We hear all the time about players offering cash, dinners, or watches for jersey numbers that they want. This offer might be a bit extreme though.
Rodney Harrison was talking to PFT about players being attached to their jersey numbers and he offered this nugget of information:
“[A] guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, ‘No way, I need my number,’” Harrison explained. “It just shows you how superstitious these guys are and how connected they are to their number. But at the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing. Money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, ‘Hey man, I’ll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend.’ Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, ‘Obviously you don’t love your girlfriend that much.’”
I would love to have seen that whole exchange go down on tape. Depending on how the girlfriend looked I’m sure the player that got the offer thought about it for a second before realizing that could be a locker room disaster.
It just shows how far guys are willing to go to keep their superstitions alive. It also tells us that that player probably didn’t end up marrying that woman.