Number News: Vols and Patriots

Tennessee Volunteer junior cornerback, Cam Sutton, will be switching his jersey number to seven. At least temporarily. The defensive back expressed his desire to honor teammate Rashaan Gaulden, after Gaulden was ruled out for this year's football season with a broken foot.

Reggie Wayne, the longtime Indianapolis Colt wide receiver, is beginning a one year deal with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. He won't be wearing his familiar number 87 however. That number is reserved for Gronk. So Wayne will sport a low number, 15, as part of the Patriots receiving corps.
You can see the full Patriots roster, along with jersey numbers, here.

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Number 46 Retired by Yankees

On the same weekend the Yankees retired the number of a longtime catcher, they removed number 46 from their jersey rotation in honor of Andy Pettitte. Only two Yankees have more wins than Pettitte, who is the all-time leader in postseason wins and holds the New York Yankees record for strikeouts with 2,020. The lefty hailing from Louisiana and Texas spent the majority of his MLB career with the boys from the Bronx, excepting a brief time with the Houston Astros.

A five time World Series Champion, he pitched over 275 innings in the playoffs, striking out 183 with a 3.81 ERA.

Do you know the best professional athlete to ever wear number 46?

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Number 20 Retired by Yankees

The New York Yankees have retired jersey number 20 in honor of longtime backstop Jorge Posada. Posada caught for the Yankees over 17 seasons, during a productive winning stretch for the team, of which they've had many in their storied history. Posada wore number 20 as part of a battery that led New York's American League team to four World Series Championships. During that span, New York's number 20 was a five-time All Star and Silver Slugger. Posada also received a plaque in Monument park alongside some of his contemporaries.

Posada also joins a handful of great Yankee catchers who have been honored with a monument park plaque, including Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Elston Howard and Thurman Munson.

Do you know the best MLB athlete to ever wear number 20?

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Florida State Kickoff Number Switch

The Florida State Seminoles needed to improve their kickoff return game. Ranking 88th nationally in yards per return wasn't going to cut it. So they decided to add one of their fast, fierce hitters to the return squad from their defense. Jalen Ramsey, a cornerback, will now be on the field with Kermit Whitfield for kick returns. One problem though. Both players wear jersey number 8. Obviously you can't have two players on the field with the same jersey number at the same time. So, to get around the issue, Ramsey will change out of jersey number 8 when he takes to the field in a kick return capacity. No word yet on what jersey number he will change to for kicks.

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Number News

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed kicker Garrett Hartley, to fill in for the injured Shaun Suisham. Hartley, who had great success with the New Orleans Saints in their run to the Super Bowl, will be wearing jersey number 8 for the Steelers. Interestingly, only three other players have worn number 8 with Pittsburgh: Tommy Maddox,
Everett Fisher and Joseph Yurcic.

The Arkansas Razorbacks' Anthony Brown has switched from defensive end to fullback. As such, he has switched his jersey number from 53 to 47 in order to be eligible to catch passes out of the backfield. It was additionally reported that quarterback Rafe Peavey has switched his jersey number from 9 to 2 for Arkansas.

Switching to Major League Baseball, relief pitcher Josh Wall has been called up for the Pittsburgh Pirates from their AAA affiliate in Indianapolis. He had a strong 2.93 in 23 relief chances at the AAA level. Wall will be wearing jersey number 61 for the Pirates.

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Braxton Miller - Number 1

Will Braxton Miller be changing his Twitter handle to @BraxtonMiller1, instead of @BraxtonMiller5? Why would he do that? Well, it was recently reported that with his move from quarterback to H-Back, he would also be changing his jersey number with the Ohio State Buckeyes, from 5 to 1.

With a glut of talented signal callers, and more importantly Miller needing to ensure his shoulder holds up through this season, Miller has taken on the new position where is supposedly already excelling. There is one caveat with wearing this new number in this new position for the Buckeyes however. Freshman wideout Johnnie Miller is wearing number 1 as well. So, both players won't be on the field at the same time.....or one of them will be changing their jersey number (again?).

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Number 18 for a Leaf Blower

Ben Zobrist wore number 18 with his two previous teams, the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. When he was traded to the Kansas City Royals, someone else already wore that jersey number. Coach Rusty Kuntz sported number 18 for KC. He willingly gave up his number to the newly acquired Zobrist. Tradition states however, that some remuneration occur for the jersey number relinquishment. So, in one of the more unique cases of compensation for a newly acquired athlete getting the jersey number they prefer, Zobrist is giving Kuntz a leaf blower. A down-to-earth exchange, if you ask me!

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New Jersey Devils Number Changes

New Jersey Devils' General Manager Ray Shero announced recently that three key members of the team would be changing jersey numbers. Forward Mike Cammalleri will go from jersey number 23 to number 13. Forward Jordin Tootoo will go from jersey number 20 to number 22. Defenseman Eric Gelinas will go from jersey number 22 to number 44. In a cool move, the Devils will exchange any of these players previously numbered jerseys for fans who purchased them at either the team store in the Prudential Center or online at The exchanges would need to happen in person at the team store between August 13 and September 13.

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