When a rookie enters the NFL or a prized free agent signs with another franchise, it’s common to hear of a teammate holding a jersey number hostage.
But when New York Giants first-round pick Landon Collins went to cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and asked for No. 21, the veteran ignored tradition and gave it up for free.
According to Jordan Ranaan of NJ.com, after a failed attempt for the number he wore in college, 26, from running back Orleans Darkwa, Collins went to DRC and said he wanted to wear No. 21 to honor the late Sean Taylor.
“I asked for it and gave him my reasoning behind it. He doesn’t really care for numbers. The only number he really wanted was [his college number] 45.”
Fullback Henry Hynoski wears No. 45, though, so Rodgers-Cromartie’s apparent lack of attachment paid off for Collins. DRC switched to No. 41, the fifth jersey number of his now-eight-year career.
Considering teammates have nearly gone to court over payment of a jersey number, the Giants, Collins and Rodgers-Cromartie must be satisfied with a painless resolution and some good press.
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