New Patriots Jersey #'s / History Lesson

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May 12, 2009 at 12:11pm ET

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Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe posted the jersey numbers for some of the new players Tuesday morning.

Here are the players & numbers:
  • S Brandon McGowan will wear No. 43

  • TE Alex Smith will wear No. 80

  • LB Vinny Ciurciu has switched from No. 43 to No. 50


    On a different note, Patriots Football Weekly released their "Ask PFW" edition this morning, and for those who didn't know the team actually had a slightly different name for a short time in between being the "Boston Patriots" and the "New England Patriots".  According to Erik Scalavino, he checked the records with 'The Hall at Patriot Place' and for a few weeks prior to becoming the New England Patriots, the franchise went by the name of "Bay State Patriots".   However, after at least one newspaper headline referred to them as the "BS Patriots," they decided to "rethink" that decision.