Today, we'll take a little departure from discussions about current and former Green Bay Packers. The Madden NFL video game series is releasing its 25th iteration of the game this year, and many of us have played the games at some point or another. I'm also willing to venture a guess that just about everyone who has played Madden has created themselves in the game at one point or another. Our lunch break question for today is this:
If you were a player for the Green Bay Packers, what number would you wear, and why?
There are a few key variables to consider when answering this question, however. The first is the list of numbers retired by the Packers. We discussed those numbers last week in another lunch break post, but just keep in mind that numbers 3, 14, 15, 66, and 92 are off the table. Let's assume that 1, 4, and 5 are unavailable as well, since they typically are not given out to players on the regular season roster.
The second factor to keep in mind is what position you would be most likely to play. As you well know, the NFL's rulebook governs which numbers can be assigned to players at certain positions. Try to keep a position in mind when deciding what number you would wear, and use the standard numbering conventions shown below:
WR: 10-19, 80-89
TE: 40-49, 80-89
LB: 50-59, 90-99
DL: 50-79, 90-99
Finally, for the purposes of this experiment, let's assume that all numbers currently assigned are available except for two: Aaron Rodgers' #12 and Clay Matthews' #52.
I'll give you my explanation to get things started. Based on my size alone, I would likely be a candidate for either a slot receiver, slot corner, or a kicker. I like to think that I have solid hands and speed, so for the sake of this experiment, I'll say wideout. As such, #16 would be my clear choice, as it has always been my favorite number and would fit within the NFL numbering rules for that position.
What's your number choice?