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He's No. 1: Michael Vick makes jersey number choice with Jets

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michael Vick is the new No. 1 for the New York Jets.

The veteran quarterback initially chose earlier this week to wear No. 8 with his new team, but announced on Twitter on Friday that he was going with jersey No. 1.

"After trying on the (No.) 8 I decided that it's not the right fit for me," Vick wrote. "I'll be going with the (No.) 1 officially. Thank You."

Vick had worn the No. 7 through high school, college at Virginia Tech and throughout his NFL career with Atlanta and Philadelphia, but that jersey number belongs to current Jets quarterback Geno Smith. After signing with New York in March, Vick said he had no intentions of asking Smith for the number.

"I'm changing my number," he said then.

Vick asked fans on Twitter for their opinions whether he should pick No. 3 or No. 8. After Vick announced on his Instagram page on Monday that he chose No. 8, the Jets confirmed the decision on their website Thursday. Vick called an audible Friday and picked the number currently worn by punter Ryan Quigley.

There was no immediate word on the negotiations between Vick and Quigley for the number. Shortly after signing with the Jets, wide receiver Eric Decker worked out a deal with tight end Jeff Cumberland to get the No. 87 he wore for four seasons in Denver. Recently signed running back Chris Johnson has yet to choose a new number with the Jets. The No. 28 he wore for six years in Tennessee is retired by the Jets in honour of Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin.

Vick would become the seventh player to wear No. 1 for the Jets, and the first quarterback, joining running back Mike Adamle, punters Quigley and Matt Turk, and kickers Dave Jacobs, Brett Conway and Mike Nugent.

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