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Bacarri Rambo explains his choice for a jersey number

After wearing No. 29 in the preseason, Bacarri Rambo has switched to No. 24. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

After sporting the No. 29 jersey during the offseason, training camp and preseason, Redskins sixth-round pick Bacarri Rambo this week switched his number to 24.

Rambo, who will start at free safety, said No. 29 didn’t carry any real significance for him, and he had to switch from it anyway, because Roy Helu Jr. also wears that number.

Rambo said on Friday that settled on No. 24 for several reasons. For starters, he wanted a number in the 20s and knew he couldn’t get No. 28 – a sacred number because it belonged to Hall of Famer Darrell Green. Rambo chose 24 in part to honor former Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey, who like Rambo played at the University of Georgia before beginning his career in Washington.

“I figured I’d wear it for him, and keep that going strong,” Rambo said.

And it just so happened that 24 is the combined total of the numbers Rambo wore in high school (6) and college (18).

“Six and 18 is 24, too, so it just worked out perfectly,” Rambo said.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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