If there was a dial measuring A.J. Brown’s present happiness stage, it will in all probability go to 11.
The third-year Titans receiver on Tuesday revealed that he supplied up his present No. 11 jersey to longtime idol and new teammate Julio Jones. However the All-Professional receiver, who held the quantity for every of his 10 years in Atlanta, informed him to maintain it.
#11 till I retire . I attempted to provide it up and he wouldn’t take it . Respect 🤝
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) June 8, 2021
That has to imply rather a lot for Brown, whose admiration for Jones is evident. Living proof: When Brown made public his try to sway Jones to the Titans, he revealed a message he despatched the previous Falcons receiver. The message is dated March 27, 2019 — a month earlier than Brown was taken within the second spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft.
“Simply wanna say thanks massive bruh for paving the best way for guys like me and also you doing it the proper means,” the message reads. “I am a (sic) upcoming receiver within the draft and hopefully be nearly as good as you someday man. Thanks man (for actual).”
Then there’s the message Brown relayed after information broke that the Titans landed the All-Professional receiver: ‘Y’all accomplished f—ed up.”
So, yeah: Brown must be on Cloud 9 (or Cloud 11, because it have been).
The query now’s what quantity Jones will put on in Tennessee. The most probably possibility is No. 8, which he wore for 3 years at Alabama. Coincidentally, that quantity was vacated by former quarterback Marcus Mariota, who left the staff after the 2019 season. An alternative choice is No. 82, the quantity Jones wore at Foley (Ala.) Excessive Faculty. Per the Titans’ roster, that quantity is held by receiver Fred Brown, who signed with the staff in early Could.