For some schools, jersey numbers don’t mean much.

The No. 23 at one university may mean absolutely nothing. To North Carolina, for example, it means everything.

At Northwestern, the No. 1 jersey is what every football player strives for. In order to get it, you have to earn it. Pat Fitzgerald believes that the No. 1 is not just given away.

Players have to work hard for it. And on Thursday, the No. 1 jersey was awarded ahead of the 2019 season:

You can hear in the video just how much this means for not only senior DB Joe Bergin, but how much it means for the entire team. Bergin took a redshirt year in 2015 and has played for the Wildcats since.

In 2018, Bergin appeared in all 14 games for Northwestern and made 12 total tackles.