After the excitement of the Ravens signing Earl Thomas wore off, small questions arose as to what jersey number the new safety would wear? His NFL jersey number with the Seahawks was always 29, which was currently being worn by star-on-the-rise cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
March 14, 2019
After Earl posed the curious emoji on Twitter, Marlon replied with a teasing comment.
I’m innocent https://t.co/0HOMXhDt9O— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) March 14, 2019
But in today’s press conference with John Harbaugh, Mark Ingram and Thomas himself, the All-Pro safety announced that he will continue wearing his number and Humphrey will wear a new number in 2019.
"Me and Marlon worked it out. I'll be wearing 29." @Earl_Thomas pic.twitter.com/nkKXn3V7Fb— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 15, 2019
“Yeah, so, me and Marlon worked it out and he was kind enough to give me 29, so I’ll be wearing 29,” Thomas said. “I don’t know about what number he’s going to choose.
“I might donate to— his mom has a track team so I might throw a little bread that way.”
First look at @Earl_Thomas’ Ravens jersey ‼️— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 15, 2019
Charitable donation coming your way @marlon_humphrey. pic.twitter.com/o0Mjn2xLoO
After the announcement, Humphrey took to twitter and asked the fans what number he should select. Shortly thereafter, Humphrey explained on twitter what the exchange between he and the safety involved. In the tweet, Humphrey explains that he asked Thomas for money but then decided to give the jersey number away and rescinded his earlier request for payment.
I initially asked Earl for money and later that day I realized that’s not who I am. So I texted him and said he can have it. I respect what he has done and accolades in 29. Didn’t want to alter that for a number I’ve accomplished nothing in.— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) March 15, 2019
To the Humphrey fans, the cornerback is going to hook up the first ten fans who send him a photo of them wearing his old jersey number and correctly guessing his new number. So if you haven’t already, send him a quick pick and your best guess!
If you have bought my jersey already send a picture of you in it and a guess what my new number will be and I will send the first 10 people that get it right a jersey.— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) March 15, 2019