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Old 08-30-2004   #4
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NFL Uniform numbers are handed out with an actual system, which I kind of think is cool. I donít know of any other pro sport that does this, and it is much better than the randomness of college football. Position(s) Primary/Alternate
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QB, P, K 1-19
RB, DB 20-49
C 50-59/60-79
G, T 60-79
WR 80-89/10-19
TE 80-89
DL (NT,DT,DE) 60-79/90-99
LB 50-59/90-99

If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey number.

Any request to wear a number for a special position not specified
(e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

During the preseason period when rosters are larger, the league allows duplication and other temporary deviations from the numbering scheme specified, but the rule must be adhered to for all players during the regular season and postseason. Clubs must make numbers available to adhere to the rule, even if it requires putting back into circulation a number that has been retired or withheld for other reasons.
The alternate number thing is not new, but the alternates can only be used if the primary numbers in the appropriate are used up.
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