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NFL stars excited by jersey number rule change

Enter player zero

The No. 0 is a famous one in the NBA. Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum all wear jerseys emblazoned with a number which appears to give them a certain level of inevitability.

But NFL players have never had the opportunity to choose the number – that is until this upcoming year.

On Tuesday, NFL league owners approved a proposal to permit players to wear the No. 0 for the first time. All position groups, except offensive and defensive lineman, will be allowed to wear the number.

It adds to the change implemented in 2021 which allowed most non-linemen to wear numbers 1-49.

According to the NFL website, the rule – which was proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles – allows quarterbacks to choose from numbers 0-19; defensive backs 0-49; fullbacks, tight ends, halfbacks and wide receivers 0-49 and 80-89; linebackers 0-59 and 90-99. Offensive linemen must choose from numbers 50-79, while defensive linemen can wear 50-79 and 90-99.

Punters and placekickers can wear to 0-49 and 90-99, where they were previously allowed to wear 1-19.


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