I own eight football jerseys. It seems that no matter which one I wear, I always get at least one comment about them. Whether it’s one of the older ones I wear to work, or one of my newer ones that I’ll wear out and about, someone always feels the need to say something about them to me. When out in public, it’s usually some comment about the team I’m wearing. Either they really like them, or it’s a cacophony of “Your team sucks!”
The people at work however, comment about something else. They comment on the amount of teams that I have a jersey for. All of my college jerseys are for the same team. It’s all about my Ohio State Buckeyes. I have four Ohio State jerseys. My NFL jerseys are a different story.
I also own four NFL jerseys. One of them is a personalized jersey of my favorite NFL team: the Carolina Panthers. I bought it over ten years ago. As much as I love it, I don’t really wear it much anymore. My name and number are starting to fall off (In case you were wondering, that was my subtle way of trying to get one of you to volunteer to buy me a new jersey).
Besides my Panthers jersey, I also have a Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and a Tennessee Titans jersey. All of the people at work are confused by this. They keep asking me why I’m wearing the jerseys of multiple teams. The only thing I’ll tell them is that all of my jerseys have one thing in common. Then, I’ll let them try to figure it out yet. None of them has yet.
I’ll let you in on the secret.
With the exception of my Panthers jersey, which has my name and number on it, all of my other jerseys (both pro and collegiate alike) are Buckeyes. Obviously, all of my Ohio State jerseys are Buckeyes jerseys. My other NFL jerseys are all Buckeyes too. My Titans jersey is Eddie George, a former Buckeye running back (and Heisman Trophy winner). My Colts jersey is Mike Doss, a former Buckeye safety who had a few good seasons in the pros before injuries cut his career short. My Packers jersey is A.J. Hawk, a former Buckeye linebacker who currently mans the middle of Green Bay’s defense (not nearly as well as he did in Columbus, but, then again, he’s playing in a 3-4 defense there, but is better suited in a 4-3 defense like the one he excelled at in college).
So, in conclusion, while my jerseys may be from different teams, they’re all Buckeye jerseys.