Cardinals announce J.J. Watt will wear No. 99

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The Cardinals organization retired No. 99 in honor of running back Marshall Goldberg, but the number is coming back into circulation.

Goldberg’s daughter Ellen Goldberg Tullos said that her late father would be “delighted” to have Watt wearing the same number he wore while a member of the Chicago Cardinals. In a video posted to Arizona’s Twitter account, Watt is shown telling teammate Chandler Jones that he spoke to Tullos and is “good to go” in terms of the number.

With that out of the way, the Cardinals formally announced on Tuesday that Watt will wear the same number he wore in Houston when he takes the field this season.

The Cardinals also shared a photo of Watt signing his new two-year contract with the team and announced that Watt will be holding a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Questions at that session are likely to focus more on what drew him to Arizona than his jersey number, although there’s a good chance that Goldberg and his family may get a mention before the afternoon is out.

17 responses to “Cardinals announce J.J. Watt will wear No. 99

  1. Who even knew who Marshal Goldberg even was before this? If anything this brings his name back from the archives and introduces him to a new generation of fans. Also can bring a tie from the past and present of the franchise.

  2. Well, Watt’s got the money he wanted, he’s got his “brand” (99) secured, and what he needs to do now is what he couldn’t do in Houston…that’s win.

  3. TECHNICALLY, there are 100 numbers available (00-99), and a 53 man roster….so TECHNICALLY a team can retire 47 numbers without an issue arising (im not sure if there are rules that certain position players HAVE to have certain numbers). Not even the Yankees have anywhere near 47 retired numbers.

  4. He should have picked another number and honored Mr. Goldberg’s memory. Another selfish, entitled athlete

  5. Obviously retired numbers aren’t really an official thing, but this shows why they should be limited to the very few historic players’ numbers that you would never consider letting someone else wear. Otherwise, it’s meaningless.

  6. BuckyBadger says:
    March 2, 2021 at 2:56 pm
    Who even knew who Marshal Goldberg even was before this? If anything this brings his name back from the archives and introduces him to a new generation of fans. Also can bring a tie from the past and present of the franchise.

    Thats actually a good point.

  7. That’s lame. What’s the point of retiring a number if you’re just gonna have an excuse to bring it back? I’m guessing JJ watt gave the daughter some serious $$$

  8. Not many of todays athletes would pick a different number. I guess JJ is no different. Bummer.

  9. Giving Watt number 99 and saying that brings Goldberg’s name back into focus for people who might never of heard of him is a sad excuse. You either retire numbers to honor players, or you don’t. The Cardinals have now shown that they don’t. I’m saddened by the fact that Watt would even want that number, knowing it was retired to honor another player. But I guess we know who he thinks is more important to the team’s history. Imagine the sh*t storm we’d have seen if Brady had gone to TB and number 12 had been retired and he had asked to have it un-retired.

  10. When Joe Montana went to Kansa City he didn’t ask to wear No. 16 even though he accomplished far more in that number than Len Dawson did. Just because people said it’s OK doesn’t really make it OK. It would have been more gracious & generous to turn the offer down.

  11. Well; after hearing about this development, I’m certainly not going to cheer him on, now!! Okay; I wasn’t planning on it……….

  12. inozwetrust says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:08 pm
    He should have picked another number and honored Mr. Goldberg’s memory. Another selfish, entitled athlete

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    Agreed. The definition of an entitled Millennial who disrespects those who come before them.

  13. TECHNICALLY, there are 100 numbers available (00-99), and a 53 man roster….so TECHNICALLY a team can retire 47 numbers without an issue arising (im not sure if there are rules that certain position players HAVE to have certain numbers). Not even the Yankees have anywhere near 47 retired numbers.

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    Not really, if you want to be technical. The number of players is not constantly 53. In preseason they can have several dozen more players than that.

    And some numbers are restricted. When Reggie Bush joined the Saints, he wanted number 5, which was his number at USC. He couldn’t have it because that’s a number reserved for quarterbacks

  14. First of all I had never heard of Marshall Goldberg before this. Secondly, it shouldn’t matter what any of us think so long as the daughter is OK with it. If anything, this has sparked interest in a guy I’m betting none of us ever heard of.

    He was a 5’11” 190-pound RB at Pittsburgh from 1936-38 which was probably formidable back then. He held the rushing record until it was broken by a guy named Tony Dorsett. He third in Heisman voting in 1937 and runner-up in 1938. He played in the NFL until serving in the Navy from 1943-45. He returned to the NFL from ’46-’48.

  15. They can spin it any way they like, this is Watt saying it’s all about him, which actually surprised me.

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