The wait is over. Marlon Humphrey officially has a new jersey number – No. 44.
So why No. 44? It’s a nod to his father and former running back, Bobby Humphrey.
"My dad wore the number 44 in high school and his last year in the NFL,” Humphrey said. “When I had to find a new number, it was one of the first that came to mind. My dad was a Pro Bowler and played in the Super Bowl – two things I would love to be able to do in my football career.
“Even with those two major accomplishments, the thing I adore most about my dad is he is a man of God. He has taught me to keep God the head of my life. That’s what life is all about.”
Humphrey’s jersey number became a buzzworthy topic when Earl Thomas first landed in Baltimore.
Thomas, a six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner, wore No. 29 throughout his nine-year career in Seattle. Humphrey, who was voted as the Ravens’ MVP last season by local media members, has worn No. 29 in his first two seasons in Baltimore.
The dilemma was quickly sorted out, and the veteran came out on top.
Humphrey first asked for payment to give up No. 29, but after reconsideration, said Thomas could have it for free. Thomas declared he would donate to Humphrey’s mother’s track program. So this whole jersey exchange ended up having a feel-good ending for Humphrey’s family.
Humphrey was interested in wearing 00, which no player has donned since 1973, and also considered No. 37, which Deion Sanders wore in Baltimore in 2004-2005. That apparently didn’t come to fruition.
The No. 44 was available so Humphrey didn't have to bump anybody else out of their jersey. The last player to don it was fullback Kyle Juszczyk in 2016, and it was also worn by fullback Vonta Leach.