Wearing the No. 1 jersey means something at Northwestern. Each year, the coaching staff selects one player who “embodies and represents the Northwestern Wildcats all the time,” to wear that special number.

On Friday, head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced who earned the right to wear that No. 1 jersey.

This year, Fitzgerald presented senior running back Jesse Brown with the No. 1 jersey. Northwestern’s social media account shared the video:

Brown has appeared in 17 career games with the Wildcats and has taken 30 carries for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last season, the running back played in 4 games with 21 touches for 127 yards. He also caught a pass for 23 yards.

Wearing the No. 1 jersey is a special honor for anyone in the Northwestern program. Brown hopes to represent it well.

“I will fight as hard as I can to represent this jersey, to represent y’all today and throughout this entire season,” Brown said.

Northwestern is scheduled to open the 2020 season at home against Maryland on Oct. 24.