Things are going to look a little different in Green Bay when Week 1 of the NFL season rolls around — the Packers might have new uniform numbers.
What, is there something else that is going to be different?
Aaron Rodgers departing (eventually, probably) is going to be the most significant change the Packers franchise has experienced since Brett Favre left. The team belongs to Jordan Love now, who can hopefully follow in hallowed footsteps and give fans in Green Bay a trifecta of great quarterbacks and an embarrassment of riches at the most important position on the field.
That’s a narrative we’ll have to wait until September to see play out, but there’s another bit of change that might come before that. On a much less significant scale in comparison, fans might see a new uniform number lurking around the defense next season.
For the first time, the NFL has approved the use of the No. 0 on uniforms and Packers players are already jumping on board to bring Agent Zero to Green Bay.
Packers News: Adrian Amos teases uniform number change for 2023 season
Unlike College Football, the NFL restricted certain jersey numbers based on positional groups. This is why you never saw a quarterback wearing a number higher than 19, nor a wide receiver wear a number that wasn’t in the 80s.
That changed last year, and we saw plenty of players take advantage of the ability to wear any number 1-99 regardless of position. The rule was amended again at this year’s NFL Owner’s Meeting to allow players wear the No. 0, something that hasn’t happened in the league for a very long time.
“The amended rule allows quarterbacks to choose from numbers 0-19; defensive backs 0-49; fullbacks, tight ends, halfbacks and wide receivers 0-49 and 80-89; linebackers 0-59 and 90-99. Offensive linemen remain relegated to 50-79, while defensive linemen can wear 50-79 and 90-99,”NFL.com reported.
Adrian Amos wasted no time in teasing a number change on Twitter.
Teammates Rasul Douglas and Keisian Nixon both jumped in to support this potential number change and get on board with Agent Zero becoming part of legendary Lambeau lore. Nixon might be trying to call dibs on the number himself, but either way it seems like a uniform number change is in the near future for at least one Packers player.
Players were allowed to wear No. 0 and No. 00 before 1973 but the league dropped that for the ensuing 43 years. If both Nixon and Amos want to wear the number, maybe they should petition the league to change the rule again to allow for the double-zero to be worn.
Not or nothing, but working in James Bond references for Double-0 agents on defense could be pretty catchy.
For anyone wondering, there haven’t been any Green Bay Packers players in the history of the franchise to have worn No. 0 or No. 00. That makes whether it’s Nixon or Amos who gets to wear it a bit more interesting as they’d become both the answer to a trivia question and the first player in Packers history to wear the number.
A franchise that’s been around as long as the Packers have — and successfully at that — it’s hard to find things to be first at.