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Efforts to get a preferred number don’t always include cash

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During the Prime Numbers series, plenty of guests have talked about the money that would have or could have or may have changed hands to ensure that a preferred number would be available to a given player.  But it’s not always money that’s offered.

Former Chargers and Patriots safety Rodney Harrison talked about an offer that once was made by a former teammate in San Diego to another former teammate in San Diego..

“[A] guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, ‘No way, I need my number,’” Harrison recently told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “It just shows you how superstitious these guys are and how connected they are to their number.  But at the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing, money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, ‘Hey man, I’ll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend.’  Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, ‘Obviously you don’t love your girlfriend that much.’”

For more from Rodney, who wore 37 so well that his high school retired 37 for him even though Harrison never actually wore 37 there, take a few more than 37 seconds to watch the video below, during which Rodney talks about why he started wearing No. 37 and whether he would have signed with the Patriots if 37 wouldn’t have been available.

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9 Responses to “Efforts to get a preferred number don’t always include cash”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 26, 2014 7:08 PM

    “Let me see a picture first.”

    Is the correct response.

  2. hjb99992013 says: Jun 26, 2014 7:11 PM

    Most of these guys that are obsessed with numbers is because it matches their IQ

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 26, 2014 7:35 PM

    Sounds like a bad deal, when I go to the supermarket they usually let me have a couple free samples of something new to see how much I like it first.

  4. marima07 says: Jun 26, 2014 7:42 PM

    Rodney deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  5. j0esixpack says: Jun 26, 2014 7:55 PM

    The Aaron Hernandez Grand Jury may or may not have heard some interesting tales of how Aaron Hernandez secured HIS jersey # ;)

  6. kd75 says: Jun 26, 2014 8:00 PM

    Indecent Proposal.

  7. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 26, 2014 11:19 PM

    Whatever it takes!

  8. natelan69 says: Jun 27, 2014 7:05 AM

    I feel like he’s talking about Ryan Leaf.

  9. CKL says: Jun 27, 2014 11:43 AM

    marima07 says:
    Jun 26, 2014 7:42 PM
    Rodney deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    ____________________________________
    Seconded. He’s still the only safety or maybe even DB with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions.
    He’s one of my favorite players all time.

    I was so happy when he went into the media because I knew he’d never sugarcoat anything or kiss up to anyone, even for the Pats. I cherish those qualities.

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