Is there a Todd Gurley Deion Sanders beef stewing? Yes. Newly signed Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley announced over the weekend that he will be wearing the number 21 with the Falcons. However, he added that his decision did not have the blessing of former Falcons star and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Gurley was asked during a radio interview if he asked Sanders if he could wear the number “Prime Time” wore for the Falcons during the first five seasons of his Hall of Fame career.
“Prime was hatin’ on me. He told me don’t wear it,” Gurley said.
When asked why Sanders objected to the move, Gurley said, “Cause it’s Prime. If I was Prime, I wouldn’t want nobody wearing my number either.”
On Sunday, Sanders responded on Twitter, saying he was joking with Gurley about wearing his former number.
Why is There a Todd Gurley Deion Sanders Beef?
“Thank u for your love but it ain’t that deep to me,” Sanders wrote. “I was joking with @TG3II I love that youngsta and proud that he will represent it right. I love these kids that play today and wish them all well.”
Gurley isn’t the first Falcons player to wear the number 21 since Sanders left the team. Cornerback Desmond Trufant wore the number 21 for the Falcons the past seven seasons but was released by Atlanta this offseason.
Gurley wore the number 30 during his five-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams. He wore the number 3 while starring at the University of Georgia and was asked during the interview whether he would ever consider wearing the number in the NFL.
“Unfortunately the way the NFL works, that’s not going to happen,” he said. “That’s going to be the last thing that happens, trust me.”
According to NFL rules, running backs are only allowed to wear numbers ranging from 20 to 49.