Some professional athletes are really attached to their numbers, and it appears as though Darrelle Revis is one of them.
As Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch reported, "A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron to give up No. 24 was—get this—$50,000."
It seems like keeping this jersey number is quite important to the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback.
At least this will count as a business expense on his taxes, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell:
Darrelle Revis can claim a tax deduction on the $50K he paid Mark Barron for #24. Business expense, per @sportstaxman.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 18, 2013
While he has yet to step on the field, he is already making his mark with the rest of the roster by buying the jersey from Barron, a second-year safety. The young player will now take No. 23 next season.
Interestingly, Revis has only worn No. 24 throughout his NFL career. While with the University of Pittsburgh, he wore No. 25 while becoming one of the top defensive players in the country.
This practice of buying a number from a teammate is nothing new, although the numbers have certainly increased over the years.
Is it worth paying a teammate for a number?
One notable instance of this sort was when Clinton Portis offered to pay Ifeanyi Ohalete $40,000 to have No. 26 with the Washington Redskins. Ohalete took Portis to court after accusing him of not paying it all, according to Lee Jenkins of The New York Times.
Still, players have their right to choose what they want to do with their money after deciding what is truly important to them. If they want to spend the price of a new car on a number, they have that option.
They just better hope they do not change teams again anytime soon.
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