Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins could be one of the many players that take advantage of the NFL’s new jersey number rule. The league recently passed a rule that relaxed the restrictions on the jersey numbers for most positions, including single numbers for receivers. And we could see Hopkins could take inspiration from LeBron James.
The NFL passed the proposal to allow a more expanded availability of jersey numbers for every position. For example, originally, running backs and defensive backs were not allowed to wear single numbers. But with that now changed, we could see a number of players switch to the college numbers that they wore ever since their childhood.
Indications from the ongoing meetings of NFL owners today are that they are officially approving a rule proposed by the Chiefs that loosens jersey number restrictions, including allowing RB, WR, TE, LB and DB to wear single digit uniforms.
Let’s go 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/B9gvk3nSat
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 21, 2021
DeAndre Hopkins hinted a switch to No.6 from No. 10
4 time NBA MVP LeBron James famously switched his number to No.6 from No.23 when he went to play for the Miami Heat in 2011. And after 8 years in the NFL, we could see DeAndre Hopkins follow suit.
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This eventually reached the four-time NBA MVP, who simply responded with the face with steam from nose and fire emojis.
DeAndre Hopkins gained all his recognition early as he wore No. 6 during his time for the Clemson Tigers. The former first round pick was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2013. But had to switch to No.10 when he arrived in the pros as single-digit jerseys were reserved for quarterbacks, kickers and punters.
D-Hop is trying to bring it back to his Clemson days 👀🔥
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) April 22, 2021
The expanded jerseys will allow running backs, tight ends, fullbacks, H-backs, and wide receivers to wear numbers 1-49 and 80-89. Defensive backs can choose from 1-49. Linebackers 1-59 and 90-99. Offensive linemen 50-79 and defensive linemen 50-79 and 90-99. QBs, kickers, and punters will remain in 1-19.
The new relaxation of rules saw a lot of players coming out and saying what numbers they would like to switch to next season. Seeing Hopkins in another number could be weird to the eyes at first but it will be exciting to see him go back to his Clemson number.