Jersey numbers are a key detail for remembering players. Michael Jordan’s No. 23. In college football, Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson’s No. 34 stands hard to forget. No. 14 and No. 20 jerseys are the two most occurring numbers that Heisman winners wore, each having five different winners sport the number.
However, when looking Heisman candidates this year, both Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook wear No. 4, which has never been worn by a Hesiman winner. So let's dig into the No. 4.
Watson was able to choose No. 4 after former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller allowed Clemson to pull the number out of retirement specifically for Watson.
Fuller played for Clemson in the late 1970s and remains the only Clemson player to win the ACC Player of the Year award twice. He led the Tigers to an 11-1 season in 1978. Fuller’s jersey was the second retired in Clemson history.
While Cook often breaks tackles, Newman made them. In his senior year, Newman won the Jim Thorpe Award and was honored as a first-team All-American, and he currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
Still, the No. 4 jersey made impactful appearances in colleges across the nation.
So while success has followed No. 4, it seems to avoid the Heisman. But will that change this season?