Former New England Patriots player Rodney Harrison revealed recently that at one point during his career, a teammate offered the safety sex with his girlfriend in exchange for a jersey number.
Now we know pro football players can become quite attached to their numbers but surely this is a step too far even for a group not often cited for their moral values.
Speaking to Pro Football Talk, Harrison was busy discussing the lengths certain players would go to in order to keep their precious digits on the back of their jersey:
"A guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, 'No way, I need my number.' It just shows you how superstitious these guys are and how connected they are to their number," explained Harrison.
Nothing too unusual there. As recently as this NFL offseason for instance Michael Vick donated over $10,000 to charity in order to get the number seven at his new home, the Philadelphia Eagles.
"At the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing, money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, 'Hey man, I'll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend."
Yes you read that correctly. Some players will really stoop that low in fear of breaking with tradition. Fortunately Harrison wasn't willing to take his teammate up on the offer even if athletes are amongst the most suspicious groups out there:
"Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, 'Obviously you don't love your girlfriend that much."
Harrison did not divulge just who was to blame for the outrageous offer, but we do know that he came from within the San Diego Chargers ranks.
The safety began his career with the Chargers in 1994 and played there until 2002 so that leaves a lot of suspects for NFL fans to wonder about.
Harrison himself is of course well known for wearing the number 37 jersey, a choice which clearly worked out well for the Western Illinois alum.
The safety went on to win two Super Bowls with the Patriots as well as making two Pro Bowls during a career which included 1,205 tackles.
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