Jersey Monday: Doug Williams

What, you thought I wasn't going to do Jersey Monday just because it's my birthday. Au contraire, jerseys have always been a staple of my birthday, even before I collected jerseys.

When I was a little kid, I quickly became attached to the Mets and Redskins (man, if I could go back in time I'd pick some better teams... hell, I live in New England, I could be a douchebag Boston fan with an ignorant pink-hatted girlfriend). Being a discerning child, I picked my favorite players on these teams using a system with advanced metrics, combining on-field efficiency, leadership, and salary. Or, I picked them because they both wore the number 17, which was the day of my birth.

For the Redskins, that player was Doug Williams, who also engineered one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history. Williams wasn't the BEST Redskins player on those teams, and he wasn't the first player I wanted a jersey of (and you should know who WAS if you've been following Jersey Monday), but he was number 17, which made him cool in my book.

A few years back, I was with some friends when we came across a store that sold a ton of Mitchell and Ness jerseys. I almost passed on this Williams jersey to get a 1994 throwback John Elway (the white '60s style), but PooZ convinced me that I should probably get the jersey of the player who I liked growing up, even if I only liked him because of his jersey number.

I always wanted to wear number 17 whenever I played for a team growing up. I only stopped signing my name with the number 17 a couple years ago. Yeah, I'm a huge dork. A huge dork who was born on the 17th.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.