QOTD: If You Could Only Choose One Jersey To Wear Ever Again, What Would It Be?

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear — By on April 12, 2013 at 5:54 am

Do the right thing

When I was formatting Jason Clinkscales’ excellent story on the release of the movie 42, based on the story of Jackie Robinson, one thing I wanted to do is make sure that the photos in the article were awesome. These are the things you think about as the editor: “Does that headline make sense?” or “Is this the right photo?” or “Should I use its or it’s?” (If you knew how much cussing out I receive from our senior editor Joe Boland over the misuse of its vs. it’s, you’d think I was his illegitimate bastard child. I love that guy.)

Anyway, one thing that immediately popped into my mind was looking at Jackie Robinson’s actual jersey. Got damn that thing is beautiful. I’m not a Dodger fan, but there’s something beautiful about the Dodger uniform. The cursive blue script, the block red numbers in the front, the simple blue text in the back….I mean, I see how Mookie could rock the #42 jersey while slaving his way up and down the hot streets of Brooklyn carrying hot pizzas while trying to figure out a way to keep Rosie Perez’s fine ass happy.

So it got me to thinking…if I could only choose one, which jersey would I rock for the rest of my dying days? Now mind you, I haven’t rocked an actual jersey for casual wear in over a decade, and I probably wouldn’t wear an actual jersey again unless I was attending a sporting event to support my favorite squad. I’ve narrowed this down to four choices…

THE HOMETOWN CHOICE

Adrian Peterson’s #28, Oklahoma Sooners - I thought for a long time about selecting Derick Strait’s #2 OU jersey or Barry Sanders’ #21 Oklahoma State jersey, but there hasn’t been a more empowering feeling in my life as a Sooners fan then watching #28 rumble up and down the field. If I put this on, it represents home, and even if folks know nothing about the state of Oklahoma, they know about the Oklahoma Sooners…and they know about All Day.

THE HIPSTER CHOICE

Thierry Henry’s #14, Arsenal - There’s something to be said about being able to recognize the person who made you a fan of an entire sport. For me and soccer, Thierry Henry is that guy. Yes, wearing a football kit (jersey for you heathens who know nothing about anything outside ‘Merica) would be the hipster choice here in The States, but this is the guy is the reason I’ll wake up at 7:45am on a Saturday to watch soccer. You’re damn right I’ll wear his jers….kit.

THE HALL OF FAME CHOICE

Gary Payton’s #2, Seattle Supersonics - If we were making this choice based on the first ever jersey I’ve actually owned, then this would be it. Before the Thunder came to Oklahoma City, I was fortunate enough to already be a Sonics fan, and although Shawn Kemp will be my favorite Sonic of all-time, the first jersey I owned was that of Gary Payton. When Gary Payton was named to the 2013 NBA Hall Of Fame class, I was elated and overwhelmed as my boyhood hero was receiving the ultimate honor. It made me think of a gift my Uncle Bill gave me as a 6-year old, a #2 Sonics jersey of some rookie I’d never heard of from Oregon State named Gary Payton. (I think I wore that thing until it fit like a wifebeater.)

THE EASIEST CHOICE EVER

David Justice’s #23, Atlanta Braves - No lie, thinking about this damn near made me tear up. Yes I know, I’m a big softie. However, when I think of my childhood and my love for the Atlanta Braves, it all comes back to my grandfather. Grandpop, as I was accustomed to calling him as a rambunctious kid, would always have on TBS with the Braves on. When the Braves finally made the World Series in 1995, I’d sit with him and watch every game. Now, I’d already long ago adopted David Justice as my favorite player, and when he’d come to the plate I’d nudge my grandpop on his leg to partially show my excitement, and also to make sure he was awake to see my boy Dave do work. It was Game 6, the store was tied 0-0, and we were one win away from bringing home that ‘ship. Then Dave did what needed to be done…

As soon as he hit it, I yelled and ran around my grandparents to the point that I probably gave my Grandma a heart attack, my cousin stopped listening to his Infamous album by Mobb Deep to see what the commotion was, and I’ve never seen my Grandpop that happy in my entire life. I was 12 years old, and I took that moment for granted. I thought I’d be able to see my Atlanta Braves win a few more championships over the next 10+ years, sadly that wouldn’t be the case. I thought I’d be able to see my Grandpop that happy again, and it took until my graduation from college almost 10 years later for him to be that happy again.

So yes, I’ll take that exquisite thing of beauty that is the #23 jersey of David Justice any day of the week. Hopefully, it’ll keep me from shedding a tear for my Grandpop.

So here’s your question of the day, If You Could Only Choose One Jersey To Ever Wear, What Would It Be?

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    17 Comments

  • Just one… damn Ed thats almost impossible to decide, because there are so many players/teams that had an impact in my shaping my love of sports.

    Hometown Heros:
    While there are plenty of guys that I could go with (barry sanders, willie horton, Charles woodson) there is one guy that epitomized the type of person I am and was an “athlete”, and the primary reason why my favorite number became #10
    Denis rodman of the detroit pistons… Yes there were bigger stars on those Bad Boy teams and yes dude lost his mind once he left the Pistons, but Rodman was that energy glue-guy that did all the little things that it took for those championship teams to be successful

    National Flare:
    I dont know what it is about the old school rainbow Houston Astros uniforms that did it for me, maybe because my first pee wee little league team was the Astros and I connected the two but being able to acquire that Nolan Ryan #34 jersey was a great day for me.

    (honorable mention: the Bo Jackson powder blue royals #16)

    Jerseys I liked for random reasons:
    The San Diego Conquestadors ABA home uniforms- it wasnt too special but the fact that I found a jersey that had my first initial Q on it was epic

    Alabama Crimson Tide/Penn State/Southern Cal: Simplistic and to the point. It speaks volumes to have programs who have so much history stick to the basics in a day where you have everyone hopping on the alternate uniform train. Even with PSU adding the names to the uniforms for last year, it wasnt a far stretch from what loyalist have come to love in Happy Valley and it sent a huge message as well.

    Philadelphia phillies 1970s zip up jerseys: who would have thought to put a zipper on a game day jersey but it worked, and for the guy fan with a significant other, nothing is more sexy than coming home to see your girl in that jersey, nothing else and its zipped half-way down #winnning!!!

  • Aaron says:

    Joe Smith University of Maryland

  • J. Tinsley says:

    Screw you for making me think of ONE jersey. I need time to think about this.

  • Preezy Da Kid says:

    I’ll have to go with BK Nets as thats my squad,but all time..fir fashion reason (multiple outfits/etc) I would have to say oakland raiders-nfl,chicago bulls home-nba,L.A. Kings-NHL,St. Louis Cars-MLB..i know I cheated,but thats a hard ass pick lol

  • Chris B says:

    Gotta be the big fella, number 33, Patrick Ewing.

  • dduggs says:

    #22 – Swoopes, the USA jersey

  • Bill Ross says:

    Jordan, #23, Chicago in cursive lettering, Red.

  • Kenny says:

    Gray Iverson Hoyas #3 jersey from sophomore year.

  • Just one, you ask? Willie Mays, #24, New York Giants home whites. With the cap, which will be purchased soon.

    See, I should take a step back here. In the Robinson column (sincerest appreciation for those who read and shared it), I left out some personal connections. Not only do I live in the shadow of the Polo Grounds and the famous Rucker Park, but I also live next to Jackie Robinson Park (which was named suck in the late 70s). When my family moved here in 1997, I always envisioned myself representing with jerseys of both men. Because I’m stunned with the lack of homage to where the Giants used to play, I’m leaning towards giving Harlem love with Mays.

  • imsohideous says:

    It would be tough for me to choose between the white Marcus Allen Raiders jersey or the yellow Eddie Jones #25 jersey.

  • I think I wanna say Mikael Renberg Flyers jersey. Tough call. I rock a Rocket Richard Habs jersey from time to time and that to me is a treasure. Satchel Paige is my all time favorite athlete, but could I pull off a Monarchs jersey? Or an Indians? He never really had a set team. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Boro kit. Pete Maravich neon Hawks. One jersey, really? Just one? It’s gotta be Robinson’s 42. Final answer.

  • DB says:

    It would probably Buck O’Neil’s Kansas City Monarch jersey followed closely by Willie O’Ree’s Bruins jersey and Barkley’s Phoenix Suns jersey (the black alternate).

    Which Henry Arsenal kit would you wear? I still have the redcurrant kit from 2005-2006 and the red and white kit from 2006-2007.

    • DB, I actually had that Barkley jersey. It was only one of two times I was ever the first on the block with new gear. And when you’re an 11 or 12 year old in the projects, wearing an orange or purple t-shirt underneath isn’t being bold, it’s matching impeccably well.

      O’Ree’s would be amazing. BTW, one of the nicest people I’ve ever interacted with. Just a great man.

  • Da Smoking Ace says:

    Sorry, so late for the party but here are my jersey I would where.

    The Hometown Choice – Steve McNair No. 9 1993 Alcorn State Braves jersey – I watched him play and plus he represented that school at that time like no other.

    The Hipster Choice – Either Dale Murphy 9 powder blue Atlanta Braves jersey or Shawon Dunston No. 12 Cubs Home jersey- Via TBS and WGN later on made me a fan of both. Plus how can you forget the Shawn-O-Meter at Wrigley.

    Hall of Fame Choice – Simple, Walter Payton No. 34 Chicago jersey.

    Easiest Choice – Dan Marino 1988-1992 White Miami Dolphin jersey with the outlined number- I just thought this was the coolest thing back in day. http://s.ecrater.com/stores/20878/4f124e864330b_20878n.jpg

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