Lions Rookie Jameson Williams made a classy gesture before choosing his jersey number.
According to a report from ESPN, Williams reached out to Matthew Stafford about wearing his old #9 number. Stafford reportedly had no issues with it and gave Williams the go-ahead to go with jersey change.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) August 10, 2022
Williams originally agreed to wear No. 18 as a nod to Lions great Calvin Johnson, who wore No. 81, by flipping it, but was looking for a single-digit number instead. He reached out to Stafford on his own via text as a courtesy, according to a source.
Stafford didn’t have any issues, the source confirmed. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback wore No. 9 for a dozen seasons in Detroit, where he set numerous franchise records before being traded for Jared Goff and then winning the Super Bowl this past season.
Just a pretty cool interaction overall between Stafford and Williams.
— LionsFanReport (@lionsfanreport) August 10, 2022