The NFL is changing their restrictions for jersey numbers in the fall of 2021. Tom Brady is not a fan at all, but a few former Kentucky Wildcats are jumping at the opportunity.
Lonnie Johnson picked No. 32 when he was selected by the Houston Texas in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. After recording 117 tackles and seven pass deflections in a dozen starts, the former Kentucky cornerback will switch to No. 1, the same jersey Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon wore for the Oilers.
“It’s an honor just to wear it,” Johnson told Fox-26.
In previous seasons only quarterbacks, kickers and punters were allowed to wear single digits. Defensive backs are now allowed to wear numbers 1-49.
“This has never happened before, as far as it being in the NFL where they allow defensive players to wear the single digit numbers. I wanted to be a part of that first generation,” Johnson said.
OneofOne ? pic.twitter.com/H6IQHm7NJc
— Lonnie Johnson jr. (@Lonnie30johnson) May 4, 2021
He’s not the only ex-Cat switching to single digits. Lynn Bowden recently revealed he’ll be switching to Johnson’s old UK jersey number. After debuting with the Dolphins wearing No. 15, Bowden will rock No. 6 in 2021. The only downside to the change? He’ll have to modify this homemade tattoo: