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.