The NFL's Aaron Hernandez guns for jerseys program got me thinking about the jersey phenomenon. Fans do love to wear their official jerseys to the game, but of course most of us don't the ways and means to replace that $120 shirt every time a player gets cut so we just keep wearing that jersey of the 1st round bust. We covered etiquette here
but because my brain tends to lean towards the wildly inappropriate, I started thinking about the worst possible jersey for each team. The one that you have to replace because wearing it will get you beaten up by your fellow fans.
I decided to do this off of the top of my head, no google, no pfr. Partly because I'll forget someone really obvious or screw up a number so it encourages participation and gives you, the loyal FP viewer, the opportunity to call me an idiot. But mostly it's just because I'm lazy.
So here are the Worst Jersey candidates for each team
Patriots - Hernandez 81, Hernandez 85 (he wore 85 as a rookie before Ochocinco)
Jets - Vernon Gholston (90??), honorable mention: Mark Sanchez 6 (just a matter of time)
Bills - Rob Johnson (12??), Aaron Maybin (90??)
Dolphins - Ted Ginn 19
Ravens - Elvis Grbac 18
Bengals - Stanley Wilson 32, Ki-Jana Carter 32
Browns - Tim Couch 2
Steelers - Gabe Rivera (??), Tim Worley 38
Colts - Art Schlichter 10, Curtis Painter 7
Titans - Pacman Jones 32
Texans - David Carr 8
Jaguars - Matt Jones 18
Raiders - JaMarcus Russell 2, Todd Marinovich 12
Chiefs - Todd Blackledge (14??)
Broncos - ?????
Chargers - Ryan Leaf 16, Eli Manning 10
Cowboys - Quincy Carter 2, Jackie Smith 80
Redskins - Albert Haynesworth 92
Eagles - Mike Mamula ??
Giants - Joe Pisarcik ??, Ron Dayne 33
Bears - Cade McCown 12, Curtis Enis (32?), David Terrell (17?)
Packers - Tony Mandrich ??
Vikings - Troy Williamson 18
Lions - Charles Rogers 80, Dan Orlovsky (12?)
Falcons - Andre Bruce (99??)
Panthers - Rae Carruth (89?), Tim Biakabatuka ??
Saints - Billy Joe Hobert ??
Buccaneers - Steve Spurrier (12?), Bo Jackson 34
Cardinals - Matt Leinart 11
49ers - Jim Druckenmiller (?? did he ever have a number, or even a jersey?), O.J. Simpson 32
Seahawks - Rick Mirer (2?), Dan McGwire
Rams - Lawrence Phillips (32?), Joe Namath 12