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Players React to NFL’s new Uniform Number Rule

The NFL has recently announced that they will be changing the jersey number rule, allowing a wider range of numbers at each position.

With this latest rule change, this means there are certain groups who can now opt to wear single-digit jersey numbers. Previously, only quarterbacks, punters and kickers could have single digits. Now, that’s been expanded to include tight ends, wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs. 

Here’s how it breaks down:

Position groupNumber options
Running backs1-49, 80-89
Wide receivers1-49, 80-89
Tight ends1-49, 80-90
Offensive line50-79
Defensive line50-79, 90-99
Linebackers1-59, 90-99
Defensive backs1-49


There have been many mixed reactions from NFL athletes. Some appear to love the rule change, but others don’t see the point.

Per NFL rules, a player will have to make a large payment in order to change his number for the 2021 season. Under the NFL’s current jersey manufacturing rules, a player will have to buy out the existing allotment of jerseys featuring their current number. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook looked into the process of changing his number and discovered swapping his No. 33 to the No. 4 he wore at Florida State would cost around $1.5 million. 

Despite the hefty costs, some well known NFL players have been hinting at a number change for the upcoming season.

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