Throwback jerseys are one thing.
The impending uniform free-for-all about to hit NFL rosters is a whole new ballgame.
NFL stars are already scheming their new aesthetics after the league relaxed its ruled governing position and jersey numbers. Linebackers, defensive backs, and offensive skill position players are the chief groups eligible for a new number starting in 2021.
Who's changing jersey numbers this year? 👀 pic.twitter.com/Xba0FwzJsa
This means the biggest NFL stars could revert to college-like jerseys — but should they? Here are the 10 big names who’d look a lot better rocking their old digits from back in the day:
10. Ezekiel Elliott
There’s something so satisfying about watching a big ballcarrier like Zeke rumble in a No. 15 jersey, like he did back at Ohio State.
9. Justin Jefferson
The Rookie of the Year runner-up made a name for himself in the 18 jersey. But No. 2 just looked so good when he was a Bayou Bengal.
8. JuJu Smith-Schuster
He wore No. 9 at USC. When he joined the Steelers, he stuck a one in front of it. Now, JuJu looks like he’s considering a switch back.
7. Jalen Ramsey
Secret’s out. The star Rams CB let his jersey preferences be known for all his Twitter followers to see.
6. Patrick Peterson/Tyrann Mathieu/Leonard Fournette/etc.
LSU’s No. 7 jersey is sacred. Those who wore it down in Baton Rouge should at least consider rocking it in the league.
5. Alvin Kamara
Kamara’s pulled off the impossible — looking good as a RB with a number in the 40s. His old No. 6 at Tennessee has some swagger befitting a playmaker of his ilk.
Alvin Kamara has forced 40+ missed tackles in every season since he was a sophomore at Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/mKEKvUPLyh
4. DeAndre Hopkins
Looks like DeAndre wants to pull a LeBron and bring back his old Clemson jersey number.
A post shared by Deandre Hopkins (@deandrehopkins)
3. Chase Young
Before the rule change, Washington’s Defensive Rookie of the Year had the swaggiest pass rushing number. After the rule change? His old No. 2 has to be in play. It just looks too good.
You can’t stop Chase Young, you can only hope to contain him 😳 @youngchase907
(h/t @espn) pic.twitter.com/iLuulGVZnb
2. Christian McCaffrey
We never got to see Reggie Bush wear No. 5 in the pros; fellow PAC 12 product Christian McCaffrey could take up that mantle with his old Stanford digits.
Christian McCaffrey at Stanford🔥
1. Derrick Henry
Let’s be real: King Henry should get an exemption to wear No. 0, the percentage a single defender has of bringing him down. Until that day comes, it’d be amazing to see the NFL’s biggest back wearing a single-digit jersey once reserved for kickers. He wore No. 2 at Alabama and as a rookie and it looked wonderful.
Indications from the ongoing meetings of NFL owners today are that they are officially approving a rule proposed by the Chiefs that loosens jersey number restrictions, including allowing RB, WR, TE, LB and DB to wear single digit uniforms.
Let’s go 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/B9gvk3nSat
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