Joe Theismann has given Dwayne Haskins permission to wear No. 7, the legendary Washington Redskins quartterback said Wednesday on "Grant & Danny".
"I just got off the phone with Dwayne just a little while ago, and I told him it was OK to wear No. 7," Theismann said. "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.'
"If this is one less thing that puts any problems out there or issues out there for him or statements or comments, let's make his life as easy possible, so that we can get the success from him that we're hoping and expecting."
No. 7 has been "protected" by the Redskins since Theismann's career -- during which he led the franchise to a Super Bowl title following the 1982 season and won the MVP award in 1983 -- came to an end with a horrific leg injury in 1985. But it appears Haskins, the first-round pick who wore No. 7 at Ohio State, will now be donning that number for Washington.
"I think he's decided that he wants to do that," Theismann said. "He wanted to make sure it was OK with me to be able to wear the number, and I said yes."
The whole situation doesn't sit right with some Redskins fans. Tony on Long Island called in moments later to scream about it.
"This is why the Redskins are the Redskins," this glorious rant begins. "The numbers should be retired, and it's really not that complicated. You put Joe Theismann, who was a Super Bowl MVP, and the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl for this franchise, where he's got to take a call from a mid-first-round pick asking for his number! That is buffoonery!
"Nobody can call up the New York Yankees and ask them for ... Mickey Mantle's number, because he's Mickey Mantle!"
By Josh Luckenbaugh and Chris Lingebach