Jim Otto wore "00". He played center for the Raiders from 1960-71 and played in six AFL title games and one Superbowl.
Writer George Plimpton wore #0 when he did his book, Paper Lion. Plimpton was more intellectual than athlete. He wrote several books where he, as a layman, tried out professional sports. I've read most of his books - Bogey Man, about golf, Open Net, about hockey, Shadow Box, about boxing. He never played in real Lions game, but did run a few plays in a pre-season game. Still, he probably doesn't belong in this discussion of jersey numbers.
In fact, this isn't really about jersey numbers in general. I'll save that for another post.
This post is about number one.
What kind of player wears number one? Number one seems to have a special meaning. If you're number one you're the best. I Googled number one. Warren Moon wore number one playing for the Oilers. There were a few others but not as many as I expected.
|Toni Fuller, number one, carrying the ball.|
I noticed Toni's number because I kept seeing it in my photos from Saturday's game against the Mustangs. I saw her on offense. I saw her on defense. She's listed on the roster as defensive back and running back.
I have a few photos of her carrying the ball but I'm not sure whether these were from the line of scrimmage or kick returns.
|When you have the ball you attract hostile attention.|
|This is first of three photos where number one|
has the ball...
|...encounters some opposition...|
|...and goes to the turf stretching for another yard.|
|A key to effective tackling is to hit the runner low. |
Grab the legs and hang on. It is difficult to run the
ball when someone is hanging on to your legs.
|A flying tackle.|
|First of three photos. I wonder if you see this as I do. I'm posting large because I want|
you to see the expression on the runner's face, the concern in her eyes.
|Open field tackling is difficult. Try it sometime. Toni|
doesn't get a clean hit but she does get a hold on the
|And brings her to the turf, hanging on to a foot just to be sure.|