Death, taxes, and Tom Brady absolutely HATING the new jersey number rule. These are the guarantees of life.
As you probably already know by now, the league approved a new rule back in April of this year that will allow certain position groups to wear jersey numbers that they weren’t allowed to wear in the past.
In prior years, only quarterbacks, kickers, and punters were allowed to wear single digits. That is no longer the case. For example, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones is going to wear No. 2 this season. On Monday, New England Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry announced he will be wearing No. 1 from now on. We can give you more funky examples until we’re blue in the face, but you get the point.
Brady absolutely hates it. It’s a stark overreaction from the greatest player to ever play the game. Back in April, he took to Instagram to voice his displeasure with the development for the first time.
“DUMB,” Brady wrote. “Why not let linemen wear whatever they want too? Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys. Why not wear the same number? DUMB.”
In fact, he hates it so much that he’s still not done with it. He had more to say about the topic on Tuesday afternoon, just two days before his Buccaneers are set to kick off the 2021 regular season on national television against the Dallas Cowboys.
“You guys wanna talk about jersey numbers too? I feel pretty strongly about that,” Brady said. “Nope, I don’t really wanna get into that. I’ve already talked about it ad nauseam. Other than it’s a STUPID rule.”
The most recent comments were obviously made tongue-in-cheek, but there’s no denying that he really is ticked off about it. I actually love how much he hates it. His hatred for it is so ridiculous that it actually brings me joy. I like to picture Tom Brady eating a fancy meal in his breathtaking mansion while googling jersey number changes and just absolutely raging at the wildness.
I picture it going something like this.
“Leonard Fournette wears No. 7 now? Guess I’m never giving him the ball again,” as Alex Guerrero sits to his left while working on a plan that will keep Brady playing until he’s 65.
If only certain Atlanta Falcons defenders were allowed to wear single digits during Super Bowl LI, maybe the outcome would have been different and we would have been spared from the hundreds of 28-3 jokes. Sorry, Atlanta. This rule is a little too late to save you.
In all seriousness, Brady has complained about how the numbers could confuse quarterbacks as they scan the field. There’s probably a valid point to be found somewhere in his rant, but something tells me he’ll figure it out.
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