Tee Higgins still plans to change his number from 85 to 5, but it’ll have to wait until next season.
The third-year wide receiver would’ve had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars buying out the NFL’s supply of Higgins No. 85 jerseys.
Rather than spend the money now to get the number he wants, he’ll make the switch in 2023. “That [money] could go toward a new Rolls Royce or a house in Texas,” Higgins joked.
The 23-year-old had 74 receptions for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns last season. He’s established himself as one of the best young wide receivers in the league.
He made the decision to go back to No. 5, the same number he wore in college, last September. “I’m going back to five,” Higgins said at the time.
“It’s not that big of a deal, but I just felt like Chad (Johnson) has done so much for this organization and I just got a good feeling that his number is gonna get lifted one day and I just want to make a name for myself. I keep seeing on Twitter ‘Ochocinco 2.0.’
I don’t want to be a 2.0. No disrespect to Chad, he’s a great receiver, I just don’t want to be a 2.0 for myself. I want to be a Tee Higgins 1.0, number five. Just go out there and make a name for myself for this organization.”