10 unwritten rules to not spoil your NFL jersey number


Don’t listen to anyone who says movies, stats, and player tracking data are the keys to evaluating soccer players. These things all matter, but they take precedence over one aspect of the NFL that reigns above all else: jersey numbers.

A wrong jersey number can ruin a career before it begins. No one is going to take the camp’s test seriously by wearing the No.47 seriously – he lost before he even had a chance to pitch. Now, if he can catch No.27? He can get the attention of his trainer.

The NFL legislates on the numbers that different positions can carry – it’s under Rule 5, Section 1, Article 2 in the rulebook – but players still have enough choices to pick the right number.

Since jersey numbers are so essential to a player’s success, we decided to piece together the 10 Commandments of NFL jerseys.

1.46 is not an acceptable defensive back number by any stretch

It should be self-explanatory, but someone forgot to say it Detroit Lions Rookie cornerback Amani Oruwariye. The fifth-round pick is currently number 46. For his future, he better change his jersey number after the training camp cuts:

As it turns out, 46 is only an acceptable number for full-backs, long snappers, and linebackers who mostly play on special teams. Not a cornerback looking to break into the starting lineup.

2. Avoid the 60s if you are a defensive lineman

Defensive linemen are said to be the sleekest and fastest version of offensive linemen. There is no set of numbers that weighs more heavily on gamers than the 1960s.

Think about it. When was the last time you saw a destructive defensive lineman wearing the number 64? The most recent to put on a decent season was Kerry Hyder, who managed to rack up eight sacks with the Lions in 2016 while representing No.61.

Hyder is an outlier here, however. He might have been able to double that production if he had worn the No.91 instead. He had the chance of a recovery by joining the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, but unfortunately his new jersey is No.62.

3. Contrary to what traditionalists say, 10s> 80s for receivers

Toggle receivers in the ’80s were the trend – Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens all fell into this group. But it’s not as common today.

Now the best wide receivers are moving away from the 80s to the 10s jerseys. Nine of the top 10 wide receivers last season had a jersey number of 10-19. That includes Julio Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mike evans, and DeAndre Hopkins. The only one who didn’t was Antonio Brown. It sounds like a correlation to me.

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Since 2014, there have been 22 wide receivers drafted in the first round. Only three of them – Amari Cooper, Corey davis, and Mike williams – opted for swimsuits in the 80s. It is also interesting to note that Cooper rose to No.19 after being traded to Dallas, where he was turned off.

4. Linebackers can only wear jersey numbers in the 40s if they are quick enough

In recent years, many rookie linebackers have chosen numbers in the 40s instead of the 50s when they come into the league. Jarrad Davis, Deion Jones, Devin White and Patrick Onwuasor are all recent examples.

While not suitable for all linebackers, it works for them as they are able to make explosive plays all over the court. Linebackers wearing 40 must be quick. It doesn’t make sense on a forest run plug.

The only exception: # 46, which we have already covered.

5. Running backs should avoid the number 39

Sure, Steven jackson and Willie Parker were great players, but they had to overcome number 39, who just screams back, running slowly. Look at how voluminous this swimsuit looks:

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A running back who wears the number 39 is responsible for a 14-carry, 27-yard game – an ugly stat line for an ugly number.

6. There is no wrong jersey number in the 90s

The 90-99 numbers are all money, especially for defensive linemen and rushing linebackers, like DeMarcus Ware Where TJ Watt. Linebackers who play with the ball can make it work too, but the player has to be a badass – think peak Jamie Collins.

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7. All numbers in the 1920s are money too

Whether it’s a running back or a running back, players can never go wrong picking a number in the 20’s. There is something about the aesthetic value of the “2” that goes well with all other digits.

Unlike 46 or 39, numbers starting with a “2” make players lighter and faster. giants Rookie cornerback Deandre Baker initially started with 35, But quickly changed to 27 at the end of the recruits minicamp – he will be better for it.

8. Almost all quarterback numbers are correct except for the “8”

Name a quarterback who has worn number 8 since Steve Young who has some sort of bluster. Trent Dilfer. Sam Bradford. Kirk cousins. It’s impossible. Don’t even try.

9. 50-55 is the place to be for jersey numbers in the 50s

Every number between 50 and 55 looks good, whether it’s a center linebacker, an explosive edge rusher or a vigorous cross.

# 52 is the top of this range of jersey numbers. Ray lewis rocked 52 until a Hall of Fame career. Khalil mack, another player who wears 52, is off to a good start if he can stay healthy.

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10. Truth be told, any jersey number can be awesome if the player wearing it is awesome.

Alvin kamara took the flak to go with No. 41 when he got the league. It’s not really a number that equates to an elusive, sharp running back. Usually full-backs like Lorenzo Neal are the offensive players who wear the 41.

Now it’s hard to imagine anything else on him. He’s awesome, and the numbers got awesome with him.

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Ravens corner half Marlon Humphrey originally wore number 29, but gave it up to new teammate Earl Thomas. This year he’s going to try to bring style to No.44 – and as one of the best players in the league in his role, he can do it.

At the end of the day, any jersey number can be chilled if the player wearing it gets away with it.

Except # 46. It’s just a death sentence.


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