If you want to know what football players think about the uniform number 69, you’ve come to the right place. This article will explain why 69 is considered a lucky number, and whether it’s a double-zero or a complicated number. Also, find out how players choose their jersey numbers. And don’t forget to check out our other articles for more football-related trivia!
69 is a favorite number for football players
That the number 69 will always be funny as hell is inarguable. Unfortunately, the sporting world is bereft of athletes who’ve donned the internet’s favorite number on their jerseys. Just two NHL players have ever worn it, no one in the history of the NBA ever has, and only a handful of major leaguers have ever done so. In the NFL, however, regulations stipulate that offensive linemen can only select a number between 60 and 79 and defensive lineman must pick one between 60 and 79 or 90 and 99. As a result, more than a few players over the years have rocked the sex number.
It’s a lucky number
Footballers who wear the number 11 are considered to be black horses. This is due to the fact that the number is the first double-digit prime number, and therefore, two of them have twice the power of one. Most players who wear the number 11 become black horses for their team. Gareth Bale, the Welsh player who wears the number 11, has this lucky streak in his game. However, it isn’t just players with the number 11 who are considered to be lucky.
If you’re a football player, wearing the number 7 could give you an edge over your opponents. As the number 9 is the largest single digit, it can also be seen as a powerful number. According to Norse mythology, there are nine realms. The number 9 is also featured in the Marvel hit Thor. Real Madrid fans considered Ronaldo to be a superhero when he wore the number 9.
It’s a double-zero
There are a lot of stories surrounding players wearing the double-zero uniform number, but few are as iconic as Enes Kanter, the second-highest scoring center in the history of the sport. Kanter, who was drafted in the third round by the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, has quickly become a favorite in Madison Square Garden. He’s racking up his best season to date and is the poster boy for double-zero wearers.
Many baseball players have worn numbers that start with zero. Barry Bonds wore the number 00 in St. Louis for a season. Miguel Tejada, who played for the Baltimore Orioles, accidentally wore the No. 0 in 2005 after sliding headfirst into home plate. Players wearing the number 00 in major league baseball have included Paul Dade (of the Cleveland Indians) and Joe Page (of the Pittsburgh Pirates).
The popularity of the double-zero uniform number started in the 1970s. While the NBA still does not allow the double-zero, zero became a popular choice in college football. Since college rosters often exceed 100 players, it’s not uncommon for two or three teams to wear the same number. Although the numbers are rarely used in other sports, double-zeros have appeared in many other arenas. In NASCAR, Formula 1, and soccer, double-zero uniforms have appeared on a few teams.
It’s a double-zero for the Yankees
Until Derek Jeter retired No. 2 on May 14, the Yankees had no player wearing uniform number 69. This number is now off limits, but the Yankees did honor several players by retiring their number. Here are some of these players who wore the number. Some of these players include:
First, consider the number itself. There are only two players in baseball history who have worn number 69: Paul O’Neill and Jim Otto. Those players are now retired, but he was the last Yankee to wear the number. In the NFL, a player wearing this number was Ken Burrough, and he wore it in an exhibition game. Also, writer George Plimpton wore the number 0 once, but not in a regular season game. In the meantime, no player has worn the double-zero, either.
In addition to Hughes, a player who wore the number 69 once was Alfredo Aceves, who wore the number throughout his seven-year career. Although it’s rare for a player to wear the number, it is an honor to wear that number. While Aceves never became a star, he did pitch well enough to earn the title of «Mr. Yankee» during his time with the team.
Another noteworthy Yankee is Goose Gossage, who defied dress code with a horseshoe mustache. Similarly, Reggie Jackson sported a full beard during his time with the Yankees. And Don Mattingly, the face of the franchise in the 1980s, was benched in 1991 for his long hair, and was later put back into the lineup.