When Broderick Jones makes his NFL debut, he’ll be doing so in honor of his fallen college teammate.
While Jones wore the jersey #59 as a Georgia Bulldog, he told ESPN on Friday that he plans to sport the #77 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s switching jersey numbers in the memory of Devin Willock, who was killed January in a car crash.
Jones, who was drafted 14th overall by the Steelers, explained his decision.
“They told me the number was available, and I just wanted to show my respects by taking that number and letting it live through me,” Jones said, per Brooke Pryor.
Jones took his picture with the ceremonial No. 1 jersey, but he'll wear No. 77 in honor of his former teammate and roommate Devin Willock, who was killed in the Athens car crash after UGA's national championship. https://t.co/zGRkn04eE2
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 28, 2023
Willock’s sudden death rocked the college football world, as it came in the immediate aftermath of Georgia’s national championship victory.
A photo has already surfaced of Jones unveiling his new jersey number. Broderick’s heartfelt gesture is truly one that transcends sport.
Former Georgia Offensive Tackle, Broderick Jones, will wear #77 with the Pittsburgh Steelers in honor of Devin Willock. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Gum1excfw0
— Elite Georgia Football (@elitegeorgiacfb) April 28, 2023
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Publish Date:2023-04-29 23:23:00