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KingPriest2
05-23-2006, 07:14 PM
Reggie Bush won't get his No. 5 this year


DENVER (AP) -- Reggie Bush won't get to wear the No. 5 he made famous at USC for the New Orleans Saints.

Not this season and perhaps not ever.


Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday that the committee had recommended against Bush's request for his college number.

The decision was made by the committee after two conference calls. It was never discussed by the owners.

"Nobody is comfortable that an exception be made to the policy and no one is confident that there will ever be a change," McKay said at the NFL owners meetings, adding that it might come up again, but certainly not until after the 2006 season has started.

Under NFL rules, running backs are required to wear numbers between 20-49. Since 1973, the only major change was made last year, when receivers were given permission to wear numbers in the teens because teams were running out of 80s due in large part to an increase in receivers and tight ends on rosters.

Bush, chosen second overall by New Orleans in April's draft, wore No. 5 at Southern California and had asked the NFL to make an exception. McKay said the committee also had requests from other players to wear numbers normally not allowed for their positions.

Bush had pledged to donate 25 percent of his take on jersey sales to the New Orleans-area recovery from Hurricane Katrina if the league allowed him to wear No. 5. He said Tuesday he'll stick to that pledge despite the NFL's rejection of his request.

"Obviously, I am disappointed by today's decision but I respect the NFL Competition Committee's judgment," Bush said. "The No. 5 is special to me, but with the proceeds from the jersey sales I was also trying to do something special for the city of New Orleans and the entire region.

"We have not decided which number I will wear for this coming season, but that decision will come soon."

Bush's second choice appears to be 25, currently worn by veteran special teamer Fred McAfee, who has indicated he would be willing to give it (or sell it) to Bush. Players often change numbers to accommodate others, often selling the rights, as New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles did two years in a row -- first trading No. 10 to Eli Manning in 2004, then No. 17 to Plaxico Burress last year.

Feagles got a vacation for his family to give Manning his number. Burress paid for an outdoor kitchen in Feagles' Arizona home.

Other number exchanges haven't been as amicable.

When Clinton Portis joined the Washington Redskins two years ago, he bought No. 26 for $40,000 from safety Ifeanyi Ohalete. Portis paid $20,000 up front but declined to pay the rest after Ohalete was cut by the Redskins and picked up by Arizona.

Ohalete then sued and the issue was solved before a trial when the two sides agreed on a lump-sum payment of $18,000 to settle the matter.

UteChief
05-23-2006, 07:20 PM
I don't understand why they just don't let them wear whatever number they want. What's the big deal?

jspchief
05-23-2006, 07:26 PM
Good. The NFL is bigger than one player. Changing the rules at an individual's request sets a horrible precedent.

hypersensitiveZO6
05-23-2006, 07:33 PM
ha

OnTheWarpath58
05-23-2006, 07:34 PM
Good. The NFL is bigger than one player. Changing the rules at an individual's request sets a horrible precedent.

Exactly.

Didn't Edgerrin James also make a similar request (several times) when he came into the league?

Jayhawkerman2001
05-23-2006, 07:39 PM
Only something like the NBA would allow it to happen. Its a rule they have in te nfl, itd be horrible to let one person be above the nfl, it would change everything the nfl is about.

Rain Man
05-23-2006, 07:46 PM
I can't even believe that they considered it. A #1 draft choice gets to change the rules? That only works if you're Eli Manning or John Elway.

Rain Man
05-23-2006, 07:49 PM
I don't understand why they just don't let them wear whatever number they want. What's the big deal?


If running backs wore number 70 and guards wore number 12, there would be total chaos.

dr00d
05-23-2006, 08:13 PM
Let the whining begin!

Simplex3
05-23-2006, 08:15 PM
He and UteChief can get #5's put on the back of their pink panties.

Skip Towne
05-23-2006, 08:32 PM
The numbering system helps the officials detect penalties like illegal receiver downfield. I like the system. In college ball you can't tell who is what. F*ck Reggie Bush and BTW he wasn't the #1 draft pick not that it makes any difference.

Mile High Mania
05-23-2006, 08:36 PM
I can't even believe that they considered it. A #1 draft choice gets to change the rules? That only works if you're Eli Manning or John Elway.

Heh... get your draft order right when attempting a slam.

Moooo
05-23-2006, 09:39 PM
My question is what makes him any different from any other player who has had to change?

Moooo

UteChief
05-23-2006, 10:03 PM
He and UteChief can get #5's put on the back of their pink panties.

Hey your wife/girlfriend bought em for me. And I don't care one way or another, I don't think it matters.

Simplex3
05-23-2006, 10:04 PM
Hey your wife/girlfriend bought em for me. And I don't care one way or another, I don't think it matters.
Yeah, but she didn't mean for YOU to wear them.

StcChief
05-24-2006, 05:10 AM
BFD. Play by the rules or don't play.