The Steelers new wide receiver Chase Claypool posted a graphic on his Twitter account announcing his new number with in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ top draft choice will be wearing number 11 for the upcoming NFL season.
While many believed Claypool would stick with his number 83 which he wore in college at Notre Dame, Claypool’s graphic showed him wearing number 11 in a variety of Steelers jerseys. Ironically, Claypool’s profile picture for Twitter already showed him wearing number 83 in a Steelers’ uniform. Between the time in which Claypool had hoped to keep his number 83 and the announcement of his actual number, something changed to where the Steelers rookie will now wear number 11.
Last season, tight end Zach Gentry played the preseason as number 83 only to have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ask him to pick a different number out of respect for his former teammate tight and Heath Miller. Ultimately, Gentry went with 81. Whether or not Rothlisberger had any say in Claypool’s number choice has yet to be determined. But with 83 being available and Claypool seeming to desire the jersey, it seems odd the 6’ 4” decided on the number 11 instead.
While some fans may have flashbacks from 2019 and the drops which came forth by former Steelers’ receiver Donte Moncrief, Claypool will hopefully make fans soon forget about the past and look towards the Steelers future at the position.
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