April 7th, 2014 at 4:44 PM ^

... Not sure if serious...

He didn't actually ask him if he could wear it and get approval, at least not in a meaningful way that actually gets him the number.  Hoke gives out the numbers.


April 7th, 2014 at 4:43 PM ^

Hoke had previously said that when Vincent Smith graduated, they were going to give the #2 jersey the same status as the #1, but for DBs.  I have to imagine #2 will carry a ledgends patch in the not to distant future either.  That said, I was under the impression Peppers wanted to keep #5 for himself, and make it his own.


April 7th, 2014 at 5:11 PM ^

I seem to recall that Peppers said in an interview a few months ago that he wouldn't necessarily turn down the #2 jersey if offered, but I've also heard what you mentioned - that he wanted to keep #5 and make that his own number.

I will say, however, that I definitely would not mind another #2 All-American (we've had two - Woodson was one, of course), but we've never had one that wore #5, I think - he really could make a legacy by being the first. Either way, glad to have him coming to Ann Arbor. 


April 7th, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

How tall is Peppers?  That picture makes him look like he's more along the lines of 5-10' or 5'11" rather than the 6'+ I was under the impression he was.  Woodson is listed at 6'1", correct?


April 7th, 2014 at 5:18 PM ^

Singling out a player by giving him a legendary numer.  It is a distractions for kids and not entirely consistent with Bo's "the Team" mantra.  I would rather give kids the helmet decals we used to give for making plays on the field.


April 7th, 2014 at 5:39 PM ^

having ceremonies honoring them.  I am not in favor of singling out a player by giving him a special number.  

Only one DB can have #2.  What does Blake think about it? Or Lewis?  No matter how well they play, they will never wear #2.  I think it affects team unity.

Wolverine Devotee

April 7th, 2014 at 5:54 PM ^

Give him #2 right off the bat.

The whole "you have to earn it" junk started with Lloyd and Braylon. Prior to that, they just gave out the #1 jersey. The play of guys like Carter, McMurtry, Alexander and Terrell just happened to make the number a big deal.

Now it's pretty safe to say we won't see #1 for a long time. #21 is the receivers legends number. #1 has been pretty much retired by Braylon.

the Glove

April 7th, 2014 at 8:00 PM ^

I'd rather somebody where the number than not and especially somebody with his talent. Now I just wish somebody would wear the number 1 jersey. It seems like a lifetime since that's happened.


April 8th, 2014 at 2:10 AM ^

Let's just let this kid get on campus and have a chance to play football before everyone says how great he will be and if he deserves the #2. Kids still in high school..