Blake Ferguson switches numbers for Chop Robinson, reveals heartwarming offer to fans in the process

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Miami Dolphins newcomer Chop Robinson wore No. 44 during his time at Pennsylvania State University (better known as Penn State), and thanks to Dolphins long snapper Blake Ferguson, Robinson will get to keep that number with Miami.

Ferguson, who wore No. 50 with the Dolphins as a rookie before switching to No. 44 for each of the past three seasons, is going to give up his number so that Robinson can have No. 44 in the NFL.

Ferguson will be switching to No. 48, and he’s going to make things right for anyone who owns one of his No. 44 jerseys.

“I heard from Chop very early Friday morning…and he was just expressing to me how important the number 44 was to him and asked if I would be willing to consider taking a different number,” Ferguson said. “And I found that the jersey number that I wore from my last two years in college — and that I was able to win a national championship in — was available, the jersey No. 48, and so that’s the number I’ll be in moving forward.

“I’m super, super pumped about it. I am going to be swapping out everybody’s jerseys who bought a No. 44 jersey. I want you to read the directions in the caption. … I’m excited for (the) 2024 season. Let’s have a great year. Go ‘Phins.”

It’s an awesome gesture from Ferguson in more ways than one, as he’s helping out a Dolphins rookie and also making sure that his own fans are being taken care of in the process.

In the sports world, rookies often don’t get priority when it comes to jersey numbers, but Ferguson is making sure that Robinson gets his wish.

Robinson had some strong seasons at Penn State while wearing No. 44. Across two seasons (22 games) with the Nittany Lions, he had 41 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Before wearing No. 44 at Penn State, he wore No. 4 at the University of Maryland.

The hope is that Robinson will be able to make an impact with the Dolphins — perhaps even right away — and the fact that he’ll be wearing a familiar number has to get him excited for what’s ahead.

Ferguson, meanwhile, is about to enter his fifth season with the Dolphins. He has been a key contributor for the team over the years, as he hasn’t missed a game since joining the organization.

Long snappers likely aren’t responsible for a lot of jersey sales in general, but anyone that has a No. 44 Ferguson jersey has to be feeling the love right now, and his kind gesture is only going to earn him more fans going forward.

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