For this generation of Redskins fans, No. 92 will always hold a special place in our hearts (a dark corner, perhaps?). Maybe it’s because he made you laugh. Maybe it’s because it made you cry. Maybe it’s because every time Albert Haynesworth comes up in conversation, you say some very unbloggable things.
But you’ll never forget him.
The fact is that Redskins Nation is skittish about a Burgundy and Gold No. 92, and it’s going to take some time–and the right person–to move past that.
Meet the new No. 92, Obi Ezeh, undrafted linebacker out of Michigan.
Ezeh is a first-generation American with two Nigerian parents. Growing up, he played any kind of sport, but his favorites were rugby and football. He attributes his work on the rugby field to his success in football.
“You’ve gotta be tough and relentless to play,” he said. ”When I played in high school I was on offense. In football I play defense, but whenever I’m on the rugby field they always want to give me the ball.”
If Ezeh is given the ball on the football field, I’m sure Redskins fans won’t mind either.
Ezeh was added to the roster this morning, and it marked the first time that No. 92 has appeared on a Redskins practice field in quite some time. He knows the reputation of the number and says he didn’t request it, but he’s taking it all in stride. ”They gave it to me and I’m just happy to have a number.”
As it turns out, this is not Ezeh’s first time replacing the number of a famous (or infamous) teammate. In college, he was teammate with current New York Jet linebacker David Harris.
“The funny thing is, at Michigan, when I got there, I was No. 44,” he said. ”As soon as Dave Harris graduated, I became No. 45. I didn’t ask for it, they just gave it to me.”
As of right now, No. 44 is open for the Redskins, but I don’t think Obi cares. He’s got enough else on his mind.
“Right now, I’m just working on learning a whole bunch of new stuff,” he said. ”I’m gonna try to stay healthy and stay out on the field.”
A No. 92 that wants to be on the field, is surely something that fans can get excited about.
“I think I’ll be able to make the number my own,” he said with confidence. ”So right now, it’s still a good thing.”
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