Earlier this week, the NFL announced that league owners would vote on 13 rule or rule changes that could go into effect as early as the 2021 season. One of those rule changes is a proposal from the Kansas City Chiefs to change the NFL jersey number rule, allowing players in skill position to wear single-digit numbers. If this change is implemented, it could have a major widespread effect on fans, teams, players and even television networks.
If and once implemented, skill position players will be able to wear any number 1-49. It also allows non-quarterback offensive position players to wear the numbers 80-89. Finally, it would also allow linebackers to wear numbers in the 90s. Here’s how the rule change would play out if implemented.
Changing the NFL Shirt Number Rule
|Position||Current rule||Rule change|
|RB / FB||20-49||1-49, 80-89|
|WR||10-19, 80-89||1-49, 80-89|
|YOU||40-49, 80-89||1-49, 80-89|
|DL||50-79, 90-99||50-79, 90-99|
|K / P||1-19||1-19|
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That being said, here are my top three players who should have worn single digit numbers in the NFL:
- Deion Sanders: Sanders was probably the most electric player in the league when he played. Sanders wore number two while playing for Florida State. If this rule had been implemented, then Sanders would have absolutely worn the same number in the NFL.
- Tyreek Hill: The Chiefs are the team that proposed this rule change, so Tyreek Hill must have said something. I can just imagine Hill blowing through a number one defensive back. It would look faster with a single digit number, if possible.
- Devin Hester: Hester is the best comeback man I’ve seen in my life. He amassed over 11,000 return yards and hit twenty times. He would be fuzzy wearing number four like he did in college.
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