in the footsteps of his father (who also coached there for a brief period) and uncles. Three is the number he wore from that point forward, whenever he had the choice at least, from Pop Warner through his own playing days as a Sooner.
So, when he heard that the rule was changing back in April, Shepard wanted to make the switch right away.
It s something I ve always wanted to do, and it feels good just to be able to honor him in that way wearing the number three and having the Shepard on the back of my jersey, he said. And I m sure that he would be proud of me as far as I ve come so far.
Budda Baker, S, Cardinals: switched from 32 to 3
As soon as the number rule change was announced, Baker knew he wanted to switch as well.
The option to be one of the first safeties wearing single digits in the NFL was appealing in itself, but even more so was the chance to wear No. 3.
I take numbers very serious, Baker said in his first media availability of the offseason.
His love of the number three comes from growing up as a huge Allen Iverson fan. He was enamored by the way the Philadelphia 76ers guard changed basketball with his unique swag on and off the court, and he also admired Iverson s effort, which he tries to emulate on the football field. It felt like a natural fit.
Unlike many players who changed their numbers this offseason, Baker never wore three during his college playing days at Washington, or even in high school. But now emulating the 11 time All Star, the safety looks to continue his success in the league, aiming to turn his three Pro Bowl appearances in four years into a legacy for his franchise.
Hopefully that number never gets worn again for the Cardinals, Baker said.
Julio Jones, WR, Titans: switched from 11 to 2
For the first time since he entered the league in 2011, Jones will be playing for a new franchise and with a new number, trading in No. 11 on the Falcons for No. 2 on the Titans.
The seven time Pro Bowl selection was at dinner with new teammates, wide receiver A.J. Brown and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, shortly after he joined Tennessee when Brown offered to give him the signature number. But Jones declined.
I was like, Bro, I don t want it. That s your number, Jones recalled in his introductory press conference.
Jones opted to go with No. 2 instead. The number didn t hold a previous meaning for him, but it is symbolic.
One plus one is two, then two times 11 is 22, so, it s kind of like 鈥?you re gonna have to deal with us, Jones said.
Brown, the Titans top receiver, is No. 11, and star running back Derrick Henry has worn No. 22 throughout his time in the league. Though Tannehill couldn t fit into the math equation, Jones said the message speaks to him and the entire 11 man offense as well.
It s just something just to keep the guys going and just have fun with it, Jones said. Because at the end of the day it s our job, but we want to have fun with it.
Patrick Queen, LB, Ravens: switched from 48 to 6
Queen had his eye on No. 8, which he wore at LSU en route to the 2020 national championship, once the rule change was announced. But, of course, that number was occupied by none other than his quarterback, 19 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
Queen tried to negotiate his way toward a bargain with Jackson on Twitter, to no avail, later tweeting it was a joke. But Queen still wanted to take advantage of the new rule entering his second year in the league.
It was just the right thing to do, Queen said during his first media availability of the offseason. Single digit swag, just the swagger that comes with it, just the feel that comes with it.
When you see Queen making plays for the Ravens this season, building off a Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign last year, he ll be wearing No. 6 as a nod to his hometown of Ventress, La.
Back home, the place that we from, we call it Six, Queen said. Just try to put the city on me, try to show em where I m from.
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