Newly acquired Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley has finally made the decision in regards to his jersey number, however, he didn’t make the right choice.
Before Gurley became the new starting running back for the Atlanta Falcons, you could see him running up and down the field in the number 30 for the Los Angeles Rams. Now you have to give it to Gurley for not making Qadree Ollison give up number 30 so he could wear it.
Gurley had plenty of choices to choose from but decided to wear number 21. If you know anything about the Falcons or football in general, you will know that Deion Sanders made that number famous. DeAngelo Hall wore the same number during his time with the Falcons and while he was a great corner for the Falcons, he’s nowhere on Prime Time’s planet.
Desmond Trufant also wore that number during his entire seven-year run in Atlanta before being released just a few weeks ago. Again, another player that was nowhere near the caliber of player that Sanders was.
The Falcons do no longer retire uniform numbers but instead, have a ring of honor in which they honor some of their past greats. However, out of respect for Hall of Famer, that number shouldn’t be worn again.
Say what you want about Michael Vick’s off the field antics, if it wasn’t for number 7, there’s no telling how long the city would have had to wait to be excited about football again. Roddy White would have been by far the greatest Falcons receiver of all time if Julio Jones never existed. No one should be allowed to wear number 88 as well.
There’s no doubt that Gurley is a great player but choosing to wear number 21 is not the right move. Anyone that is in the Falcons ring of honor deserves their number to never be worn again out of respect and number 21 needs to be right at the top of that list.