When Plaxico Burress signed with the Giants in 2005, he wanted the No. 17 jersey worn by punter Jeff Feagles. So Burress and Feagles struck a deal: Burress would get No. 17 in exchange for paying to have some work done on Feagles’ house.
But five years later, Feagles says Burress never did pay up.
Feagles told SI.com that he tried talking to both Burress and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about it, and neither one of them would honor the commitment Burress made.
“I never got paid for it,” Feagles said. “I asked [Burress] for it. Every time I went to Drew he said, ‘That’s between you and Plax.’ Bottom line, I never got paid. He basically stole my number.”
This isn’t the first time a dispute has arisen over a jersey number. In 2005, Redskins running back Clinton Portis agreed to pay former teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete $18,000 for his jersey number — a day before they were scheduled to meet in court over the matter.
Feagles doesn’t sound like he cares enough about the issue to go to court. And Burress, who’s currently serving a two-year prison sentence, has bigger things to worry about.