Maurice Jones-Drew wore No. 21 in high school and at UCLA, but when he got to the NFL, an ex-teammate asked for an enormous payment in return for the number, he says.
Jones told the story on SportsCenter this morning (via ProFootballTalk):
“There was a guy by the name of Terry Cousin who had 21 in Jacksonville. I asked him politely, ‘Can you just allow me to have the number? It’s been in my family for a long time.’ He said, ‘For a small price.’ I’m thinking he’s going to say, like, dinner, going to say, like, a couple bucks. He said $200,000 and you can have it,” Jones-Drew recalled.
Jones will finally get to wear No. 21 this year when he suits up for the Raiders.
-- Brendan Maloy