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Budda Baker Changing Number to Honor Allen Iverson

Larry Rupp
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker is changing his jersey number to honor NBA legend Allen Iverson.
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker is changing his jersey number to honor NBA legend Allen Iverson. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

There have already been a ton of jersey number changes by NFL players this season, but Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker had an interesting reason for his switch. Baker announced he will be wearing the No. 3 moving forward in honor of legendary NBA guard Allen Iverson.

Budda Baker Jersey

This will be Baker's third number of his young NFL career as he has already donned No. 36 and 32 on his jersey. The two-time All-Pro will be look to keep his early success going in the NFL in hopes of building a storied career similar to that of the Hall of Famer he grew up admiring.

That goal may not be too far off as Baker has been a dominant defender since being drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The three-time Pro Bowler has racked up 441 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 20 pass breakups over his four NFL seasons in Arizona.

Baker is similar to Iverson in the fact that each player entered highest levels of their sport being doubted because of their height. At 5-foot-10, Baker wasn't expected to be able to take on opposing No. 1 wide receivers or break up passes over the middle of the field, but he has excelled at both.

"Now, I'm No. 3, baby. I had to go single digits, have my own identity, have my own legacy."

Budda Baker

All things considered, Baker gets to show off his skills in a unique number, and he seems pretty excited about it.

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