To some, a jersey number is irrelevant.
To others — like defensive lineman Jason Hunter, who today switched from No. 52 to No. 90 — it can bring on special powers.
“I feel solid in 90. I’m excited about that,” Hunter said of the number switch. “I feel some juices — I feel the power running through me. So be looking for some big things from 90.”
Hunter said the desire for a more traditional D-line number prompted the switch but one of his teammates was quick to snatch up the now-vacant No. 52.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard left No. 59 behind and will now wear Hunter’s old uniform number.
“Just a fresh start, that’s all,” Woodyard said. “I always wanted No. 52. I like 52. Besides, one of my favorite linebackers wears 52 — Ray Lewis. But that’s far from why I wanted to change. It’s a new start and I’m ready to get things started this season.”
Woodyard’s decision to grab No. 52 is fine with Hunter, who said he now hopes to receive some credit for the linebacker’s success.
“I’m happy. And I hope that they still think it’s Hunter out there when he’s making plays,” Hunter said. “They can be like ‘Hunter, Hunter’ and give his stats to me.”
“Yeah I plan on getting a lot of stats and running around the field,” Woodyard added with a laugh. “Jason played well in No. 52, hopefully there’s still some good luck in that jersey.”
Below are some pictures from Friday’s practice session.