The Importance of Jersey Numbers in Sports
Over the years, I’ve observed that jersey numbers vibrate very powerfully for the players who wear them. These numbers need to be in sync with the players’ names and dates of birth for the player to maximize his potential for success.
In India, where cricket is a huge interest and players also wear player numbers, numerologists are consulted before a player is assigned a number. This is because the number must vibrate with the player’s personal energies. Even in individual sports (for example, tennis or golf), an athlete’s date of birth and publicly known name will vibrate either to help or hinder the athlete.
In June 2005, NFL running back Clinton Portis agreed to pay $18,000 to former Washington Redskins teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete to avoid a trial between the two players. When Portis had been traded to the Redskins by the Denver Broncos in 2004, he wanted jersey number 26, which he had worn for two seasons at Denver. However, Ohalete was already wearing 26 for the Redskins. After discussions, the two players agreed that Ohalete would give Portis the number 26 in exchange for $40,000 and would wear number 30 instead. Clearly, jersey numbers mean a lot to their wearers!
National Football League (NFL)
Joseph (Joe) Clifford Montana (Jr.), QB, San Francisco 49ers #16, Kansas City Chiefs #19; University of Notre Dame #3; born June 11, 1956, in New Eagle, Pennsylvania
Joe Montana, one of the great quarterbacks in American football, has the Moon + Neptune as his basic energy. His name has powerful Uranus + Mars energy. It was his name that attracted the media attention, and the number 16 on his jersey was his number, because he has Neptune (7) as his basic energy. Neptune is very mysterious and psychic; players who were on the team with Montana said that he was an entirely different person on the field vs. off the field. So the number 16 was an excellent number, completely in sync with him. #19 in Kansas City was a very powerful Sun number which also flowed with Montana and, at the least, was not contradictory to his own personal energy. The name of the San Francisco 49ers team itself was a perfect match for his numerology, and they went together to the Super Bowl many times.
Thomas Edward Patrick (Tom) Brady, QB, New England Patriots #12, University of Michigan #10; born August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California.
Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft and, since then, has played only for that team. Brady and the Patriots have, to date, won three Superbowls (2002, 2004, and 2005), and also made the playoffs after the regular seasons in 2004 and 2006. Brady himself has won two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards (Montana was awarded three), and has been elected to four Pro Bowl appearances. Brady holds the NFL record for the most touchdown passes in a single regular season. During the regular 2007 season, the Patriots achieved a perfect, unbeaten season record of 16-0 and marched through the playoffs to their appearance in Super Bowl XII on February 3, 2008. However, in a stunning upset, the New York Giants, led by Eli Manning, defeated the Patriots 17-14. In 2007, Brady was selected as the first “Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year” from the NFL since Joe Montana in 1990.
National Basketball Association (NBA)
Michael “Air” Jordan, Chicago Bulls #23 and 45; University of North Carolina #23; born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Jordan’s jersey number, 23, was in complete harmony with his basic Moon + Jupiter energy. His date of birth carries Saturn energy, which can bring fame even beyond death, so his eternal reputation is assured! The jersey number also gave him the power to change the very nature of the sport of basketball, and he did.
Major League Baseball (MLB)
Calvin Edwin (Cal) Ripken (Jr.); Baltimore Orioles #8; born August 24, 1960, Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Cal Ripken, Jr., baseball’s “Iron Man,” was so nicknamed due to his consistent appearance on the field and his consistent play, even through injuries. He appeared in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, his only professional team (1981 through 2001). He played short stop and third base for the Orioles, and was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, garnering 537 votes out of a possible 545. His jersey number has been retired by the Orioles.
Roger Eugene Maris (born Roger Maris); Cleveland Indians #32 (1957) and #5 (1958); Kansas City Athletics #3 (1959); New York Yankees #9; St. Louis Cardinals #9; born September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota; died December 14, 1985, in Houston, Texas.
Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record in 1961 by recording 61 home runs. At the time, Maris’s record was controversial because there were 8 more games (a total of 162) in the regular season than there had been previously (154), when Ruth set the record, but the fans accorded Maris the respect due such a hitter, and MLB eventually came around.
National Hockey League (NHL)
Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings #99 (jersey number retired across the NHL upon Gretzky’s induction into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1999); January 26, 1961, Brantford, Ontario.
In Wayne Gretzky’s case, his Venus name was in complete harmony with a very powerful Mars number, 99. Having Mars twice on his jersey number gave him the indomitable strength to conquer all opponents on the ice.
Tennis (ATP and WTA)
Martina Navratilova; born 18 October 1956 (LIbra) in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).
Became US citizen on 21 July 1981 after defecting in 1975. Speaks Czech and English (knows Russian but refuses to use it). Now resides in the United States (Florida? Colorado?) Winner of the most singles titles of any woman tennis player.
Billie Jean (Moffitt) King; born 22 November 1943 (Scorpio/Sagittarius) in Long Beach, California.
Former holder of the most women’s singles titles until Martina. International Tennis Federation HOF.
Automobile Racing (NASCAR)
In September 2007, I was contacted by a writer for ESPN: The Magazine who requested that I “take a look at” the leading NASCAR drivers and how they stacked up with their numbers and cars. My finding were published in the September 28, 2007 issue.