Dwayne Haskins wanted to wear his favorite number at the NFL level, but he knew he needed to take the proper steps to get the opportunity. So he picked up the phone and called Joe Theismann to ask about No. 7.
On Wednesday, Theismann, a Washington Redskins legend, told the Grant & Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan that he has given his blessing to Haskins to wear the No. 7 jersey, after receiving a call from the first-round draft pick. That jersey number hasn’t been worn by a Redskins player since Thiesmann retired in 1985.
“I just got off the phone with Dwayne just a little while ago, and I told him it was OK to wear No. 7,” Theismann said. “I’ve given him permission. Not that I feel like I needed to, but he was respectful enough to ask.
“We had a really nice conversation. It’s important to him. And hey, I want the kid to be successful. He doesn’t need to worry about, ‘Well, I wish I could’ve worn a different jersey. I wish I could’ve worn a number.'”
Now that Haskins has Theismann’s blessing to wear No. 7, the franchise will make the decision whether or not its newest quarterback will be allowed to sport the number on his jersey. But if Theismann is OK with it, it’s hard to believe the Redskins won’t allow Haskins to wear the number.
Jersey numbers can have an important, sentimental value to players, current and retired. It’s cool that Haskins was willing to ask permission to wear his favorite number in the NFL and even better that Theismann has no problem with seeing another No. 7 on the field in Washington again.