Robert Parish and Russell Westbrook have something in common: They dominated in the NBA with a rather unorthodox jersey number.
Parrish wore 00, and Westbrook still uses 0, which isn’t exactly common anywhere else.
That might not be the case anymore going forward, as the Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly submitted a proposal to the NFL Competition Committee to add No. 0 as an eligible jersey number, according to NFL insider Dov Kleiman.
The #Eagles submitted a proposal which would allow players the ability to have the number 0 as part of their their jersey number, via @kalynkahlerhttps://t.co/TXirRJupfh pic.twitter.com/EoFxYL0cHX
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 1, 2023
Just in 2021, the league approved a proposal to expand the jersey numbers and allow players to wear single-digit numbers, prompting multiple guys to go back to their old numbers from college.
Before that, only punters, kickers, and quarterbacks were allowed to wear single-digit jerseys, and now fullbacks, wide receivers, running backs, defensive backs, tight ends, and linebackers can also enjoy that privilege.
That rule change was met with some criticism, though, with several QBs predicting that it could lead to multiple mixups at the line of scrimmage.
However, so far, so good for the single-digit numbers.
But why should the Eagles care about this?
Well, they’ve already retired both No. 5 and No. 15 for Donovan McNabb and Steve Van Buren, respectively, and they already have WR DeVonta Smith using No.6 and LB Haason Reddick donning no. 7, so there’s only a handful of single-digit jerseys still on the table for their players.
Notably, the league used to allow both 0 and 00 before 1973, so it wouldn’t be crazy to think that they could revisit this possibility.NEXT: Eagles Player Criticizes Former Coach For Super Bowl Loss