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League modifies numbering system

Florio Jr. is becoming more and more interested in the NFL, which means that eventually you’ll be calling him bad names while I’m playing golf with Arnold Palmer’s grandchildren.

One thing he finds fascinating is the league’s numbering system (he still won’t let it go regarding the fact that tight end Dallas Clark has finagled No. 44).   And so since he now reads the site from time to time (I need to set a good example by not typing words like “douchebag”), this one’s for him.

Earlier today, the league made a tweak to its rigid numbering system, for several positions.

Centers previously had to choose numbers between 50 and 59, with 60 to 79 available if 50 to 59 weren’t available.  They now may choose any number between 50 and 79.

Defensive linemen may now choose from 60 to 70 and 90 to 99, and linebackers may pick a number from 50 to 59 or 90 to 99.  These changes were aimed at recognizing the overlap between linebackers and defensive ends, especially in the 3-4 defense. 

Also, the rules now permit a player to move from one position to another and keep his number, if he played the prior position for at least a year and if he is moving from a position that is eligible to receive passes to another eligible position, or if he is moving from one ineligible position to another ineligible position.  This is the rule that, if on the books, would have allowed Devin Hester to keep number 23 after becoming a receiver.  (For reasons not known to us, Hester was not required to change his number when he became a receiver.)

So if, for example, Vikings receiver Percy Harvin were to become a running back, he’d be permitted to keep No. 12, even though running backs are limited to a number from 20 to 49.  Also, if Tim Tebow plays quarterback for a year at No. 15 and then moves to tight end or fullback, he’ll be able to keep his number.

But if, say, Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel were to become a fullback or a tight end, he’d have to change his number.

Let’s see how long it takes for Florio Jr. to comment.  And here’s hoping he doesn’t call me a douchebag.  Again.

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38 Responses to “League modifies numbering system”
  1. Hooby says: Mar 24, 2010 9:25 PM

    9:24PM Comment from florio jr: florios a douche
    live blog style!!!

  2. DGNR8 says: Mar 24, 2010 9:29 PM

    You’re a douchebag, dad.

  3. TheSleepness says: Mar 24, 2010 9:30 PM

    cool — #23..jordan…money-making…shocking.

  4. iPUFF says: Mar 24, 2010 9:32 PM

    This story is very compelling…I had no idea Vrabel was still in the NFL.

  5. floriosadildo says: Mar 24, 2010 9:33 PM

    douchebag

  6. Fonetik says: Mar 24, 2010 9:33 PM

    SCREW YOU FLORIO JR!!!!

  7. The Wishbone says: Mar 24, 2010 9:39 PM

    @ Florio,
    Other than the numbers for offensive linemen, which matter because they can’t be too far downfield on a passing play, why in the hell does there need to be a “numbering system”?

  8. JRodFromPhilly says: Mar 24, 2010 9:43 PM

    Hmmm, so, maybe Reggie Bush can dethrone Drew Brees for a year, wear number 5, and then go back to being a mediocre RB who can wear the same number, sounds like a plan. Or he can be a kicker, he knows about that, cause Kim just kicked his sorry as to the curb.

  9. TheSleepness says: Mar 24, 2010 9:47 PM

    @ Wishbones
    to help distinguish between offense and defense? Linebacker from a DE, WR from TE. I think strategy comes into play.

  10. leatherneck says: Mar 24, 2010 9:49 PM

    A good measure of a man is how he takes abuse. If that is applied to Florio, he is a good man, hands down.

  11. 34_Fan_4_Life says: Mar 24, 2010 10:37 PM

    Mike, he called you a douchebag 4 times before breakfast and 6 more times on his way to school.
    What makes you think that he won’t call you a douchebag now, cuz you wrote in your little blog ??
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  12. MasterShake says: Mar 24, 2010 10:42 PM

    Is this the kind of crap that’s on the Wonderlic test?

  13. Leo Crow says: Mar 24, 2010 10:48 PM

    Why didn’t Hester have to change his number?
    Reebok.
    duh.

  14. hrmlss says: Mar 24, 2010 10:53 PM

    They should just inject them with those tracking chips for dogs and use the “yellow line” technology to show numbers on the tv screens. Or better yet put the felon tracking collars on their legs and kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

  15. axeman54jt says: Mar 24, 2010 10:56 PM

    trent cole wears number 53 but the new system says DEs must wear 60-60 and 90-99. although he is not changing positions will he have to change is number? or does the 1 year of wearing a number count for not changing positions too?

  16. Brewster says: Mar 24, 2010 11:08 PM

    This information ranks right up there with the Declaration of Independence, the Emancapation Proclamation and Roe vs Wade.

  17. The_Game_Esq says: Mar 24, 2010 11:11 PM

    MF — You gotta stop plugging your kid. You’re turning into Kathy Lee Gifford.

  18. BenRapistberger says: Mar 24, 2010 11:15 PM

    I take it this mean Reggie Bush will want to be a Punter, Kicker or QB for a year?

  19. jamesowen237 says: Mar 24, 2010 11:33 PM

    I’m for a stricter numbering system, but this is alright I guess.

  20. Topher says: Mar 24, 2010 11:38 PM

    Dallas Clark received #44 when he signed with the Colts because all of the 80′s were either taken or retired.
    And, apparently, the league gave special consideration in those days for instances such as that and Tight Ends could take #’s in the 40′s. By the same token receivers could take #’s in the teens before it became the rule it is today if there were no numbers in the 80′s available.
    You’ll notice the Colts also have Gijon Robinson and Justin Snow on their roster who are also TE’s with #’s in the 40′s.
    FYI: Retired #’s in the 80′s for the Colts are Hall of Famers Raymond Berry (#82) and Gino Marchetti (#89)
    You’ll also notice many of the Colts receivers have “teens” numbers so that while Dallas Clark was legal when he joined the team, for some reason he didn’t have to change back when a number opened.
    Justin Snow (Longsnapper for the Colts, and officially a tight end) has been #48 since 2000 and has never been forced to change back either.
    80: TE JAime Petrowski
    81:
    82: RAYMOND BERRY
    83:
    84: TE Jacob Tamme
    85: WR Pierre Garcon
    86: TE Tom Santi
    87: WR Reggie Wayne
    88:
    89: GINO MARCHETTI
    With three numbers in the 80′s now open, I think Florio, Jr. should petition the league to force the three Colts TE’s with numbers in the 40′s to switch to one of the open 80′s numbers.

  21. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Mar 25, 2010 12:00 AM

    Wait… linebackers are not eligible receivers? I’m confused about why Vrabel would have to change in that hypothetical situation.

  22. GoBears84 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:20 AM

    @Leo…
    Because Hester’s “That Dude” and does whatever the ef he wants.

  23. lostindfw says: Mar 25, 2010 12:47 AM

    “Also, the rules now permit a player to move from one position to another and keep his number, if he played the prior position for at least a year and if he is moving from a position that is eligible to receive passes to another eligible position, or if he is moving from one ineligible position to another ineligible position. This is the rule that, if on the books, would have allowed Devin Hester to keep number 23 after becoming a receiver. (For reasons not known to us, Hester was not required to change his number when he became a receiver.)”
    Please explain how moving from CB to WR is moving from one eligible position to another.

  24. Jimmy in Oz says: Mar 25, 2010 12:58 AM

    Good move NFL.
    With teams bringing out new jerseys every season and all the throw backs, and players leaving through FA, we don’t need another reason to make fans by new jerseys.

  25. pondbridge says: Mar 25, 2010 1:07 AM

    Imagine being a kid named Sprint Comcast Florio by your dad!

  26. pondbridge says: Mar 25, 2010 1:15 AM

    So lets see, Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork (75) at nose guard has to change his jersey number? Oy
    Another concept brought to you by the same big brains in the NFL office who brought you the OT ‘solution’ that forgot about safeties. Good thing for Two Face Goodell and company that there isn’t a Wonderlic for administrators. Next up, Goodell will be put in charge of TARPBank (Citigroup).

  27. JRodFromPhilly says: Mar 25, 2010 1:18 AM

    Actually, Cole wears number 58, thanks for continuing the trend of uninformed Eagles fans on this site. I am here to prove that stereotype wrong. And to prove it, Spadaro is a tool.

  28. godofwine says: Mar 25, 2010 1:59 AM

    Why is the league over-legislating. I wonder what bored idiot thought up these changes in the first place.

  29. crabman82 says: Mar 25, 2010 3:16 AM

    whats the big deal florio with d clark wearing 44 other te’s wear #’s in 40′s, delanie walker in sf wears #46

  30. Ben Bernanke says: Mar 25, 2010 3:50 AM

    @ everyone
    these comments are so good

  31. v4vagiants says: Mar 25, 2010 4:40 AM

    In the future, I want my favorite WR to have the number 71.

  32. GBP says: Mar 25, 2010 8:47 AM

    Ok, so this means that anyone on the defense can pick an eligible receiver # when they play against Brett Favre. Got it.

  33. wrekOgnize says: Mar 25, 2010 9:41 AM

    So what you’re saying is, if the Ocho becomes a CB, he could remain 81? Is that right?

  34. Supersuckers says: Mar 25, 2010 10:01 AM

    GBP says:
    March 25, 2010 8:47 AM
    Ok, so this means that anyone on the defense can pick an eligible receiver # when they play against Brett Favre. Got it.
    —-
    Well said

  35. pacstud says: Mar 25, 2010 10:11 AM

    Sooooo, Favre throws a pick and chokes the NFCCG and we need to change OT, not big deal.
    But GOD FORBID a receiver wears #23…the horror, Florio (aka D-Bag), ohhhh, the horror.
    Yeah, I agree with Mikey, this needs to be a major issue with 600+ word blogs explaining the “simplicity”.

  36. Jim says: Mar 25, 2010 10:17 AM

    Hehehe… Mike Vrabel as a tight end… that would be fun to see!

  37. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Mar 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    A thread with the closest reference to a Viking or Favre being the use of Percy Harvin’s name and mentioning that he’s a reciever, and yet it devolves in to a Favre thread. DON’T YOU SEE WHY THERE ARE SO MANY FAVRE STORIES?! BECAUSE YOU CLICK ON AND COMMENT ON EVERY SINGLE ONE, IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE GUY WHY DO YOU FOLLOW EVERY MOVE HE MAKES?
    Frankly, I love the guy. I hope he’s enjoying his summer in Hattiesburg with a chair, a cooler, and his Packer/Saints themed urinal cakes. We love ya Brett see ya in August(if you feel like it =) Week 1 is ok too!)
    P.S. GO VIKES!
    P.P.S. douchebag

  38. Chad D says: Mar 29, 2010 11:53 PM

    Didn’t Keyshawn game the system back in the day to play with a #19?

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