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Steelers QB Russell Wilson Reveals New Jersey, Uniform Number



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New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson will wear his familiar No. 3 with his new team, Wilson revealed in social media post on Tuesday

Wilson unboxed a new throwback Steelers jersey with his name and the No. 3 in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Tuesday.

Wilson wore No. 3 with both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. In college, he wore No. 16 at Wisconsin and NC State.

Russell Wilson vs Steelers — Russell Wilson from the Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, December 20, 2020 (All-Pro Reels Photography)

The last Steelers player to wear No. 3 was punter Brad Wing, who played in two games last season. Kicker Matthew McCrane donned the digit for one game in 2018. It has primarily been a specialist number for most of the Steelers’ modern era, with kickers Jeff Reed (2002-10) and Kris Brown (1999-2001) and punters Rohn Stark (1995) and Mark Royals (1992-94) all wearing it.

Reed had the longest career of any Steelers player in No. 3, suiting up in 132 career regular season games over nine seasons, and winning Super Bowls XL and XLIII with the club.

The lone position player to wear No. 3 in a game in the modern era was quarterback Landy Jones, who served as a backup from 2015-17.  Dwayne Haskins wore No. 3 during the 2021 season, but never appeared in a game before his death in early 2022. The team wore No. 3 helmet stickers following his death.

Hall of Fame tailback Bill Dudley wore No. 3 in his rookie season in 1942, when Dudley led the NFL in rushing attempts, yards and yards per game while being selected to the Pro Bowl and named a first-team All-Pro. Dudley enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps the following year, and when he returned from the war in 1945, he wore No. 35 instead.

Three other players wore No. 3 in the 1930s and 1940s, for one season each: tailback and defensive back Andy Tomasic (1942), quarterback Tommy Thompson (1940) and tackle Maury Bray (1935).