Theismann: Redskins 'left it up to me' to let Haskins wear No. 7


After Redskins legend Joe Theismann gave Dwayne Haskins permission to wear No. 7 for the Redskins, some believed the team still had the authority to keep the number off-limits. 

But according to Theismann himself, the Redskins let him make the final call. 

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"I didn't get forced (to give up the number), the Redskins basically left it up to me," Theismann said during an appearance on ESPN 1100's Cofield & Co. show. "The number's not retired so it's an active number, but no one's worn it in 33 years. And I appreciated what Dan (Snyder) has done over the years of not having anybody wear it."

"I read where Dwayne had wanted to talk to me about it, and I thought that was very respectful. As opposed to saying, 'I want the number.' So I got his number, reached out to him and I said, 'I understand you want to wear No. 7.'"

"He said, 'I'd like to.' And I suggested, I said, 'Why don't you think about, just think about this, take a couple days and think about it: creating your own legacy, instead of just wearing a number that was worn before, have your own.' And he said, 'Ok, I will.'"

Of course, Haskins ultimately decided he wanted to wear No. 7, and Theismann gave the Redskins rookie his blessing. 

"There's enough that he's gonna have to deal with transitioning into professional football without having to worry about whether Joe Theismann gave him permission to wear the number," said Theismann.

Theismann also had some words for Grant & Danny caller Tony on Long Island, who was apoplectic Haskins would be wearing No. 7.

"That fan that called in, thank you. I appreciate it so much," Theismann said. "Even on Twitter I get, 'Don't give up the number, it was nice of you to do that.' I get both sides of it."

"But I'm interested. I'm going to rookie camp this weekend and watch Dwayne work. I want to see it with my own eyes what he looks like."

"It's gonna be interesting for him. And I've tried to tell people in Washington, 'Don't rush it. Don't rush him into it. Give him a chance.'"

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