Three 49ers defensive backs are changing jersey numbers after an NFL rule change allows for their position group to wear single digits.
Ward wore No. 25 for the first four years after the 49ers made him a first-round choice in 2014. He switched to No. 20 after the 49ers signed Richard Sherman. Ward wore No. 15 during his career at Northern Illinois.
He did not provide the reason for the number change, only noting on his Instagram story that, “I have to change my IG name.” Ward’s username on Instagram is “nekosuave20.” His full name is Jimmie Neko Suave Ward.
Quarterback Troy Smith in 2010 was the last 49ers player to wear No. 1.