Joe Theismann will consider letting Dwayne Haskins wear No. 7

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Washington has not used No. 7 since Joe Theismann. That was 34 years ago.

The team used the No. 15 overall choice on quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who wore No. 7 at Ohio State.

Theismann said he will consider giving Haskins his blessing to wear the number, if that’s the number Haskins wants to wear in the NFL.

“I’m anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that,” Theismann told NBCSportsWashington.com on its Redskins Talk. “I’m not opposed to it. I’m not saying yes yet, but I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he’s reached out and said he wants to ask me, so as early as I can get back into town and be able to set up an opportunity when he gets into town to be able to sit down and talk to him about it.”

Theismann wore No. 7 during his 12 seasons in Washington, including for Super Bowl XVII.

“It’s what’s inside the jersey that makes a big difference,” Theismann said. “I’ve been very honored to have the Washington Redskins not have it issued to anyone over 30-plus years, and this is the first seven that we’ve had come along, I think. So I really want to sit down and have a visit with him and talk to him about it, and then we’ll sort of decide going forward.”

30 responses to “Joe Theismann will consider letting Dwayne Haskins wear No. 7

  1. Should have officially retired it long ago so the question wouldn’t even be on the table.

  2. Stupid PR move if he does actually ask for the number. It’d be one thing if Theismann offered it upfront without being asked but to approach a guy whose number is retired is tacky. Numbers get retired for a reason–the guy was an all-time great for the team. Being the 15h guy selected in the draft pales in comparison.

  3. While I understand some numbers will always be associated with great players but unless it’s “retired”, there shouldn’t be a need to approve someone else to wear. If it’s not currently used by another player then it should be available for anyone.

  4. Consider??? I’m mean that #7 jersey isn’t as coveted as Sean Taylor’s #21
    Give it up Joe, you’re not as important to us as you think

  5. man if you want an example of someone being self important, then ladies and gentlemen, i give you joe thiesmann. if lt hadnt broken his leg he would be just another guy. this is ridiculous. sorry not sorry.

  6. That will be awkward if they sit down and talk and then Joe says he doesn’t want him to wear it. He kind of painted himself into a corner by saying something first.

  7. Don’t do it Joe. I’m of the opinion that Haskins won’t be a very good qb in the league. There has never been a buckeye qb worth anything other than becoming a wide out. His big long slow throwing motion will never allow him to be a productive qb. He’s slow footed and other than the Michigan game doesn’t make second and third reads very well. Again it’s only my opinion but I think he’ll be more of a jamis winston/Brock osweiler type than anyone else.

  8. I’m not even sure I’d want that number if I were Haskins when you consider the last play made in that #7 jersey.

  9. Let us be crystal clear: The Washington Redskins have not retired #7. It’s not Theismann’s decision. The only number the team has officially retired is 33, for Sammy Baugh. Should they decide to retire additional numbers, I doubt Joe’s would be among the first dozen or so. Let’s see:

    #9 – Jurgensen
    #27 – Ken Houston
    #28 – Darrell Green
    #42 – Charley Taylor
    #43 – Larry Brown
    #44 – Riggo
    #49 – Bobby Mitchell
    #55 – Chris Hanburger
    #68 – Russ Grimm
    #70 – Sam Huff
    #81 – Art Monk
    #87 – Jerry Smith

    Nope. Sorry, Joe. And I LOVED him as a player. Big Time. But no, not his # to give.

  10. I took whatever # was next on line. Except when they asked. Then it was 14. Took it 11th grade baseball and then I was asked as a freshman (actually had 1st choice, as I showed up first, after the varsity team was posted) and asked for 14, that is if no upperclassmen wanted it. If they did, I would give it back. Done deal.

    The reason for 14? I was visiting my brother in college when I was 14. I was 5’11, 175. He was 6′ 182. Need I say more? College was great in college and the years before I actually went.

  11. 7 is on the list of semi-retired numbers in DC. The only officially retired number for the Redskins is Sammy Baugh’s 33 but certain numbers are held back by the team and require an ok fry the last player to wear it, like 7, 9, 28 etc. I believe Theismann said no when Danny Weurfel asked him for 7 about 15 years ago.

    If I remember correctly, Bobby Mitchell ended up quitting his front office job after the team accidentally gave out 49 to a third string TE. Numbers are serious business.

  12. Joe Thiesman’s an overrated baffon who won a Super Bowl during a bunk strike season, and should have never had the chance to lose the other he was in, as that chance belonged to Montana, when his greatest comeback ever was taken away through a likely fixed game.

    Don’t wear Dwain! You’re better than #7.

  13. It’s an opportunity to motivate a young talented player whom would benefit from having the jersey number handed over to him in person. Since Sean Taylor is a completely different situation, I don’t see anything negative about motivating a young intelligent athlete into a respectful one on one as requested.

  14. backintheday99 says:
    April 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    Need I say more?
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    Uh…. Yeah. Because, nothing you said makes the least bit of sense.

  15. If this kid thinks he can wear #7 or even #17 then he has no respect for past Redskin legends.

    That is like if a new q.b. came to Dallas and asked to wear #12 (Staubach) or #8 (Aikman), those numbers should remain unworn for respect of past greatness.

    Haskins can chose another number i am sure.

  16. It’s as if this list was made by Torgy hismelf.

    Great list.

    #9 – Jurgensen
    #27 – Ken Houston
    #28 – Darrell Green
    #42 – Charley Taylor
    #43 – Larry Brown
    #44 – Riggo
    #49 – Bobby Mitchell
    #55 – Chris Hanburger
    #68 – Russ Grimm
    #70 – Sam Huff
    #81 – Art Monk
    #87 – Jerry Smith

    I would add Pat Fischer. 37 has been worn since, but Pat is special.

  17. I dunno, Joe.
    I mean, how Haskins gonna intentionally change his name to closely resemble “Heisman”?
    Yeah, you see the problem, right?

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