Chicago Bears 2014 Uniform Number Changes

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  1. DaTreeBears

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    Singletary was on the bench not playing and beat out by piss poor player to boot. So who would have guessed he would of have become HoF?
     
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    Ratliff? He's a stud or maybe a beast. That what Allen called him. Believe it. The guy was a 4 time Pro Bowler before his injury.
     
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    What's the big deal with McClellin wearing #50? It may bring him good luck. Hell James Anderson wore it last year and didn't exactly do it proud. I'd rather see on of our guys with it on and I wouldn't count on Shea being gone anytime soon. That kid is working his ass off right now getting ready to make that transition to LB and he's running a 4.5 forty right now. That damn fast for anyone who weighs 250lbs.

    We're done retiring numbers. Halas retired to many early on so many of the '80s Bears won't get that honor due to the NFL rules that govern the numbers at certain positions players can wear. He was wearing #99 before and Houston has it now. Hampton's number is just as deserving and should be retired too but it won't be. Rather than to take the number away let's see these guys do justice to the legends that wore it before them.
     
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    I have to agree with both of you. I suppose you never know. Shea may do the number proud and if he plays well, it would be a great thing for our beloved Bears.

    As for the position-specific numbers, In my opinion it's time for the NFL to do away with that antiquated rule. IIRC it was done when the NFL was still trying to gain more popularity to make it easier for the casual fan to identify player positions on the field. Nowadays fans know as much about the sport as the average coach and can identify a player by where he's lined up on the field. College Football does just fine without a numbering system.

    Here's a good yet older article on the subject:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/060525

    And this one too:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/17/sports/football/17nfl.html?_r=0
     
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    Isn't going to the Hall of Fame reward enough? 3 digit numbers on jerseys would look ridiculous!
     
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    I have to disgree. The average fan does not know as much as the average pro football coach. A pro football coach would make your head spin with all the intricacies involved in the sport.
     
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    It was hyperbole.

    I was trying to illustrate that the fans nowadays are extremely knowledgeable
     
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    First of all, I have been in the tiny minority regarding this topic, and I "get it" most don't agree with me. No problem.

    Maybe I'm different because to me, being a HoF player is the ultimate achievement in the NFL. I guess it's a "bigger deal" than for most fans. To me, you honor these men beyond just that day they are inducted into the Hall. Regarding the 3 digit numbers, sure, it would look different at first, because we are not used to seeing it. Kind of like when we went from leather helmets to modern era helmets - it "looked funny" at first to us. But times change and the game evolves or dies.
     
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    I don't know...I think having your bust permanently in the Hall of Fame which is visited by tens of thousands of people yearly, having that yellow jacket and being remembered as one of the best ever is reward enough. As it is people will always remember what you did in the uniform. I think having a ring of honor, or a memorial set up somewhere is the way to go.
     
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    The fact remains that he did. And IMHO, you honor that achievement. Could Shea do it too? Sure. If he has his own number, and becomes a Hall of Fame player, then retire that one too. I doubt that he will, but hey, J'Marcus Webb could still be a Hall of Famer for another team and I could win the Lotto. But it's probably not going to happen. Iron Mike DID make it happen. That's not conjecture, it's Chicago Bears history. He made it into the HoF as one of "The Great Ones" for the Bears. Man, you never forget what these men did for our team. One way to do that is to retire their jersey. Again, I "get it" that most don't agree with me, and that's fine.
     

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