CSNPhilly: Asomugha won't make issue for 21 jersey

August 1, 2011, 10:00 pm
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Aug. 1, 2011
Reuben Frank

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- One of the first new teammates Nnamdi Asomugha sought out when he arrived at Eagles training camp Saturday was Joselio Hanson.

No. 21? Meet No. 21.

After wearing No. 22 in 2006 and 2007, Hanson switched to No. 21 in 2008, when Asante Samuel arrived. Hanson has worn 21 since.

Asomugha? He wore No. 21 all eight of his seasons with the Raiders.

Pro athletes are funny about their numbers. They often hold special significance. And guys will do anything to get the number they really want. Changing numbers in mid-career is bad luck.

So when a guy who signs a huge new contract finds that his former number is taken, protocol calls for the new player offering the incumbent a giant pile of cash.

Not this time. Not with Joselio and Nnamdi.