Dwayne Haskins wanted to continue wearing No. 7 in the NFL, but he had to ask for permission first.
The Washington Redskins hadn't issued the No. 7 to any player since 1985, when legendary Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a career-ending injury. So the Redskins' first-round draft pick had to talk to Theismann before he could officially request the number from the team.
After talking to Haskins last week, however, Theismann has given the Redskins' new quarterback permission to wear his number, he told D.C. radio station 106.7 The Fan.
"I just got off the phone with Dwayne just a little while ago, and I told him it was okay to wear No. 7," said Theismann. "I've given him permission. Not that I feel like I needed to, but he was respectful enough to ask."
"We had a really nice conversation. It's important to him. And hey, I want the kid to be successful. He doesn't need to worry about, 'Well, I wish I could've worn a different jersey. I wish I could've worn a number.'"
On Friday, the No. 7 was officially issued to Haskins, while his former Ohio State teammate and new Redskins teammate Terry McLaurin received No. 17. McLaurin's number at Ohio State, 83, is currently worn by veteran Redskins receiver Brian Quick.
Rookie Jersey Numbers
07 Dwayne Haskins
13 Kelvin Harmon
17 Terry McLaurin
23 Bryce Love
25 Jimmy Moreland
57 Cole Holcomb
72 Ross Pierschbacher
78 Wes Martin
90 Montez Sweat
95 Jordan Brailford
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 10, 2019
Among Ohio State's other draft picks who have officially received their NFL jersey numbers, San Francisco 49ers first-round pick Nick Bosa will be continuing to wear the same No. 97 that he wore for the Buckeyes.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 30, 2019
Nick's older brother, Joey, is also switching back to No. 97 for the Los Angeles Chargers this season after wearing No. 99 for his first three NFL seasons.
Indianapolis Colts second-round pick Parris Campbell will be wearing a new number in the NFL. His Ohio State number, 21, is not a legal number for wide receivers in the NFL, so he'll be wearing No. 15 in Indianapolis.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) April 30, 2019
Denver Broncos third-round pick Dre'Mont Jones will be wearing No. 93 as a rookie. His number at Ohio State, 86, is not a legal number for defensive linemen in the NFL.
Rookie numbers are here!
As always, these are subject to change. pic.twitter.com/94WynOQqNL
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 9, 2019
Atlanta Falcons fourth-round pick Kendall Sheffield, who became the first of Ohio State's draft picks to officially sign with his new team when he agreed to terms with the Falcons on Thursday, will be wearing No. 20 in Atlanta.
Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round pick Michael Jordan will be wearing No. 60 for his new team, Miami Dolphins sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince will be wearing No. 79 and Dallas Cowboys seventh-round pick Mike Weber will be wearing No. 40.
Undrafted free agent signee Demetrius Knox is wearing No. 63 for the Seattle Seahawks, while Dante Booker is wearing No. 51 for the Arizona Cardinals. Johnnie Dixon is wearing No. 18 and Malcolm Pridgeon is wearing No. 68 for the Houston Texans.