In a 1950s nod to Shakespeare Jonah Williams Jersey , Peter O’Toole said, “A rose by any other name would whither and die.” in the film, 'My Favorite Year.' The original quote comes from 'Romeo and Juliet' when she says "What’s in name? that which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet." But you get the gist. The same rings true of proper jersey numbers. It’s not a hard rule. Michael Jordan did fine when he wore the number 45 he wore in minor-league baseball, when he paid tribute to that time in his life, in his return to Chicago Bulls. Joe Montana was more than respectable with no. 19 for the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of a career he spent mostly with the San Francisco 49ers as no. 16. Tom Brady wore no. 10 at Michigan, and Peyton Manning was no. 16 for Tennessee. But generally speaking, the idea of Jordan as anything but no. 23, Brady as anything but no. 12, or Manning as anything other than no. 18 doesn't seem right.By modern-day rules, NFL jersey numbers 76 and above are delegated to offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers Drew Sample Jersey , tight ends and wide receivers. But if you go back far enough you can find offensive and defensive backs who also wore the high numbers. You can also find kickers, but at that point you’re going back to an era when kickers doubled as position players anyway. The modern number restrictions have been in use since 1973 with some modification since.In the early days of the NFL, rosters hovered around 22 players and it was rare to see a player wear a number higher than 25. So there aren’t too many people from the pre 1970-merger era to wear the big numbers, but there are some that made the list.Only in football do you see lots of big numbers. There aren’t a lot of baseball or basketball players that wear numbers above 55. And in football, big numbers go together with big people. If it weren’t for lanky receivers you might think that the numbers also relate to shirt size. Former college-football announcer Keith Jackson used to refer to linemen as the big uglies. They make up the people that wear numbers in the 70s and 90s. In between you have the pass catchers.Here’s the 24 that represent the best players to wear numbers 76 and higher:
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Diego Padres will put a franchise-record streak on the line with an overworked bullpen Sunday afternoon when they wrap up a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
The Padres will be looking to split the series in a game matching rookie right-handers Eric Lauer (3-4, 5.47 ERA) of the Padres against Dereck Rodriguez (2-1, 4.56) of the Giants.
Lauer has pitched well in his last two starts, allowing three runs in 11 2/3 innings, but he has failed to pitch into the seventh inning in either, which could become an issue Sunday.
The Padres were forced to turn Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Giants into a bullpen affair after scheduled starter Jordan Lyles experienced tightness in his right forearm during warmups.
Five regular members of the bullpen, including emergency starter Matt Strahm Germaine Pratt Jersey , combined to throw 133 pitches, one day after Padres manager Andy Green used five relievers, including two of the same guys, to secure a 6-2 victory.
Green admitted the rotating-relievers thing, which included using three in the same inning Friday night for the first time this season, has been a bit dizzying.
“It’s more a matchup thing,” he explained of his three trips to the mound in the same inning. “It didn’t necessarily work. We ended up giving up a run. I liked the way it played up to that point.”
By allowing three, two and five runs in the first three games of the series, the Padres extended their streak of allowing five or fewer runs on the road to 13 consecutive games.
Lauer worked five innings in an earlier start against the Giants this season, allowing three runs. He did not get a decision in a game in which Green went to the bullpen four times.
The 23-year-old survived a shaky start in the April 30 outing, allowing a single to Gorkys Hernandez Ryan Finley Jersey , a triple to Andrew McCutchen and a double to Buster Posey in the first three batters.
It was his only previous matchup with the Giants.
The Giants, meanwhile, have struggled out of the bullpen in the series after Mark Melancon came on to complete Madison Bumgarner’s shutout with a scoreless ninth in Thursday’s 3-0 victory.
San Francisco relievers have allowing five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings in the last two games, and have proved especially vulnerable in the ninth inning, giving up three insurance runs that padded San Diego’s 6-2 victory Friday, and letting the Padres back in the game with two runs in Saturday’s 5-3 outcome.
The Giants are playing the series — and at least the next month — without closer Hunter Strickland, who broke a finger on his pitching hand earlier in the week.
Rodriguez will try to give the Giants’ bullpen a break in the series finale. But like Lauer, he has failed to give his club depth in his starts this season, averaging 4 2/3 innings in his five outings.
He has posted a win and a no-decision in his last two starts despite allowing five runs and 14 hits in 11 2/3 innings. Rodriguez has never faced the Padres.