That’s because the man wearing 18 was not the quarterback with whom the number has become synonymous over the past 16 NFL seasons.
It was, instead, tight end
Broncos players had a little bit of fun with their Tuesday bye week practice, exchanging jerseys with one another and wearing different numbers – which made for some pretty funny visuals, such as wide receiver
“I was looking for 84 but he wasn’t out there,” Tamme laughed when asked who he was looking to throw to. “It was fun. Some of the guys were trying to get their college numbers. I was actually 18 in college and obviously I know Peyton pretty well. It was fun, kind of a fun way to lighten it up a little bit while we’re trying to take advantage of these couple days and get better and have fun at the same time.”
“(Woodyard) did, man,” Moore said. “It was like 6:50 in the morning and he decided to do that.”
For Moore, who donned No. 3 on Tuesday, it was a fun throwback to his playing days at UCLA.
“I went back to my college number. It was good,” he said. “It was a good way to spark us up and get us ready for practice. We’re going to do it again tomorrow.”
Others went as far back as high school to find their jersey for Tuesday's session.
Headed to practice! Wearing that #8 jersey! Taking it back to highschool days! http://t.co/NGKqGH597A— Mike Pops Adams (@MDOTADAMS20) October 29, 2013
It also meant that certain players – take defensive tackles
“You see a lot of big guys – they never got a chance to ever wear single-digit numbers, so that’s like their dream come true,” Moore said with a laugh.