Earlier this week, the Jets newest quarterback Michael Vick announced via Twitter that he had decided to switch his jersey from No. 8 to No. 1 — the number worn by Jets punter Ryan Quigley. Vick, who wore No. 7 throughout his entire career, reportedly paid Quigley to get the new number.
Earlier this season wide receiver Eric Decker also reportedly paid tight end Jeff Cumberland $25,000 for his No. 87 jersey. In Vick’s situation, though, he did not pay Quigley directly. Instead, according to Darryl Slater of The Star Ledger, Quigley requested that Vick make a $10,000 donation to a couple of charities. The donations will go in Quigley’s name to Teen Angel of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. and to the Boys & Girls Club of New York.
“Most of the time in the NFL, if a veteran requests your number, you work out a financial agreement between the two players,” Quigley said in an announcement. “I was not interested in the money for myself. I wanted to find a way to help some others.”
Vick added: “I looked at the available numbers and I thought I would go with No. 8 for my new start with the Jets. It just didn’t look right. I didn’t feel right. I started talking with Ryan about No. 1. I think it’s great that Ryan was willing to change as long as it was for a good cause. I loved his idea.”