Lions' 1st-round pick Jameson Williams wanted No. 9, so he asked Matthew Stafford

It's always a bit embarrassing when a team hasn't reassigned a former star's jersey number.
Matthew Stafford had 12 good years as quarterback for the Detroit Lions. He probably hasn't done enough to permanently retire his number (although some Lions fans would argue otherwise), but it would also have been a bit wrong to reissue his number 9 right after he joined the Los Angeles Rams last year.
Lions first-rounder Jameson Williams, a receiver from Alabama, eased the tension by asking Stafford himself.
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Williams had worn the No. 18 but wanted to switch before the preseason began. No. 9 was available but had not been reissued by the Lions since they traded with Stafford last year.
According to ESPN's Eric Woodyard, Williams reached out to Stafford via text message and asked if he could have No.9. Stafford apparently said yes.
It's a great move for both players. The rookie understood this number's history for the Lions franchise and its fan base, which still roots for Stafford. Stafford did not seem to stand in the way of the move.
It will be strange for a while to see anyone other than Stafford wearing the No 9 for the Lions. Perhaps Williams can carve his own legacy with this number.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams was one of the team's first-round picks this year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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