A Zach Wilson win at Super Bowl would be first of its kind

OK, look: You know and I do know that this implies completely nothing in regard as to if Zach Wilson will be a profitable quarterback with the Jets. Logically, intellectually, sensibly, we are able to all agree that the quantity on a participant’s jersey is merely a strategy to hold monitor of who he’s. There is zero energy in a quantity. Less than zero. It is a chunk of trivia, nothing extra.

(Not that there’s ever REALLY something at all logical, mental or smart about stuff like this in sports activities …)

So Wilson — who wore each No. 1 and No. 11 at Brigham Young — has chosen to put on No. 2 as a Jet. He made that official on Thursday.

“I’m just mixing it up, doing something new,” Wilson stated. “I like any single-digit number, I think they’re cool. I was the second pick, so that’s a good reason to switch it up. Not much reason behind it, but I just think it’s a cool number.”

It can also be …

(And, once more, this implies ABSOLUTELY NOTHING …)

It can also be a quantity that has by no means been worn by a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Matt Ryan got here closest. He got here, in truth, about as shut as you’ll be able to come to profitable a Super Bowl with out really profitable a Super Bowl, when he led the Falcons to a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI earlier than participating within the biggest gag job in NFL historical past.

Doug Flutie wore No. 2 for the Bears and for the Patriots, nevertheless it wasn’t till he switched to 7 in Buffalo that he had cereal flakes named after him. No. 2 has been good for baseball gamers (notably Derek Jeter) and basketball gamers (Kawhi Leonard) and hockey gamers (Brian Leetch). Secretariat wore No. 2 when he gained the 1973 Belmont by 31 lengths.

Jets
Zach Wilson at Jets rookie camp.
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But soccer? There is only one participant in NFL historical past wore No. 2 (although he additionally dabbled with a number of different numbers) who made it to the Hall of Fame: Charley Trippi. The excellent news: He performed somewhat quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals. The dangerous: He took his final snap in 1954. Kickers and punters put on 2, principally.

Still, no one had ever gained a Super Bowl sporting 4 earlier than Brett Favre did it, or 5 earlier than Joe Flacco. Kurt Warner christened 13, Brad Johnson 14, Doug Williams 17. Johnny Unitas is the one 19 to win one, although he performed lower than half of Super Bowl V earlier than getting damage and being changed by Earl Morrall (who joins Jeff Hostetler, Patrick Mahomes and Bart Starr as one of 4 QBs to win a complete of 5 Super Bowls sporting 15).

Twelve, of course, was not obtainable to Wilson as a result of it belongs to Joe Namath perpetually. Twelve can also be the most well-liked quantity to quarterback a Super Bowl champ. It has been executed 18 occasions: by Namath and Aaron Rodgers and Ken Stabler (as soon as every), by Roger Staubach and Bob Griese (twice), by Terry Bradshaw (4) and a sure 199th decide within the 2000 draft (7; that’s Tom Brady, by the way in which).

Sixteen was obtainable, and 16s have gained the Big Game seven occasions (4 for Joe Montana, two for Jim Plunkett, one for Len Dawson). Wilson’s affinity for single digits may have led him to 7 (John Elway and Ben Roethlisberger, two; Joe Theismann, one), 8 (Troy Aikman, three; Steve Young and Trent Dilfer, one every) or 9 (Jim McMahon, Drew Brees, Nick Foles) which have all gained multiples.

Or it may’ve led him to attempt the still-virgin numbers of 1 (regardless of Warren Moon’s greatest efforts), or 6 (Baker Mayfield is making an attempt to interrupt that one in). Russell Wilson gained one (and may have gained one other) sporting 3, that means that proper now, as we converse, there may be precisely yet another Super Bowl-winning quarterback who wore “WILSON” on the again of a jersey versus “2” on the entrance.

But there’s all the time room for newcomers. Nobody had gained one sporting 11 till Phil Simms did (he was joined later by Mark Rypien). Nobody had gained one sporting 10 till Eli Manning did it, and he stays alone there, as does his brother, Peyton, the one QB to win Supes sporting 18.

So Zach Wilson can be the first. And if No. 2 can ever run off a discipline as Joe Namath as soon as did, reminding the world who was No. 1? He gained’t be the final. Book it.

Vac’s Whacks

I’m unsure what stoked the morbid curiosities of Mets followers extra this week: the Mariners elevating Jarred Kelenic or the Pirates releasing Todd Frazier. One is gone (at least for the subsequent six years). One by no means appears to essentially go away. Both items that carry on giving, courtesy of Brodie Van Wagenen.


Admit it, Knicks followers: Awful as that loss to the Lakers was Tuesday evening, it was good to really lose sleep over a basketball recreation once more, wasn’t it?


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Aaron Rodgers
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I’m not saying the Giants ought to make a play for Aaron Rodgers, however I’m not going to lie and say that wouldn’t be an awfully cool develop-ment if it ever occurred. Which might be gained’t. Right? Makes no sense. But nonetheless …


I do know it is a small half of an incredible present, however I actually kind of need to know simply how good a basketball participant Mare of Easttown was. UConn good? Fordham good? Solid D-II good? Is it an excessive amount of to seek out this out by some means?

Whack Back at Vac

Richard Zyontz: I’m 63, a lifelong Mets fan. On the heels of Willie Mays’ ninetieth birthday, shouldn’t New York get an opportunity to honor him and retire his quantity? For folks my age, it would be a flood of nostalgia and love; for these youthful, an training and appreciation for historical past. And for Citi Field, somewhat stability to go together with the Wilpons’ lingering Dodger-philia.

Vac: Sign me up for this. Willie solely performed a season-and-a-half with the Mets, however he was National League New York’s final true celebrity. The Mets symbolize that. Retire 24.


Rick Bause: Need additional proof New York is a basketball city? The day after Gerrit Cole blanks the Rays and the Mets welcome again Matt Harvey with their seventh straight win, the again web page headline in The Post proclaims “THEY’RE IN” because the Knicks clinch a playoff berth for the first time in eight years. Nuff stated.

Vac: I’ve stated this earlier than, nevertheless it bears repeating: It wasn’t that way back that baseball season in New York — a 100% real baseball city — didn’t actually start till the day after the Knicks had been eradicated from the playoffs.


@billy_lyons_: Growing up and going via adversity is tough sufficient. Doing it with Matt Harvey’s stage of fame in New York is even tougher. I’m glad folks took the excessive highway as a result of he looks like a modified man.

@MikeVacc: I’ve been round Matt Harvey many occasions after he pitched. He was by no means higher than he was Wednesday. It’s a credit score to him.


Richard Siegelman: If Patrick Mazeika can by some means proceed his tempo of three RBIs for each 4 plate appearances — and if he can equal Pete Rose’s 14,053 at bats — Mazeika would accumulate 10,539 RBIs.

Vac: FEAR THE BEARD!

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