Before I even get into the previous number purchase, let’s give a shout out to Kayvon Thibodeaux and Graham Gano for working out a deal where Thibodeaux will be paying $50,000 to Graham Gano, which Gano will then be donating to the Puppies Behind Bars Charity which provides service dogs to wounded warrior veterans and benefits explosive-detection canines. All class from Gano and Thibodeaux, now back to the previous purchase.
When Eli Manning arrived in New York, he was set to be the Giants next Franchise Quarterback. He was the number 1 overall pick in the draft, he came from the first family of football, and was playing in the biggest market in the league….but there was 1 problem. Eli Manning’s number 10 that he wore in college was already being worn by veteran punter Jeff Feagles, and Feagles was not going to make it easy for Manning to get it. Manning had to pay for the vet punters family vacation in Florida in order to get the number, and that Manning did. Now Imagine Feagles refused to give Eli the number. Can you imagine an alternate universe where Manning didn’t wear 10? Imagine Eli took his dads number and rocked number 18 while wearing blue? I don’t know how that would have affected the juju of Manning’s career, but I’m just glad Easy E was able to wear 2 rings rocking number 10.
Number purchases are one of the funnier things in sports. Grown ass men are paying what many people don’t even make in a year in order to wear a certain number on their back. I mean besides the Manning purchase, Jeff Feagles was also able to get an outside BBQ set out of Plaxico Burress so Burress could take Feagles number 17. Despite the craziness of it all, anyone who ever has played sports knows how important the number they wear is to certain people.
Let’s just hope Kayvon Thibodueax has as much success wearing number 5 as Eli did wearing number 10.