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Bess explains his refusal to sell No. 15 to Marshall

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess wouldn’t even consider selling the No. 15 jersey to new teammate Brandon Marshall, and he explained Friday that the number had sentimental value that exceeded any amount of money Marshall could have offered him.

“That’s just me,” Bess told Mike Berardino of the Sun Sentinel. “I think that’s a [sign] of my character, period. Everything isn’t about money. Obviously whatever he offered me would have been great money. I could have definitely used it. But with me some things are deeper than just the materialistic things.”

Bess didn’t say how much money Marshall offered him for the number, but he said he and Marshall had a pleasant conversation and came to an understanding.

“There were no problems from the get-go,” Bess said. “He was a man about the situation. I was a man about the situation. We sat there and we had a talk. I know it would mean a lot to him. It means a lot to me as well. We’re teammates and we wanted to get past that stage and now we can focus on football and help each other.”

Marshall is currently wearing jersey No. 19, although he says it’s not “set in stone” that he’ll be wearing it when the season starts.

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11 Responses to “Bess explains his refusal to sell No. 15 to Marshall”
  1. robert ethen says: May 28, 2010 3:01 PM

    Negotiations are ongoing over the sentimental value of the jersey.

  2. scooby says: May 28, 2010 3:05 PM

    how come i never hear about what number offensive lineman have..

  3. RJK says: May 28, 2010 3:10 PM

    bess is gonna get lit up outside a miami nightclub and marshall will promptly start wearing #15 in his memory

  4. mama tried says: May 28, 2010 3:11 PM

    “Marshall is currently wearing jersey No. 19, although he says it’s not “set in stone” that he’ll be wearing it when the season starts.”
    In other words, when Bess gets cut, BM will take the # 15, FOR FREE!
    Should’a taken the $$$$ Davone!

  5. Franchise says: May 28, 2010 3:11 PM

    So, where in this story is the sentimental reason behind the number?

  6. Nacho Libre says: May 28, 2010 3:13 PM

    What’s Marshall thinking, why wouldn’t you want to wear #19? Stick with #19 man! The best reciever in football wears #19 for the 49ers. Maybe you’ve heard of him, Ted Ginn Jr.? Who wouldn’t want that jersey and to be associated with the best of the best?

  7. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: May 28, 2010 3:13 PM

    Marshall says it’s not set in stone because he is going to buy Parcells a Cheesesteak Sub and then ask for Bess to be cut.

  8. BroncFanOr says: May 28, 2010 3:16 PM

    Just give it a few months and Dade county will have his number.

  9. Xpensive Wino says: May 28, 2010 3:16 PM

    When Marshall tanks it this season, he can simply blame it on not being comfortable without his number.
    The team controls the numbers, not the players. If the Dolphins want Marshall to have 15, he’ll have it. What’s the undrafted free agent gonna do, quit?

  10. pramis123 says: May 28, 2010 3:21 PM

    Give Marshall number 1.5 and call it a day!!!!

  11. DOLPHIN ED says: May 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    WAY TO GO BESS…YOU WERE A DOLPHIN FIRST WHY SHOULD ANYONE EXPECT YOU TO GIVE UP THE NUMBER..

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