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The Story Of My Jersey Number: Zach Ertz

Posted Jan 31, 2018

Well, funny you ask. For many in the Eagles' locker room, their jersey numbers become part of their everyday lives, it becomes their identities. For others? It’s just the way it worked out.

Here's Zach Ertz:

“In high school, I was No. 5. When I was recruited by Stanford my head coach, David Shaw, texted me and said, ‘What number do you want?’ I didn’t care. He said that I reminded him a lot of Todd Heap (former Stanford and NFL tight end) so I was given No. 86 and it’s kind of stuck with me since then. When I was drafted here (in 2014) a tight end named Evan Moore had No. 86, but he was released shortly after the draft and they gave me No. 86. I’m going to be here for my entire career and I’m going to be 86 my entire time in the NFL. That’s my goal.”

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