Before any Pats fans flock to the team’s online store to order a No. 15 jersey with Tebow’s name on the back, there’s a problem.
Ryan Mallett wears that number.
Unless Mallett is getting cut or traded, Tebow will need to finagle the number from Mallett. Failing that, Tebow will need a different number.
By rule, NFL quarterbacks may wear No. 1 through 19. The numbers currently available in New England are 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9.
Tebow wore 5 in high school. Currently, that number has been assigned to backup kicker David Ruffer.
He could slide in to 5 or another number after the cuts are made. Or he can try to acquire 15 or some other number from another player.
While meaningless from a football standpoint, it’s a very important point for the Tebowmaniacs.