LT's Number? Blackjack in Green and White
Published: Tue, March 23, 2010 - 12:28pm ET
By Randy Lange
03/23 — Equipment manager Gus Granneman and his staff are busy today with a hamperful of newly assigned uniform numbers to recently assigned players. But we could have seen one player/number combination coming down One Jets Drive:
LaDainian Tomlinson will wear No. 21 in green and white.
Tomlinson, of course, has worn 21 since he entered the NFL as the San Diego Chargers' fifth pick overall in the 2001 draft.
To get that winning blackjack hand, LT had to fight off a few new teammates who also had connections to the number. CB Dwight Lowery began his Jets career in 2008 as No. 34 before starting anew with 21 last offseason. And newly signed S Brodney Pool had worn 21 with Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the second round of the '05 draft.
Pool will wear 22 as a Jet. Lowery becomes 26, pending official league approval of the change.
Newly signed LB/ST Lance Laury will receive his new number once he arrives. Here are the 14 numbers just assigned to new arrivals and some of the future signees from last month:
K Nick Folk 2 CB Dwight Lowery 26
P T.J. Conley 8 CB Antonio Cromartie 31
WR Larry Taylor 15 LS Tanner Purdum 46
WR S.J. Green 18 LB Ezra Butler 53
RB LaDainian Tomlinson 21 LB Josh Mauga 58
S Brodney Pool 22 T Mike Turkovich 72
DB Bo Smith 25 DE Rodrique Wright 98