2022 was a tough year for David Ojabo.
While prepping for the NFL Draft, Ojabo tore his achilles, dropping him from a projected 1st round pick to a mid-2nd round pick.
Despite the injury he was able to make it back for two games at the end of the Baltimore Ravens’ season and even recorded his first NFL sack in the last game of the year.
Now he is in the midst of his first full offseason with the Ravens and is preparing to be an impact player now that he is healthy.
There is just one thing he is still missing. He doesn’t have his preferred jersey number.
Ojabo wore the number 55 at Michigan and wanted to continue to wear it in the pros.
Unfortunately for him, that number belongs to Terrell Suggs in Baltimore.
While the Ravens don’t officially retire numbers, they won’t give out the numbers of some team legends.
Yesterday Ojabo revealed that he asked Suggs and the team’s owner if he could wear the number, but his request was denied and he’ll continue to wear 90 this season.
Is David Ojabo going back to his college jersey No. 55?
“Suggs not letting me.”
Did you ask?
“Yeah, we had discussions. It got [Steve] Bisciotti] involved a little bit.
“But, look that’s above me. He’s a legend. So I’m gonna stick with 90.”pic.twitter.com/kgHyLgFuBZ
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) May 17, 2023
“Suggs not letting me. We had discussions, got Bisciotti involved a little bit, but that’s above me. He’s a legend,” Ojabo said, “So I’m going to stick with 90. I had to try, but he’s not going for it.”
In 16 years with the Baltimore Ravens, Terrell Suggs did plenty to earn the right to deny new players his number.
As a member of the Ravens, Suggs made 855 tackles and racked up 132.5 sacks while earning 7 Pro Bowl appearances, a pair of All-Pro nods, and a Defensive Player of the Year award.
I looks like David Ojabo will just have to settle for trying to earn the right to keep a future Raven from wearing number 90 one day.