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Chris Johnson buys Jets’ No. 21 jersey from Ellis Lankster

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Michael Vick isn’t the only new Jet picking a new number.

Vick, who previously wore No. 7, originally said he’d wear No. 8 with the Jets, then changed his mind and picked No. 1. Now running back Chris Johnson has settled on No. 21.

Johnson’s number in Tennessee, 28, is unavailable in New York: The Jets retired it for Curtis Martin. So Johnson chose 21 instead, although that number wasn’t available either because Ellis Lankster was wearing it. Lankster confirmed on Twitter that Johnson had paid him for it, although he didn’t say how much.

“Can’t say no to money, who would?” Lankster wrote. Lankster will now change to No. 31, previously worn by Antonio Cromartie.

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11 Responses to “Chris Johnson buys Jets’ No. 21 jersey from Ellis Lankster”
  1. rukkus1 says: May 13, 2014 7:36 AM

    Rich athlete problems: I want that number 21, I’ll give you thousands.

    Real world problems: how can I feed my family for 21 days, I wish I had thousands.

  2. wayne1693 says: May 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    “Can’t say no to money, who would?” Lankster wrote.

    What a MORON!!!

  3. paepae805 says: May 13, 2014 7:49 AM

    As Patrick Ewing once eloquently said. “”Sure we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too.”

  4. adoombray says: May 13, 2014 8:07 AM

    Be as good at anything as Chris Johnson is at football and you won’t have to worry about feeding your kids.

  5. gotitan says: May 13, 2014 8:08 AM

    Yeah, that will help. CYACJ!

  6. realhaley says: May 13, 2014 8:10 AM

    CJ told Ellis to stop frontin’ Langster

  7. morgusthemagnificent says: May 13, 2014 8:18 AM

    Bet the IRS wants to know how much he paid for the number.. Think CJ will write that off as a biz expense?

  8. jgreer518 says: May 13, 2014 11:09 AM

    As a Titans fan, I can say that #21 will suite CJ just fine in New York. He likes to wear his YPC average.

    With Titans, it was 2.8
    New York will be 2.1

  9. djshnooks says: May 13, 2014 12:25 PM

    Can’t believe Ellis Lankster carved out a spot on the Jets. I liked him with the Bills, but the kid just didn’t have it.

    And he got killed for his stuttering problem…which he handled very well in his first interview. (I felt horrible for him, especially when he started getting killed for it in the media and online.)

  10. zeke2517 says: May 13, 2014 3:11 PM

    Excellent reportage. I look forward to an exciting follow up article.

  11. richdog212 says: May 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    Ellis is the man. Period.

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