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Michael Pittman did the right thing by not giving Carson Wentz his No. 11 jersey

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Imagine you’ve made it all the way to the NFL and are living your dream while wearing the number you’ve worn since you were a kid having those dreams.

Then imagine some struggling QB gets traded to your team for a couple of whatever draft picks and asks if he can have your number because that’s the number he has worn during his not-so-great NFL career.

What would you do?

I know what I would do… exactly what Colts WR Michael Pittman did recently when Carson Wentz asked him for his No. 11 – I’d say no deal.

Pittman explained his decision quite simply by saying, “I am number 11.”

It really doesn’t get more easy to understand than that.

He also said Wentz was very respectful while asking for the number and that the two of them are cool.

Pittman did the right thing. Too often QBs will go to a new team and feel like they should just get their number if someone already has it. Sure, some of them have to give something up to get the number, but they still feel like they deserve the number and that’s messed up.

Well, it’s not messed up if someone like Tom Brady asks for his No. 12, which Chris Godwin gave to him, because Brady is the GOAT. Godwin and Brady, of course, then went out and won a Super Bowl together.

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I am cool with other GOATs at other positions getting their number, too, though they should give up some good things for it.

Wentz, however, isn’t the GOAT. He’s coming off a terrible season with the Eagles and is trying to resurrect a career that looked so promising in 2017 but has basically been a mess ever since then. He should be thankful that he can’t wear No. 11 because it feels like he needs a completely new beginning, number included.

Pittman, meanwhile, is coming off a rookie season in which he had 40 catches for 503 yards and touchdown in eight starts. His career is off and running and Wentz will be smart to look for him a lot this season.

I mean, it’s a number he’ll surely recognize.

Quick hits: J.D. Martinez’s hilarious Tom Brady shirt… NBA TopShot explainer… Awesome skiing videos… And more. 

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– Speaking of Brady, he seemed to really like J.D. Martinez’s hilarious Tom Brady shirt.

– My pal Charles Curtis did a great job of explaining everything you need to know about the NBA Top Shot madness.

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– In music news, Daft Punk announced their split with a cryptic, dramatic video.


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