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The Steelers announced the jersey numbers for the whole roster a few weeks ago, and the jersey number that stood out the most was Steelers third-round pick Kendrick Green getting No. 53.
That number, obviously, belonged to former Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who announced he was retiring back in February. Some were surprised that the Steelers gave Green No. 53 being that Pouncey recently retired
Green told the media at the first rookie minicamp practice that he asked for No. 53 and the Steelers just gave it to him.
“I wore No. 53 since high school. Obviously, at Illinois, I wore it, as well, so I kind of requested it," Green said. "I got big shoes to fill. I’m gonna work toward that.”
“It’s just a number -- the memories are never given away. My jersey number on every level after I left was given back out. It’s all a part of football.”
Pouncey told ESPN that he gave his blessing for Green to wear No. 53, “It’s just a number -- the memories are never given away. My jersey number on every level after I left was given back out. It’s all a part of football.”