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Atogwe won't take No. 21

Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:19 pm
O. Atogwe will not take S. Taylor's No. 21 Washington jersey (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

New Redskins FS O.J. Atogwe – who signed a five-year, $26 million deal with Washington on Thursday – already has begun to ingratiate himself with his new fans.

Atogwe, while in St. Louis, wore No. 21, and normally, star players who are with a new team will do whatever it takes to make sure they secure the same numbered jersey at their new stop (mostly, this is accomplished through cash or other bribes with the player who already happens to be wearing that jersey number).

In Washington, though, No. 21 is sacred. That was the number worn by FS Sean Taylor – tragically gunned down by intruders inside his home in 2007 – and it hasn’t been issued by the Redskins since.

Atogwe, though, will not try to take that number. In a tweet this morning, Atogwe wrote, “With all due respect, I will not be rocking nor even asking to rock 21.”

In response, NBC Washington brings up an interesting question: will anybody ever wear No. 21 for the Redskins? The organization doesn’t retire jersey numbers, but it looks like Taylor’s jersey is unofficially retired, the same way Mike Webster’s No. 52 is unofficially retired with the Steelers.

Which, I think, is a pretty cool tribute. And it’s doubly cool that Atogwe understands and appreciates that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:09 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:59 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:13 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

Oh don't worry, all those Championship banners LT hung should be honor enough.

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:10 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

No, I still don't.  Why not make the leap and talk about hockey or baseball 21s then?  I sure hope no Brave wears 21, that was Warren Spahn's number!  They are completely different conversations.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:24 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

21 rarely brings to mind running backs anymore.  LT was great, and should end up in the Hall, but I think it's a stretch to assume everyone thinks about LT automatically.  Just in his era its easy to compare him with Preist Holmes, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, Larry Johnson, Curtis Martin, just to name a few.  Maybe not quite the name recognition with some of them, but they all had stellar years during LT's era.  I realize as a SD fan, he is right up there with Fouts, Lance Alworth and Kellen Winslow as all time greats, and he's the 8th best back yardage wise in the NFL, but I think you could put many backs right there with him.  I think the bigger question was, what the hell do your comments about him and Bob Sanders have to do with this article?  It's about a player aquired by the Redskins paying homage to a fallen Redskin by not wearing his #21.  And Sean Taylor may have been on course to become the greatest safety of a generation, so it's not just a no name guy, either. 

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:31 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

I for one also hope Bob Sanders gets it and does not wear the number 21 while on IR all season for SD.  WTF does this have to with Taylor/Atogwe?

Because of the Number 21...

L.T.'s number. Sean Taylor was a good safety that was shot in his home. L.T. is a HOF RB in an era where we may not see another, or they'll have to lower the standard.

See how there can be similar situations that exist in the world...

Get it?

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:27 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

Im guessing some people cant read since they started talking about LT and Bob Sanders.

I'm guessing you were refering to yourself.

When one sees 21 it is L.T. in this era...

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:25 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

I am a Chargers fan and I could care less if Bob Sanders wears 21 or not, L.T. is not a charger anymore, and he is still playing, so there is no way the Chargers are gonna celebrate a Jets player by retiring his number on their team. Bob probably will look to change his number in his new setting though.

Don't kid yourself, you aren't much of a Charger fan if you believe that nonsense.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:23 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

Hard to believe Sanders would go to an arch-rival like that. He just seemed like one of the players who wouldn't. The chargers have been arguably the colts toughest matchup in the playoffs during the manning era.

During the season too.

Its not hard to belive what sanders did.i wouldn't of been suprised if he signed with the jags, texans or the titans. any player that gets cut by his old team wants to play against them and show them this is why you shouldn't of cut me.  and if he wears the number 21 who cares it was his number at indy. L.T. was great for the chargers but his number isn't retired and we dont know ifhis number will ever get retired, and its different from Atogwe. L.T. is still living and playing taylor is gone and will never play another down in his life.

And as much as Sean Taylor meant to the Redskins by his death, he was not, nor would he ever have been the great player that L.T. is and was.

L.T. is a HOF player.

The reason Ryan Matthews doesn't wear #21 even though that was his number because he wanted to be like L.T.
L.T. is to RB what Montana and Rice are to QB and WR.

There must not be a lot of heart or pride in the S.F. fanbase these days.

It's called honor son, ask your Dad, or maybe your grandfather about it.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:23 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

i agree with Thunder truely classy act

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