Chargers’ Joey Bosa, Melvin Gordon are switching jersey numbers
Los Angles Chargers fans who bought the jersey of their favorite player may have a collector’s item on their hands after an announcement by the team on Friday. Defensive end Joey Bosa, and running back Melvin Gordon will both be changing their numbers.
Bosa will be number 97 next season—last year he was number 99—and Gordon will go from number 28 to number 25. Both of the players’ new numbers are the same ones that they wore in college, neither player was one of the league’s top ten jerseys purchased last season.
Bosa was selected by (then the San Diego) Chargers with the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Although he’s missed time with hamstring and foot injuries throughout his three years with the team, Bosa has been dominant when on the field. He’s compiled 134 combined tackles, 28.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble returns and a pass deflection.
Gordon, was taken by the Chargers with the 15th pick in the 2015 draft. He’s also been occasionally nicked up in his four seasons in San Diego and Los Angles, but the Wisconsin alum has been one of the league’s top backs when available.
He’s rushed for a total of 3,628 yards and 28 touchdowns, he’s averaged 4 yards per carry and caught 182 passes for 1,577 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gordon has also fumbled 10 times in his career, but six of those came as a rookie.
Last season, Los Angles went 12-4—their best season since going 13-3 in 2009—and defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs. However, they were then defeated by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, as they had in 2006 and 2007.
With quarterback Phillip Rivers turning 37 last December, the Chargers are looking to make a push to win their first Super Bowl ever. Although they did win the AFL Championship way back in 1963.