Anthony Dixon turns down $24,000 from Nnamdi Asomugha for No. 24

September 5, 2013

Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t going to be able to buy the number he wants — yet. (Stephen Lam / Reuters)

Anthony Dixon is really attached to the No. 24 he wears for the San Francisco 49ers — so much so that he turned down an offer of $24,000 for it.

The offer came from Nnamdi Asomugha, who joined the team this year.

“We tried to go $24K for 24, but I told him, ‘No, I’m going to keep my 24,’” said Dixon (via CSNBayArea.com).

Asomugha wore the number during training camp and preseason games, when duplicate numbers are common with 90-player rosters. Asomugha wore 21 for eight seasons in Oakland and 24 during his two seasons in Philadelphia.

“When he first got here, he asked me what I thought of him wearing No. 24, and I said, ‘Well, you can wear it,’” Dixon said. “I wanted him to look good. He asked if he could wear it so he doesn’t look like a bum. Every other number was already taken.”

Dixon inherited the number from Michael Robinson, after wearing No. 33 when he first arrived in San Francisco in 2010.

“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixon said. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college. I’m not ready to sell it, yet.”

Ah, so Dixon’s saying there’s a chance. Maybe Asomugha can up the offer by getting the Mrs. — Kerry Washington — to kick in some of that sweet “Scandal” money.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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