DeSean Jackson wore No. 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Griffin III wears No. 10 with the Washington Redskins. You can see where this is going.
Though all logic and common sense suggests the biggest star in Washington would retain the number and the free agent who just signed a deal today would need new numerical plans, Jackson chose to see it differently. He told reporters:
ďI definitely am familiar on the No. 10 [worn by] Robert Griffin. Weíve talked about it a little bit. But that isnít a decision thatís been made yet so far. [...] Maybe RG3 will wear No. 3 and Iíll try to get in [No.] 10. Weíll see how it goes, though. You never know.Ē
FORTY-FIVE MINUTES IN AND HEíS ALREADY DIVIDED THE LOCKER ROOM!
Jackson chuckled at the end, but sounded serious about the first part. Itís as if he exerted so much energy biting his tongue about Chip Kelly and the Eagles that he couldnít help but drop some truth when asked about the number thing.
This isnít a debate, of course. The number is RG3′s to keep or give away. Overall, itís a silly discussion because, really, whatís a number? But given the amount of No. 10 jerseys in the stands at FedEx Field, Iím guessing if this topic ever progresses beyond hypotheticals, Jackson will be politely nudged in the ďnew numberĒ direction. Anyway, itís not like he can be that attached to No. 10. He wore No. 1 in college.
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NFL rules say a wide receiver canít wear No. 1 because the NFL likes making arbitrary rules about things. Itís doubtful that rule will, or can, be changed by the start of the 2014 season, which means Jackson will need to find a non-RG3, NFL compliant jersey. Given Jacksonís love of the numeral 1, going with No. 11 would be a logical choice. Unfortunately, thatís taken too, though Aldrick Robinson may be easier to buy off than Robert Griffin III.