Walk through the stands of FedEx Field, and in the sea of Burgundy and Gold, one jersey appears quite often: No. 89. Santana Moss made the jersey famous for the Redskins, and this fall will mark the first time in 10 seasons he will not suit up for Washington.
A 15-year veteran receiver, Moss made many electric plays with the Redskins. Fans loved him, for both his speed, ability and a fun-loving attitude, including his famous first down finger point. He racked up more than 7,500 yards with the 'Skins and 47 touchdowns, none more famous than the pair of long bombs late in a Monday night game at Dallas to give the Redskins a miracle win.
And now he's gone. A stark reminder of life in the NFL, Moss only played in 10 games last season and GM Scot McCloughan made clear he would not be bringing the wideout back when he took over the team earlier this year.
It may seem weird, but there is a new 89 at Redskins Park. Meet Devin Mahina, an undrafted tight end out of BYU.
"I've heard Santana Moss was a great receiver. It is an honor to wear his number," Mahina said after OTAs in Ashburn.
There is a strong chance 89 will go unworn come the regular season, as Mahina's prospects for making the team aren't great. The Redskins are deep at tight end, with Jordan Reed, Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen all basically assured to make the roster. Yet, with Reed working back from a knee injury, Mahina is making the most of the additional reps.
"I know about Santana, what an electrifying receiver he was," Mahina said. "I got other things to worry about. I'm starting from the bottom of the totem pole."
Growing up in California, Mahina didn't get to watch many Redskins games. Asked if it was any additional pressure wearing the number of such a fan favorite, the rookie was very composed.
"I can't live up to other people's expectations. I just got to go out here and do my thing, show that I can play."
And what about all the fans wearing 89 jerseys? Mahina hopes they will root for him now.
"It's all good."