Yesterday, Cameron DaSilva reported on some public displeasure from former Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace about the Rams giving rookie offensive guard Tremayne Anchrum the #76, Pace’s old digits.
Pace wore that number through seven Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl victory. He wore it while he became one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game of football. Traditionally, regardless of if the number has been retired by a team or not - as is the case here - usually team’s don’t hand out the numbers of past legends without a second thought.
Orlando Pace is not happy about Tremayne Anchrum wearing his jersey number.— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 30, 2020
“No respect. Smh”
But his issue is with the Rams, not the rookie https://t.co/tnUrwPhEhs
In the tweet below from Pace, he touches on a “disconnect between the organization & Rams tradition.” Maybe it’s just me, but it’s always been a “thing” to ask for permission before using a number made famous by a legend. This situation is different from the Todd Gurley/Deion Sanders conflict, when Gurley chose the number despite Sanders voicing his displeasure about it. Anchrum was given the number, he had no choice in the matter, and at least Pace acknowledges that. But like he said, this is between the Rams and their former legends.
Nothing against Tremayne. I wish him nothing but the best . This speaks to the disconnect between the organization & Rams tradition— Orlando Pace (@OrlandoPace_HOF) April 30, 2020
For what it’s worth, Roger Saffold did wear the #76 while he was with the Rams but only after he got the permission of Pace.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Does Pace have a point, or is this just blown out of proportion?
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Cameron DaSilva reports the unhappiness from Orlando Pace over a rookie wearing his number (The. Rams Wire)
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