A new set of amendments made official on Wednesday saw the NFL throw their jersey number system into pure chaos.
With these new changes, skill players on the offensive side of the ball (with the exception of quarterbacks) can wear numbers one through 49 or 80 through 89, while defensive backs can also now wear numbers one through 49. Linebackers have an even greater advantage, with numbers one through 59, as well as 90 through 99, available to them. Offensive and defensive linemen can also wear numbers 50 through 79, while the latter can also wear numbers 90 through 99.
But not everybody is on board with the changes.
Namely Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Still atop the NFL mountain following his seventh Super Bowl title, the 43-year-old took to Instagram to straight-up blast the changes as ‘dumb’ and said that it’ll lead to “bad football.”
Honestly, Brady’s status as the undeniable GOAT gives him the freedom to eviscerate the league whenever he feels like it. But this does feel like a slight overreaction on the part of TB-12. I mean, it’s not as if players are going to be wearing exclamation points and question marks now. And Brady’s seen enough film to know not only the Mike’s number (even if it’s a silly one), but where he went to school, what he eats before a meal, and what his tears taste like after a loss.
Truth be told, Brady might just be jealous that quarterbacks (and kickers) were not included in these number changes, preventing him from switching to No. 199.
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