Oshiomogho Atogwe wore No. 21 on his jersey for six seasons with the St. Louis Rams and before that for Stanford University. The Redskins’ new free safety will discontinue that tradition, though, because the late Sean Taylor wore the number.
“I was a fan of Sean Taylor’s, so it was the only respectable thing to do,” Atogwe said over dinner last week. “I never even considered it.”
While I was with Atogwe reporting for the profile that ran in Wednesday’s paper, I asked him a couple of times what number he would choose to wear instead for his new team. He wouldn’t say, only hinting that he had something in mind.
Well, now the organization has turned uncertainty about Atogwe’s new number into a contest.
We’ll know the answer by Friday when the Redskins have their first practice of the 2011 season.