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Is Victor Cruz going to have to change his number?


Ben Schwartz

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Hope not, it's pretty unique seeing non-QBs running around with one digit numbers. Can't seem to think of any other players who've done this in the past.

The most recent player that did this according pro-football-reference.com was Clarence Verdin when he was w/ the Falcon in '94,he wore #2.

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Ugh, I hope.

I'm against QB numbers for WR's so much. I can't stand it. It was cool when it was once in a while, now it's just stupid to me.

At this point it doesn't matter, might as well make it like college and anyone can wear any number.

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Ugh, I hope.

I'm against QB numbers for WR's so much. I can't stand it. It was cool when it was once in a while, now it's just stupid to me.

At this point it doesn't matter, might as well make it like college and anyone can wear any number.

A kicker wearing something like 92 would look stupid though, and it does in college. Those numbers just "fit" the big D-Linemen so much better.

Wideouts don't look weird in teens or 80's, but it would be weird to see one in 60 wouldn't it?

It's definitely because I'm "conditioned" that way...I hate that you can wear whatever in college.

Also, remember Reggie Bush wanted to be listed as a QB so he could wear 5 with the Saints, then on gameday be dressed but not listed as a 3rd QB (so as not to be inactive) but the NFL sniffed that out immediately...

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Um, no, the "80-89 rule" was in effect long before that. The numbering system was implemented I believe in 1973 (could be wrong about the exact year but know it was in the early 70's), with a grandfather clause for then-active players. Exceptions can be made, but prior to the Goodell era they were rare.

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Yes, the rule was implemented in 1973, after a first rough draft in 1952. The rule was amended in 1989 and again in the early 2000s (to add 10-19 to the WR numbers).

Jackson got away with #1 for the first few weeks of the season, but in October the League made him change to an approved WR number in the 80s. Ah, the pre-24-hour media world, that such a thing might escape notice even for a day....

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Now that he has made the Giants team. It was really fun seeing a number 3 playing receiver haha.

I believe Cruz has been assigned #80 for the season... quickly filling the recently departed Derrick Hagan's uniform number.

Cruz is now #80 officially. During the preseason WRs Cruz and Boateng wore numbers 3 & 2 respectively due to a shortage in numbers...numbers 10-19 and 80-89 were either occupied or retired except for #17 (Plaxico).

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Yes, the rule was implemented in 1973, after a first rough draft in 1952. The rule was amended in 1989 and again in the early 2000s (to add 10-19 to the WR numbers).

Jackson got away with #1 for the first few weeks of the season, but in October the League made him change to an approved WR number in the 80s. Ah, the pre-24-hour media world, that such a thing might escape notice even for a day....

If he was allowed to wear it the first few weeks of the season, why when you look up rosters of the Cleveland Browns he is listed as #1 for the years of 1991 and 1992?

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Well, it's not surprising that the 1982 records would have #1, since that was the number he started the season with and intended to wear all year.

As for 1991, I can't honestly say. Perhaps nobody was really paying attention. Perhaps the NFL wasn't monitoring those things at the time.

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