Minutes after the Washington Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, legendary quarterback Joe Theismann welcomed him to the club.
Specifically, the Super Bowl champ highlighted the fact that he and Haskins — a former Ohio State quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist — both wear No. 7. And it made fans wonder if Theismann would give Haskins the go-ahead to wear the number for the Burgundy and Gold.
Dwayne, welcome to the family. From one #7 to another.— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) April 26, 2019
Theismann joined Monday’s episode of Redskins Talk with JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler, Pete Hailey and Ben Standig, and our crew asked him if that tweet meant he was giving Haskins permission to be the first player after him to wear No. 7.
“I’m anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that,” Theismann said on Redskins Talk.
“I’m not opposed to it. I’m not saying yes yet, but I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he’s reached out and said he wants to ask me, so as early as I can get back into town and be able to set up an opportunity when he gets into town to be able to sit down and talk to him about it.”
Theismann also noted that he wore other numbers throughout his playing career, but he’s obviously mostly associated with No. 7, which he wore during his 12 seasons in Washington and for the team’s Super Bowl XVII win.
He continued to explain why he wants to get to know Haskins before saying it’s OK for him to wear the number, which has sort of been unofficially retired.
“It’s what’s inside the jersey that makes a big difference,” Theismann said. “I’ve been very honored to have the Washington Redskins not have it issued to anyone over 30-plus years, and this is the first 7 that we’ve had come along, I think.
“So I really wanna sit down and have a visit with him and talk to him about it and then we’ll sort of decide going forward.”
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