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National Football League jersey numbers

You are a football fan. You noticed every competition. You are cheering for your national football team when you wearing football jerseys. As a modern football fan, you can not ignore the national football league. The National Football League is the largest professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922. The league currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided evenly into two conferences -- the American Football Conference and National Football Conference, and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each.

 

Different players wear different number jerseys. Yes, jerseys stand for their position. In the NFL, players wear NFL jersey numbers based on the position they play. The current system was instituted into the league on April 5, 197y3, as a means for fans and officials to more easily identify players on the field by their position. Players who were already in the league at that date were grandfathered and did not have to change their jersey numbers if they did not conform. Since that date, players are invariably assigned numbers within the following ranges, based on their primary position.

 

The jersey numbers have a change. Prior to 2004, wide receivers were allowed to wear only numbers 80-89. The NFL changed the rule that year to allow wide receivers to wear numbers 10-19 to allow for the increased number of players at wide receiver and tight end coming into the league. Linebackers are allowed to wear numbers 40-49. Prior to that, players were allowed to wear non-standard numbers only if their team had run out of numbers within the prescribed number range.

 

In 2006, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush petitioned the NFL to let him keep the number 5 which he used at USC. His request was later denied. Former Seattle Seahawks standout Brian Bosworth attempted such a petition in 1987, also without success. The Seahawks attempted to get around the rule by listing Bosworth as a safety, but after he wore number 44 for a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL ruled Bosworth would have to switch back to his original number, 55.

 

Normally, only players on offense with eligible numbers are permitted to touch the ball by taking a snap from center, receiving a hand-off or catching a pass. It is not uncommon for running backs to line up at wide receiver on certain plays, or even to have a large offensive or defensive lineman play at fullback or tight end in short yardage situations. Also, in preseason games, when teams have expanded rosters, players may wear numbers that are outside of the above rules. When the final 53-player roster is established, they are reissued numbers within the above guidelines.

 

I am sure the step of NFL football jersey numbers will not stop from this day until forever. The numbers stand for players and people also remember their numbers before themselves. On the other hand, numbers are striking; people will find players easy when they walking in the stadium.

Internet reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League#Jersey_numbers

Editor: Rowlin

28.11.09 03:16

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