NESN – For some professional athletes, a number is more than just a digit or two pasted to their uniform. It sounds like Adrian Wilson is one of those people and he’s willing to put diapers on the line to get his beloved No. 24.
Kyle Arrington, who just inked a four-year deal with the Patriots, has rocked the No. 24 Patriots jersey since 2011 after wearing No. 27 during the three previous seasons. Arrington also happens to be a first-time dad, as he and his wife, VaShonda, just welcomed their son, Kyle Chandler Arrington Jr., earlier this year.
Wilson, who has worn No. 24 in Arizona since 2002, is going to use Baby Arrington as somewhat of a bargaining chip. The 33-year-old Wilson is a father of three and knows how expensive diapers can get. “I told him I know he just had a new baby,” he said during a conference call on Thursday. “I know he signed a new contract but I offered him a year’s supply of Pampers. Hopefully he gets back to me.”
Screw all of this “I’ll pay you $5,000 for your number, $10,000 for your number, take your family on a vacation, or whatever players do nowadays in order to get a certain number on their jersey. Adrian knows the economy. He knows the struggle of raising a child. Children are expensive as hell. I love it. Not just because of the originality, but because what people don’t realize is that he’s actually getting the better of the deal on this one. Yeah, children are expensive but lets say you change your kid’s diaper 4 times a day: That’s 1,460 diapers a year. Now, Pampers comes in packs of 88, 80, 76 and 66 depending on the size. I know this because I just Googled it. That’s an average of 77.5 in a pack throughout a year’s time. If you divide 1,460 by 77.5 you get 18.83 packages of diapers needed for an entire year. Multiply that by $24.94, the price of a pack of Pampers and that comes out to $469.84. Boom. Adrian Wilson just offered $465 for the number 24. To you and me that’s nuts, but to football players that’s chump change. Rob Gronkowski just dropped $9,615.40 on booze.
Side Note: Babies aren’t all that expensive now that I think of it. Unless you’re forced to buy 4 car seats for one child. That could get a little pricey.