To follow up on an item from yesterday, anyone that guessed No. 20 in the Redskins Facebook contest is eligible to win an autographed OJ Atogwe jersey (I hope no one actually submitted No. 137).
Atogwe addressed the media after practice and was clearly very excited to be a Redskin. He was sporting his brand new burgundy practice jersey and a Redskins cap as he talked about his decision to switch numbers.
“I’m a fan of the game and I was a big fan of Sean Taylor,” he said. ”I’ve been No. 21 my entire life since I was about 10 years old, but the man who wore the number here was a very honorable man.”
It was really touching how well Atogwe has handled this whole situation. Taylor and Atogwe both came into the league at about the same time and same position. Atogwe never questioned his number change when coming to Washington, and was very reverent when talking about Taylor.
“With the tragic thing that happened to him, it’s just something I personally believe,” Atogwe explained. ”Even though the number’s not officially retired, in my heart, I believe that the number is retired. It wasn’t even a question of what number I was going to take.”
So why No. 20? ”Brad back there in the equipment room held No. 20 for me. I wore No. 20 one year in high school.”
Despite being adamant about not wanting 21, Atogwe said that he doesn’t really put that much stock in numbers at all. ”It’s a great number, but at the end of the day it’s about playing football. The number you wear is just how they identify you. You still got to go out on the field, and do what your coached to do.”
Atogwe cracked a smile at the end when he said not to expect any difference in his play: “I’m excited to put on the No. 20. Doesn’t mean that I’m one less than 21, I’m just evening it out.”
Check out the full video below:
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