Isn't it odd that these Redskins once wore those numbers?
Old number, who dat?
When you think of any Redskin, you think of them wearing the Burgundy and Gold and in a certain number. But for a lot of guys, they broke into the league or worked their way into a role with Washington while wearing different digits before settling on what you recognize them in.
That's what this gallery is going to look at: A handful of current and former 'Skins who once wore numbers that look awkward now. Be prepared to feel weirded out.
On a recent episode of the Redskins Talk podcast, Ryan Kerrigan admitted he hated every second of his short relationship with No. 53 and said he felt like an offensive lineman.
Luckily for him, he only had to wear it briefly in his first offseason with the organization and has made 91 his ever since he picked it up.
Like Kerrigan, Williams changed to his familiar integers (sorry, trying to come up with as many ways to say "number(s)" as possible) quickly after being drafted. But he actually first set foot on practice fields in 72 and not 71.
The truth is, though, no matter what number he rocks — 71, 72, 3.14, infinity — it'll always be fun to watch him turn pass rushers into helpless fodder. Yet 71 does look sharper than his first uniform, doesn't it?
H/T to Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com for first resurfacing an old photo of Williams in 72.
A lot of defenders got used to seeing Chris Thompson's No. 25 in 2017, considering how often the running back was sprinting ahead of the pack in his breakout year.
However, Thompson's early days in D.C. came when he repped No. 37, which — sorry Chris, know it wasn't your choice — just looked gross for a skill player. Fortunately, those days are long behind him.
For Quinton Dunbar, when he changed positions, he also changed numbers.
Before he became a corner, the undrafted Florida product lined up at wide receiver and in No. 17. Add 30 to that, though, and you'll arrive at the 47 he's had since 2015. Shoutout to him for taking Chris Cooley's old jersey and making it work as a defensive back, by the way.
OK, so as of now, it's not difficult to imagine Allen in No. 95 since it's what he donned in his lone, rookie year. But with each passing season in 93, that 95 will look a lot stranger.
And, by the time he's a seven-time Pro Bowler, it'll look as unnatural as Kerrigan did in 53.
Before Sean Taylor made No. 21 one of the most feared numbers in football, he took the field as a rookie in No. 36.
So, while no one has worn 21 since the safety's death in 2007, players like Su'a Cravens and DJ Swearinger have secured 36 as a way to honor the safety.
No. 12 Kirk Cousins was an at times clutch, other times frustrating QB with a propensity for really ugly turnovers.
No. 8 Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, was a passer who set franchise records in D.C. and put himself in position for one of the most unique contracts in NFL history.
Apparently, all he needed to do was change jerseys for his career to take off.
Kendall Fuller was a Redskin for just two seasons, but his standout second campaign came as No. 29, making pictures of him in No. 38 look funky.
Now with the Chiefs, Fuller is switching again, this time to No. 23. Check back again in 2019 to see which pair of digits he settles on next!