New York Giants rookie first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux has been working hard behind the scenes to secure his important No. 5 jersey since they made him the fifth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft late last month.
The problem? Current Giants kicker Graham Gano wore the No. 5 jersey in his second season with the team last year.
As we’ve seen throughout modern NFL history, the two sides worked together to make sure that Thibodeaux was able to sport the number he wanted to heading into his first season.
The Giants tweeted out a photo of the new No. 5 Kayvon Thibodeaux jersey Monday as a way to report that he has indeed acquired the number from Gano.
However, there’s a much more heart-warming backstory to this entire situation. In return for the jersey, Thibodeaux has donated a whopping $50,000 to Puppies Behind Bars, which provides service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders.
“When he said he was willing to give to that, I can be No. 9 and maybe in 10-15 years when he retires and I’m still kicking, I can get No. 5 back.