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Cam Newton Spurs the Question of the Value of a Jersey Number

The MVP quarterback revealed that former teammate Jimmy Clausen requested a major bag for the No. 2 jersey. Boardroom breaks down some of the biggest jersey price tags in sports.

Cam Newton recently revealed on his Instagram that when he joined the Carolina Panthers with his sights on the No. 1 quarterback spot, he wanted to maintain his favorite jersey number he had spent his championship career at Auburn sporting the No. 2. However, his competition for the QB1, Jimmy Clausen, didn’t want him to wear No. 2.

Well, not for free, at least. He wanted a $1 million payout for the number.

“I said, ‘A million dollars, bro?” Newton recalled. “People don’t make $1 million in a lifetime, let alone, I’m gonna give you $1 million for a fucking number.”

When the 2011 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick took the field on opening day, he put up a record of 422 yards — all while wearing the No. 1.

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With the resurfaced story, Boardroom’s Gabe Oshin returned to the history books to examine some of the most expensive moments in jersey history.

Who could forget when Michael Jordan switched from No. 45 back to No. 23 in the middle of the Bulls’ run in the 1995 playoffs? But did you know that it cost him $100,000 that Chicago ponied up for its star? However, as we quickly discovered, the cost of jersey numbers frequently took different forms other than cold, hard cash.

From outdoor kitchens to brand-new BMWs, Oshin breaks down some of the biggest jersey deals from across major league sports through history.

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