Kluwe stuck with No. 4 after swap with McNabb

Wed, Dec 7

Before he was released by the Vikings on Dec.1, Donovan McNabb bought punter Chris Kluwe an ice cream cone and made a $5,000 donation to Kick for the Cure. But Donovan took Kluwe's No. 5 and an unfulfilled promise with him when he left.

Before the season, McNabb made a deal with Kluwe to get the No. 5 jersey. The contract, which Donovan partially lived up to, also included five non-consecutive mentions of Kluwe's band Tripping Icarus.

Chris Kluwe
AP Photo/Jim MoneVikings punter Chris Kluwe traded his No. 5 to Donovan McNabb this season.

"He only mentioned it twice," Kluwe said, chuckling.

Kluwe says he and his teammates were aware of how many times McNabb had mentioned the band's name over the course of the season, even if they rarely talked about it in the locker room.

"I figured it probably was not a good time to bring it up with the way the season was going," Kluwe said. "Better to just let it lie."

But just because the pair never spoke about the deal and McNabb is no longer his teammate doesn't mean that McNabb has forgotten about the deal.

Through his spokesman, Rich Burg, McNabb acknowledged that he still needs to complete the deal and will "definitely get in touch with Chris directly to make it right," although he didn't specify how exactly.

And now, Kluwe is stuck with No. 4 until at least the 2013 season due to league rules. He says the league implemented that policy to keep players from switching numbers and leaving retailers stuck with outdated jerseys.

But maybe the league will make an exception?

"I'm going to try to appeal it because they don't sell my jersey in stores anyways, so I don't think they'll have any problem with extra merchandise," he said.

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