Joe Theismann 'not opposed' to Dwayne Haskins wearing No. 7

Chris Lingebach
April 29, 2019 - 8:03 pm

Redskins great Joe Theismann is "not opposed" to first-round pick Dwayne Haskins wearing his No. 7 jersey, but wants to sit down and talk with him about it first.

Theismann knew the question would come up. In fact, he pushed it into the public conscious with his tweet to Haskins on draft night.

"I'm anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that," Theismann said on J.P. Finlay's 'Redskins Talk' podcast. "I'm not opposed to it. I'm not saying 'yes' yet.

"But I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he's reached out and said he wants to ask me, so as early as I can get back into town and be able to set up an opportunity when he gets into town to be able to sit down and talk to him about it."

Theismann noted he's worn a number of jersey numbers throughout his life, although it's been No. 7 that's followed him from college into his professional career.

While the Redskins don't retire jersey numbers, it's long been customary for greats in the organization to give their blessing before their number gets reissued.

"It's what's inside the jersey that makes a big difference," Theismann went on to say. "I've been very honored to have the Washington Redskins not have it issued to anyone over 30-plus years."

"This is the first 7 that we've had come along, I think," he said. "I really want to sit down and have a visit with him and talk to him about it, and then we'll sort of decide going forward from there."

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