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Hero of Zero: NFL Poised to Have First-Ever QB Wearing No. 0

As you may recall, the NFL allowed players to start wearing No. 0 last season. Over two dozen players on both sides of the ball jumped at the change to go zero-clad — linebackers, wide receivers, defensive backs, running backs — but no quarterbacks.

That might be changing, however. As you can see above, the Commanders have just announced a bunch of new uni number assignments, and the first name on the list is journeyman signal-caller Marcus Mariota, who signed with the team last month and is apparently going to wear No. 0.

Mariota has worn No. 8 for most of his nine-year NFL career, although he did wear No. 1 for the Falcons in 2022. Both of those numbers are already taken on the Commies’ roster, which may explain why he’s opted for zero. If he actually gets into a game this season (no sure thing, as he’s likely headed for a second-string role in Washington), he would become the first zero-clad quarterback in NFL history.

According to, 39 NFL players have gone zero-clad. Twenty-five of those players wore No. 0 last season; the other 14 wore it during the period from 1925 through 1967; none were quarterbacks.

(Big thanks to our own Jamie Rathjen for bringing the Commanders’ uni number announcement to my attention.)

Comments (7)

    It’s mos def an “O” for Oregon.

    In that same vein, there are a ton of kids from Oregon who play D-I football out of state and wear 0 for the same-ish reason.

    It will look odd at first, like the top half of the 8 fell off, but I will get used to it.

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