The NFL released its’ latest list of rule changes and proposals for the upcoming 2021 season and there’s one proposal that surely stands out amongst the rest.
The Chiefs have proposed the idea “to amend Rule 5, Section 1, Article 2, to expand jersey number options for certain positions.” This move would drastically change the way we all think about jersey numbers and which players can wear what in the current NFL.
2021 rules change proposals submitted by the Competition Committee and clubs were shared across the league today.— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) April 1, 2021
Here’s a look at what was proposed: https://t.co/xT8OojcVR1
For example, right now, wide receivers can only wear number 10-19 and 89-89. Tight ends can only wear 40-49 and 80-89. If this new proposal would be passed, running backs, receivers, tight ends, and linebackers would all have access to single-digit numbers, while also expanding their options into the 10s, 20s, 30s, and 40s if they weren’t able to beforehand.
This proposal would be a massive shakeup to the current makeup of the NFL’s jersey policy and the current jersey replica market, as well. Of course, should this be pushed through, numerous players will attempt to change their jersey numbers which will then throw a giant wrench into the merchandise industry. More than likely, players won’t be able to change it immediately, but the switch to different numbers will be nonetheless inevitable if given the chance.
The best thing to come out of it, though? Some of the NFL’s best players will likely try and secure a single-digit jersey number, something many had to switch from after entering the NFL. For example, former Clemson running back and NFL draft hopeful Travis Etienne would be able to stick with the number nine as a rookie. 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith would also be able to keep his number six, as well.
I’m personally all for this proposal. I mean, how cool is it to watch massive, punishing linebackers wearing single-digit numbers? Same goes for tight ends. I love that aesthetic. Single-digit numbers just make everyone look so much cooler.
And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke. The news came straight from the NFL Operations group.
One other proposal of note comes from the Eagles, who wish to see the NFL implement a second option for team’s to retain possession after scoring a field goal or a touchdown by allowing them the chance to convert on a 4th-and-15 play from their own 25-yard line.
What do you all think of this new jersey number proposal? Would you be in favor of the change or against it? Let me know what you all think.