Curtis Martin, the now retired football player, recounts how he chose his #28 jersey number.
“They only had the number 39, which I thought was horrible, and then I
finally got a chance to get number 26 and shortly after that when I
took number 26 a guy got cut and his number was 28 and I was speaking to
someone about what numbers, what options I had,” Martin said. “And at
the time I was speaking to a pastor and I told him what numbers were
available between 26 and 28, and he said 28.
“He said because that is a really important Bible verse,” Martin
explained. “It’s Deuteronomy 28, and he said that it talks about the
blessings for obedience and all that. So I took the number and
Deuteronomy 28 became my only ritual before every game. I would read it
and that’s the reason why I wore number 28.”
Deuteronomy 28 is a great chapter in the Bible for a variety of reasons but there is probably a sermon illustration here. You can access the original story with the interview of Martin here.