The 29-year-old Anderson said he knows just how special this number is to the Bears organization.
“There’s a lot of history behind this number with the Bears, and I’m honored and blessed that they would even consider letting me wear it,” he said.
Colorado School District Allows Cam Newton Jerseys, But No Peyton Manning Jerseys
In one Colorado school district, students can wear Cam Newton’s jersey to class but not Peyton Manning’s No. 18.
The Greeley-Evans School District has banned children from wearing any clothing with the number 18 on it, not just Denver Broncos gear, since 2011. The rule was put in place a year before Manning joined the team because of its association with a local gang.
A few other numbers are also banned for the same reason as well as gang-related tattoos, shaved eyebrows and bandanas.
The Greeley Tribune reports that district officials say they haven’t really had any complaints during the run up to the Super Bowl. Spokeswoman Theresa Myers says people have gotten used to the rule.
Brandon Marshall Racing For Jersey Number With Jets
Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was recently traded from the Bears, won’t just be able to buy his preferred No. 15 jersey from teammate Saalim Hakim, he’ll have to race him for it.
It’s customary for veterans to be able to just purchase numbers, with the going rate of $25,000. But Hakim, the younger brother of former NFL receiver Az Hakim, went undrafted from Palomar College in 2011 and has bounced around before landing with the Jets. Thus, he feels he’s earned his number and isn’t going to give it up easy.
Hakim is a speedster who ran an unofficial 4.23-second 40-yard dash at his pro day. So he said if Marshall can beat him in a 40-yard dash, he can get the number fair and square. If he can’t, he’ll have to pay Hakim $25,000 to get the jersey.
Marshall’s never been known to shy away from anything that will garner publicity, and he has apparently accepted the challenge, per a report.