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Julio Jones had an important meeting to get to. But instead of dressing up for it, he stripped down.
With his Falcons teammates still in uniform, Jones wore a sleeveless black workout shirt as he prowled the sideline late in the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s rout of the Houston Texans on Oct. 4. When the game ended, Jones snaked through the throng on the field until he spotted Texans running back Arian Foster, who jogged over to share a quick embrace and to conduct their business.
As they had discussed before the game, Jones handed Foster his jersey, and Foster gave Jones his. Clutching their new souvenirs, they posed for a photo. postgame ritual as handshakes and prayer circles. Players consider the transaction, freighted with personal meaning, the ultimate show of respect.
“You watch any of the gladiator or Spartan movies, on the field of battle is their helmet or whatever they were wearing they won or lost in it,” Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. “The jerseys are kind of like our armor. It’s something to be remembered forever.”
“I wish I started doing this when I was a rookie,” Giacomini said.
In soccer, the practice dates back more than 80 years, to 1931, when France beat England for the first time. Overjoyed, the French players asked the English if they minded giving them their jerseys as mementos. “If coaches had jerseys,” Marshall said, “I’d ask for theirs, too.”
Still, Gus Granneman, the Jets’ equipment manager, said the postgame ritual spiked in popularity last season, when after every game, it seemed, he noticed players entering the locker room carrying opponents’ jerseys.
“Some guys, unfortunately, don’t tell me,” Granneman said, “and I find out when I’m doing the laundry.”
For the serial traders on the team, Granneman said, he keeps backups in stock in their sizes. That task grows a bit more complicated when the Jets wear the same color jerseys for several games in a row; Sunday’s game against Washington will be their fifth straight wearing white.
“When you go white then green, if they trade a white jersey, I have two weeks to get the jersey here,” Granneman said. “Now that we’re going straight through white, it’s tough. You’re always under the gun to get the jersey here in time.”
It can be an expensive hobby, too. Players receive their game jersey at the end of the season and are permitted to purchase their backup at a lower price but must incur the cost of other jerseys, which, they said, is docked from their paycheck. When asked, several players said they did not know how much they owed, but they estimated that each trade cost them a few hundred dollars.
“As long as we ain’t swapping every week, you know what I’m saying?” said Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle, who added that he intended to trade with his friend Kevin Johnson, a Texans cornerback, in Week 11. “But I’ll pay it. and the journey to stay as long as possible.”
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Otherwise, they hang in players’ lockers, where they can linger for weeks. That is where McDougle keeps the green Eagles top he received three weeks ago from a player he considers a mentor, his former Maryland teammate Nolan Carroll.
Like Carroll, McDougle sustained a season ending injury early in his senior year. Carroll served as a valuable resource, McDougle said, and encouraged him throughout his recovery.
“To me, it’s not about collecting them,” McDougle said. “It’s if the person means something to me, if he played some type of role in my life.”
To Atlanta receiver Nick Williams, who traded with Giants receiver Geremy Davis in Week 2, the jersey symbolized the time they had spent training together at Connecticut, rooming on trips and stretching the night before games. At Davis’s draft party in May, he wanted Williams, who was two years ahead of him, in attendance.
“Nick being like a big brother to me, it’s a privilege to have his jersey,” Davis said, adding: “We’re not an SEC school or a Power 5 school. We went to UConn. We made it.”
For Douzable, the ritual does not stop with the trade. He asks the other player to sign the back, although locating a pen in the chaotic aftermath of a game, he said, is never easy.
“You try to scramble and find one while you’re on the field,” Douzable said. “Last year, Derrick Morgan on the Titans is a real good friend of mine, and I couldn’t find one. When they come back, I’ll go to the team hotel and get him to sign it then.”