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LT’s Number? Blackjack in Green and White

Posted by Randy Lange on March 23, 2010 – 12:28 pm

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:

 Player No  Player No
 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.


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24 Responses to “LT’s Number? Blackjack in Green and White”

  1. By Ira on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe Pool can turn that #22 jersey into the play of B. Owens, E. McMillan and J. Hudson. They all had #22. Sorry to hear about those players who passed. I remember watching Dorow throw passes to Powell and Maynard. Wow that seems like a very, very long time ago.

  2. By smoore7 on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    We need to pick somebody like Suh in the draft and also get that #6 draft pick “what’s his name” from a couple of years who could be the next LT if he wanted to be, to decide he can have fun being feared in the NFL, in order for our defense to become a geat and feared defense

  3. By smoore7 on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey if we could get Vernon Gholston to work out with Revis during the offseason HE COULD BE DANGEROUS. If Coach Ryan can figure out how to use Vernon Gholston as a dangerous pass rusher and get Suh, we could have a NUCLEAR DEFENSE. It would be fun watching opposing offenses getting swallowed up so fast they don’t know what to do. Just the fear alone would alarm quarterbacks so bad they couldn’t take the time to throw it properly creating picks for our DB’s. Wait I Woke up. It was a dream. DARN

  4. By jayndasun on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ira…

    do you work? You are on like EVERY local NY radio staition and post in every newspaper and site in relation to the Jets!

    haha

  5. By Jason on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks a lot Randy, keep up the good work

  6. By Charlie on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Im sorry smoore7, but in order for the Jets to acquire a high enough draft pick to get Suh. they’d have to sell the farm. The Jets have a better chance landing Odrick(whom fits our 3-4 needs better anyways) But they will more than likely have to move up to get him too

  7. By TonyB on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’m hoping the Browns cut Ratliff so the Jets can get him back. I liked him better then Clemens

  8. By fred on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    like there was ever any doubt that LT would have gotten the number 21. it was just a matter of here it come’s

  9. By wilson12 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I dont think we have to go down in the draft, i think if we seat tight a really good DL will fall on to our lap, like Jared Odrick from Penn state, i think he is going to be really good, with jenkins, jared and ellis i think we will be unstopable!

  10. By j-rod on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Besides LT and Cro, I’m very interested in seeing what S.J., Larry Taylor, Mauga, Butler and Wright.

  11. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not feeling to secure going into the season with K- Folk and Conley handling F-G’s & punting duty hopefully Rex will work one of this new pickups at the wide out into the rotation, guess Lowery is second fiddle to the new guy again D-L had more #’s then sesame street , whats the skinny on J-Dearth did Feeley sign somewhere else not much news out of Fl. concerning the Jets .. jaysun that must explain why none of his many many posts aren’t overlooked or rejected

  12. By Mr. Green on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, it was a very, very long time ago. I remember going to the very first game and asking for the best seats available. According to the Titans ticket seller, upper deck/end zone 20 rows up was the best and the stadium was empty. Everybody had their hands out from the ticket seller to the ushers. After buying your ticket (best available) you could get a better seat depending on how much you wanted to give the usher. That is why the Titans went out of business.

  13. By Ablity on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Laveranues Coles any news on us signing him

  14. By Bleed Green on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Why not bring Mike Nugent back in to compete with Folk?? The guy had a few bad streaks early on, but was real solid for a couple years and has a strong leg!
    Might be some bad blood between him and the organization after he didn’t come back from messing up his quad on the opening ’08 kick-off, but you can’t feel good going in with Folk’s 79% career FG accuracy…

  15. By Tim in So Cal on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hay Randy, Hope your well, The Jets sent me a q.a. about the web site. the final question was if there is one thing you would do to improve the site what would it be? My answer was a better picture of you!!! just kidden . hey what about leon not singing his tenure and rehabing off site is this a concern?? We need this man he is truly a very gifted man and seems to be a very good person, not to mention the guy run’s like the cop’s are chasing him. Randy, Please let me know about Leon. Thanks Tim

  16. By smoore7 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Jimmy Graham (TE)
    Height:6’6″
    Weight:260 lbs.
    Arm Length:35 in.
    Hand Size:10 5/8 in.
    Vericle: 38 in
    College:Miami
    Conference:ACC
    Runs a 4.5 40 yard dash
    Comes cheap in the 2nd or 3rd round. Need I say more?

  17. By frankie on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    the hard knocks should be great this year!!!! can’t wait!!! go jets

  18. By Neil Brown on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I am excited to see that the Jets will be on Hard Knocks this year. Thats a cool show, and done very well. I am not opposed to bring back Coles. I want a younger speedy/breakout Santana moss type wr. But a major front line Pass Rusher is a MUST and much more important! I’d also rather Feely to do the kicking. Why are we messing with that? Cheers fellas, GO Gang Greene

  19. By Randy Lange on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Tim, that mugshot is as good as it gets. In a radio interview from the owners’ meeting, Rex Ryan was reported to have said that Leon Washington not signing his tender and missing the first offsesason workouts was “unfortunate.”

  20. By Row on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Biggest problem with Folk is he’s an indoor kicker. I think we jumped at signing him with little negotiations towards other players. I would like to see Nugent come in but with another player signed Rex’s hands are tied. It’s pretty sad we can sign everyone except pivitol special teams players that cost nothing albeit win games. Dearth should be signed, bring T.O. in for a workout. Scott makes more noise then he does, our locker room is strong and we win. He’ll like that. Go Jets

  21. By Derek on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you HBO!!!! Can’t wait until Hard Knocks starts!

  22. By Tim in So Cal on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Thanks for the info, Saw Rex today on NFL website,he looks great. Me and my buddies were concerned that we finally have a great coach that can take us a long way for many years,but wouldnt it be a b–tch if he dropped dead from a heart attack. One of my buddies not so fat Pauly who used to be fat Pauly had the lap band and he has dropped 90lbs.I got a bad feeling about Leon not showing and being on Hard Knocks. Don’t know what’s worse curse Knock’s or front page of S.I. Thanks Tim

  23. By Hank on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    When will LT jerseys start shipping?

  24. By Randy Lange on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hank, the merchandising department tells me the LaDainian Tomlinson jerseys are shipping now.

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