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|
Hunter Stays Home
Tackle Wayne Hunter, a restricted free agent, has signed his contract tender to remain with the Jets. Leon Washington, Kellen Clemens and Drew Coleman are the Jets’ remaining RFAs who have not signed their tenders.
Pick the All-Time NFL Draft
If you’re a draftnik from way back, you’ll love spending some time on NFL.com helping to choose the 75 most valuable draft picks of all time.
The NFL Website’s editors narrowed down the first 74 drafts in league history to the top 320 players, and you can vote by choosing between pairs of randomly generated players. After selecting winners of 30 matchups, you’ll begin to build your own Top 10 list.
You can vote through April 18 and then the Top 75 will be revealed during the draft — picks 11-75 from April 19-22 on NFL.com and NFL Network, then the Top 10 during the three days of this year’s draft April 22-24.
Remembering Fallen Titans
Bob Mischak Jr., son of the All-AFL New York Titans guard, passed on a list of 2009 player deaths compiled by the Professional Football Researchers Association and available on the official online home of the Baltimore Colts Alumni.
One name jumped out on that list. Al Dorow, who hailed from Okemos, Mich., died last Dec. 7 at the age of 80.
Dorow, as old-time Jets/Titans fans know instinctively, was the starting QB behind Mischak Sr.’s offensive line for 27 of the Titans’ first 28 games in 1960-61.
The only game Dorow didn’t start was the very first contest in franchise history, when Dick Jamieson got the nod. But Dorow came on to complete the 27-3 win over the Bills at the Polo Grounds on Sept. 11, 1960, then fashioned a starting record of 13-14 through the end of the ’61 season.
Others on that list of 2009 departed Titans include HB Dave Ames (1961 team, hometown of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 4, 72 years old), T Ernie Barnes (1960, Los Angeles, April 27, 70), DB Eddie Bell (1960, Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 78), and DB Don Herndon (1960, Lakeland, Fla., Jan 10, 72).
To the families of Al, Dave, Ernie, Eddie and Don, our heartfelt belated condolences for the memories they created and the foundation they helped build a half century ago.
Tags: Brodney Pool, Dwight Lowery, Gus Granneman, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mike Devlin, NFL Draft
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