Lions rookie Jameson Williams to wear No. 9 jersey, after getting Matthew Stafford’s blessing

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Lions rookie receiver Jameson Williams will be the first player to wear No. 9 in Detroit since Matthew Stafford was traded to the Rams.

Williams, a first-round draft pick who hasn’t been practicing because of an injury and therefore hasn’t needed to pick a jersey number, revealed on Instagram that he will wear No. 9.

That’s the number Stafford wore for 12 years in Detroit, and according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN Williams reached out to Stafford to make sure he wouldn’t object. Stafford told him to go ahead.

Woodyard was under no obligation to ask permission; the number isn’t retired and Stafford surely realized when he asked to be traded that at some point, someone else would come along and wear the number. But Williams showed respect to a veteran player who had accomplished a lot in Detroit by checking with him first.

Williams is still recovering after he suffered a torn ACL while playing for Alabama in the College Football National Championship Game. It is unknown when he will be cleared to play.

9 responses to “Lions rookie Jameson Williams to wear No. 9 jersey, after getting Matthew Stafford’s blessing

  1. Why would you want wear Matthew Stafford’s number in Detroit, he was a failure there?

    Thank goodness he got off this 70 year failure team and won a Superbowl immediately when he was placed on a good team.

  2. Not so certain I would call Stafford a failure in Detroit. He was failed by the GM and ownership by not building a team he could win with. Stafford had exceptional passing stats during his Detroit days. It was the rest of the team and coaching that caused the losses.

  3. Classy and respectful thing for the rookie to do. That goes beyond honoring Staff but also the team.

  4. It’s one of those things where you should probably ask first but the other guy looks really petty if he says no.

  5. Stafford should have had no say at all. He was just a player and nothing more. Not even a legend.

  6. Pretty sure Stafford holds every significant Lions passing record that there is. It will be a long time before any other Lions QB comes near them.

    30 000 more passing yards than any other Lions QB.

  7. Williams is lucky to wear that number. Stafford made #9 as important as any. And it was on Honolulu Blue!

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