Ryan Clark Will Try To Change Number To 21 If Mewelde Moore Does Not Return

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark announced on Twitter tonight that he will attempt to change his number from 25 to 21 if running back Mewelde Moore does not return in 2012. Moore will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Ryan Clark Twitter #21 Jersey Number

The number switch is a tribute to Sean Taylor, a good friend and former teammate of Clark\’s when he was with the Washington Redskins. Taylor died from critical injuries due to gunshots suffered during a home invasion back in November of 2007. Taylor was just 24 years of age.

Clark honors the memory of Taylor by wearing 21 during Steelers practices and has been denied previous request to change his number to 21 before Moore arrived. Clark was also fined $5,000 in 2008 by the NFL for having the number 21 written on his eye black patches during a game against the New York Giants.

Hopefully the Clark gets permission this time around and will not have to buy out the stock of licensed Steelers jerseys with the number 25 on them to do so.

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  • burgh_fan

    The number 21 means so much in Pittsburgh. It is the only number to be retired by 2 of the 3 professional sports team. I know it is a little silly to think this way but it bothers me just a little bit when any Steeler has the number. I know the Steelers are in no real way associated with the two retired players but for some reason it just does not seem right.

    If someone is going to wear it though, Ryan Clark is one of the better choices. So hopefully he gets it and I will not hold too much disdain against him.

  • Steelers_are_my_team

    I’d buy a #25 to help him… and a #21 to go next to it.