Florida football may not have had the storybook ending its 2020-2021 season, but the team came out with a bank nonetheless. The team sent three players – Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney and Kyle Trask – to the pros in the opening two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Whatever bitter taste the season may have left in the mouths of some fans thanks the way it ended, it’s quite a legacy.
Pitts was the first draft of the trio, and rightly so. The Atlanta Falcons makes him the fourth overall pick in the draft, cementing him as the most drafted tight end in modern NFL history. He’s a major fixture for this team going forward, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for him.
It’s impossible to know exactly how his professional career will unfold, but we do know that the first thing he did as a pro – land a new number. While in the past tight ends were limited to jersey numbers 40-49 and 80-89, a new rule will allow wide receivers to wear numbers in the 1-39 range as well.
Kyle Pitts, who wore 84 while playing in Florida, has jumped for a new jersey number with Atlanta now that restrictions have been relaxed. The big man is now riding the number 8.
Perhaps more importantly, this change in numbers provided the opportunity for downright incredible trolling work on Twitter.
– Haleybuddy (@ Haley2Buddy) April 30, 2021
Seriously, like Nick Shook from Around the NFL underline, this change in number can be “destabilizing, even nauseating for tight traditionalists”. The comment, while ironic, strikes a little closer to home than it first appears. Tom Brady was publicly pissed off on changing the number restrictions.
On the other hand, consider this: it’s a game! Let the players have fun! Pitts has won everything he’s been given, and he will look fantastic in the black and red Atlanta with the number 8 on his back.