Fans react to Marquise Brown’s jersey number change
The Baltimore Ravens have seen a few of their players change jersey numbers over the past few days following the NFL easing restrictions on what certain positions can wear. Linebackers Patrick Queen and LJ Fort were two of the Baltimore players to ditch their old numbers for new ones, but it was receiver Marquise Brown who caused the most controversy with her decision to switch.
Brown made the decision to upgrade from No.15 to No.5, which has not been worn by a Ravens player since former Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco donned it during his career decorated with the Ravens. Brown’s jersey change caused a bit of controversy among fans, as some viewed the move as disrespectful to Flacco while others thought it wasn’t a big deal.
A lot of people have been vocal about their thoughts on No.5 and whether Baltimore should have let Brown wear it. For those who think the big picture isn’t a big deal, many think it’s not disrespectful of the team to let someone else wear Flacco’s number. Others have argued that he shouldn’t be on the same breath as other Ravens greats such as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Jonathan Ogden and more, thus settling for No.5 to win.
Why does Marquise Brown go 5 against Flacco? The retired jersey numbers should be made for players who are among the best of all time. Ogden / Lewis / Reed. Otherwise, the list is watered down and the team ends up running out of numbers available. #Ravensflock
– My opinion (@ hickeym6) May 19, 2021
Hollywood Brown takes Flacco’s old issue. This will sound a little strange at first, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. It’s time for Ravens fans to move on. There are a few untouchable numbers in Raven lore and 5 is not one of them. #RavensFlock https://t.co/gNgW3IpEPO
– Around the block – Baltimore Ravens (@ravens_atb) May 20, 2021
All the love and # Re5pect for Flacco .. but a retired number must have Hall of Fame credentials attached to it. He’s 1000% a Ring of Honor guy … but NOT a HOF’er at all! There is no “written rule” on how long an issue should be “put aside” … Hollywood is the next man! pic.twitter.com/lob5PaBJJO
– Fred @ BigPlay (@FredBLBS) May 19, 2021
Joe Flacco does not play for the @Ravens more. It is time to move on. It’s just a number.
– The Hot Kid (@iHateJJRedick) May 19, 2021
The other side of the argument is that since Flacco has done so much for the franchise and also delivered a Super Bowl Championship in Baltimore, his number shouldn’t be worn by any other Raven.
I love you Hollywood, but no one but Flacco should wear # 5 @Primetime_jet
– sami (@SamiDiener) May 20, 2021
– Samuel Njoku (@SamNjokuSports) May 19, 2021
– Zion Walker (@LifeIsGoodZion) May 19, 2021
Unpopular opinion but Flacco should have removed his jersey pic.twitter.com/72LwKnKVlS
– Devin Dubois (@ UncleSauce2) May 19, 2021
Although the Ravens have not officially retired any shirts, there are certain numbers that will never be worn again, such as the No.52 and No.20. Flacco’s No.5 has been widely debated as a number. that could have been added. this list, but in the end the team decided to give it to Brown, who will look to continue the already rich history of the jersey.
Rarely does a player changing numbers cause such controversy. However, the debate over whether to retire the No.5 shirt is one that has strong arguments for both sides. While Flacco has been a mainstay in the quarterback for years in Baltimore and won countless purple and black playoff games, the back half of his career with the Ravens has not been spectacular.
Each side of the debate can argue fair and valid points. It was a little surprising to see the team relinquish Flacco’s No.5 to Brown, but clearly the number means a lot to the wide receiver. He wore it during his days at the University of Oklahoma, but couldn’t keep it during his early years in the NFL due to old jersey restrictions. Just because Brown will be wearing Flacco’s old shirt number on game day doesn’t mean everything the quarterback has done for Baltimore is suddenly out of place. Flacco was the one who made No.5 in the Ravens franchise. Now it’s Brown’s turn to carry on his legacy.