For the first time in over thirty years, you’ll see the number seven suit up in the burgundy and gold.
During an appearance on Washington, D.C. sports radio station 106.7 The Fan, former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann revealed a phone call he had recently with fellow QB Dwayne Haskins, the club’s first-round draft pick in 2019.
“I told him it was okay to wear number seven,” Theismann told Haskins, per the radio station’s website. “I’ve given him permission. Not that I feel like I needed to, but he was respectful enough to ask.”
Theismann spent twelve seasons with Washington from 1974 through 1985, winning a Super Bowl and an NFL MVP Award during that time and while his number has never officially been retired by the team, it’s been held out of rotation since he hung up his jersey following the ’85 season.
“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,” Theismann added.
Haskins wore the number seven this past season as starting quarterback for Ohio State, while winning the MVP at the Rose Bowl, being named the Big Ten Player of Year, and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.