Charles Woodson is an NFL legend, and is probably used to getting his way by now.
So when he signed with the Oakland Raiders after a long and successful career with the Green Bay Packers, he most likely expected to be able to have any uniform number of his choosing.
Unfortunately, his coveted No. 24 was already taken by another newcomer, Tracy Porter.
So, for a month or two, Woodson was without a number, and wore a blank jersey during practices with his new team.
“Just call me Blankman,” Woodson told the San Francisco Chronicle in May. “I can’t find a number … 24 wasn’t waiting for me at my locker when I got here. I guess I’ll have to negotiate.”
Well now, it appears that Porter has relinquished No. 24 to Woodson, but doesn’t sound too happy about it:
Hmmm….”taken” from him?
Porter clarified a little bit in another tweet:
Sounds like there may be more to this seemingly innocuous story about a teammate giving up a uniform number to a future Hall of Famer, which should be the right thing to do.