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Tee Higgins is Shedding No. 85, Wants to Make a Name for Himself

The second-year wide receiver is changing numbers.

CINCINNATI — Tee Higgins wears No. 85, but he won't be for much longer. The second-year wide receiver is changing his number to No. 5 next season.

Higgins wore No. 5 during his three seasons at Clemson. Wide receivers are allowed to wear single-digit numbers this season thanks to a new rule change that was passed in the offseason.  

"I'm going back to five," Higgins said. "It's not that big of a deal, but I just felt like Chad (Johnson) has done so much for this organization and I just got a good feeling that his number is gonna get lifted one day and I just want to make a name for myself. I keep seeing on Twitter 'Ochocinco 2.0.' I don't want to be a 2.0. No disrespect to Chad, he's a great receiver, I just don't want to be a 2.0 for myself. I want to be a Tee Higgins 1.0, number five. Just go out there and make a name for myself for this organization."

Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson helped make the No. 85 famous during his decade long run in Cincinnati. He has the most receptions (751), yards (10,783) and touchdowns (66) in Bengals' history. 

Higgins hasn't talked to Johnson about the change. He'll wear 85 for the rest of the season and the number change will become official in 2022. 

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