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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
At ESPN, Arrington talks number change

By Field Yates



As part of his day spent at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington made an appearance on an afternoon edition of SportsCenter.

The recently re-signed defensive back shared some insight into his decision to relinquish his jersey number 24 to veteran free-agent signee Adrian Wilson, who previously offered Arrington a year's worth of diapers for his infant son in exchange for the number he's worn throughout his career.

"The icing on the cake was he's going to come over and babysit a few times," Arrington, who will now wear 25, said with a laugh.

And yes, Wilson did in fact make good on his diaper offer, as a UPS truck-full showed up at Arrington's home. "A very generous amount," Arrington said.

Arrington was also asked about recent comments from Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark, who said that Tom Brady "sees ghosts" at-times while under duress on the field. Clark, who was serving as a week-long guest analyst for ESPN at the time of his remarks, later referred to Brady as the toughest quarterback to face in the NFL in a radio interview with WEEI in Boston.

After hearing the comments played over the studio set, Arrington quipped, "Ryan didn't say that. That wasn't Ryan, was it? He didn't say anything about me, did he?"

The 26-year old then deferred comment on Clark's remarks.

"That's just one of those things that's between Ryan and Tom," he said. "I know Tom, he does his talking on the field, so I'm going to leave that one alone. I'm going to let Tom defend himself on that one, as much as I like to come to my quarterback's defense."

When given the opportunity to offer words for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Arrington heaped praise on the signal caller.

"Ben, he's a tremendous player, a tremendous competitor," he said. "I definitely look forward to that game [against the Steelers] this year. We'll cross bridges when we get there."