Why 24 has meaning to Arrington

March, 21, 2013
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As a follow-up to today's light-hearted exchange in which veteran safety Adrian Wilson offered a year's worth of Pampers to cornerback Kyle Arrington for jersey No. 24, here is a quick note on why 24 has meaning to Arrington.

When Arrington was first making the transition from Hofstra to the NFL in 2008, he was assigned jersey No. 42. At that point in his career, he was cut by both the Eagles and Buccaneers.

When Arrington first arrived in New England as a practice squad player in 2009, he initially donned No. 27. But when No. 24 became available, a result of Jonathan Wilhite leaving in free agency after the 2010 season, Arrington pounced on it.

The reason is that it reflects how he's flipped his NFL fortunes -- from a No. 42 struggling to hang on to a No. 24 who has carved out a role on a winning team.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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