Isaiah Simmons is the latest Arizona Cardinals member to join the single-digit club.
The Arizona Cardinals announced on the team’s official Facebook page on Tuesday that linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Clemson’s 2020 first-round pick, is getting a new number on his jersey.
That’s right, the revolution continues with single-digit digits ripping off faster than a prickly pear margarita on a Friday night.
Simmons goes from the rarely used No. 48 on his Cardinals uniform to the lonely No. 9. Unfortunately, for Arizona fans who purchased the # 48 jerseys, this change does not qualify for the NFL Jersey Assurance program, as Simmons stayed on the same team but changed numbers.
Isaiah Simmons is now one of seven Arizona Cardinals with a single-digit jersey number
So what prompted Simmons to change his uniform number? Well, that was probably the fact that he wore No.11 in college, but both 10 (DeAndre Hopkins) and 11 (Larry Fitzgerald) are basically off limits at this point.
Simmons joins Kyler Murray (No.1), Chase Edmonds (No.2), Budda Baker (No.3), Andy Lee (No.4), James Conner (No.6) and Byron Murphy (No.7) in the single-digit club this year. The only jersey number banned is number 8 from Larry Wilson, who retired and has been in the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor for years.
Simmons started with the No.48 jersey last season, and he was the first notable Arizona player to wear that number since Nathan Hodel, a long snapper who was on the Cardinals’ Super Bowl XLIII squad. , wore it from 2002 to 2008.
Arizona’s new linebacker number doesn’t have good memories either. The No.9 jersey was last worn by Sam Bradford in 2018, and the only other notable Cardinals player to ever wear the No.9 on their uniform is Jim McMahon when he spent the 1994 season in the desert.
At this point, this trend is here to stay. It matches what happens at the college level, and after playing soccer myself you get attached to a number after awhile. When your last name is on the back, there’s nothing like seeing your swimsuit under the lights.
Hopefully Simmons is used on the pitch at least nine more times next season than he was in 2020.