It’s that time of the year again, when players are released and fans look dejectedly at their closet full of irrelevant jerseys. Intern Ross speaks from experience on a few of his suggestions.
I don’t remember the days of Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins or even Joe Gibbs (the first time), because I wasn’t born yet.
What I remember are the days of Darrell Green, Stephen Davis, Sean Taylor and LaVar Arrington. I grew up on those guys, and I celebrated my fanhood by getting a couple jerseys as a kid.
I have unpleasant memories of the 2003 season, because of those jerseys.
On February 26, 2003, the Redskins released Davis. I was 13-years-old, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I wasn’t upset that they were releasing the third leading rusher in franchise history (now fourth after Clinton Portis). I wasn’t upset they were releasing a man with three straight 1,300+ yard seasons from 1999-2001, including a 17 touchdown season in ’99.
I was mad, because 65 days earlier, Santa Clause brought me a Redskins throwback jersey for Christmas, No. 48.
What was I supposed to do now with a jersey of a player not even on the team? Well, I asked nicely for my main man, cornerback Champ Bailey’s jersey. I thought I’d grow old wearing the young stars jersey, until wouldn’t you know it, the Redskins traded Bailey to the Denver Broncos for Clinton Portis.
I was starting to notice a trend, so I took a few years off of asking for Redskins jerseys. The last jersey I got was #21, which is currently hanging in my room.
I’m afraid to get another.
Now, I know some of you out there are facing the same decisions I faced; what in the world do you do with the now-expendable No. 92 and No. 5 jerseys?
Here are a few options:
1. Keep It:
If worn, be ready to answer the question: “Hey, cool jersey, how’d he work out for you?”
It will also come in handy for a “jersey” party. Instead of being empty-handed, the least you could do is represent your Burgundy and Gold.
2. Replace it:
Pick another player, buy another jersey. My recommendations: Brian Orakpo (No. 98) or Leonard Hankerson (No. 85). But hey, don’t trust my judgment on jerseys.
3. Get rid of it:
You could treat it like the city of Cleveland treated LeBron James’ #23 jerseys after he announced his decision to take his talent to South Beach: burn it in the streets.
Also, if you have friends that are Vikings or Patriots fans, like I do, you can do what the Redskins did with these players: sell it for cheap.
Some charity organizations are welcoming the clothes that will go to those who need them, so feel free to donate it.
So, what are you doing with your Haynesworth or McNabb jersey?
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