- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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For Michael Vick, eight is good enough.
The veteran quarterback, who has worn No. 7 since high school, has decided to wear No. 8 with the New York Jets. Vick said when he signed last month he wasn't interested in taking No. 7 from Geno Smith, declaring, "Geno is going to wear No. 7. I'm changing my number."
Vick used social media to help him with his decision, tweeting Sunday that he wanted fans to help him choose between No. 8 and No. 3.
On Monday morning, Vick took to Instagram to announce the choice, showing a picture of him wearing No. 8 in a white Jets uniform and writing, "I want to see everybody in there MV8 jerseys this year. I appreciate all the fans that helped. Fresh start..new me! #JetsNation #GangGreen #V8".
However, the photo appeared to be removed from his Instagram account as of Monday evening.
Vick, who wore No. 7 at Virginia Tech and with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, will be the seventh player in Jets history to wear No. 8. The last was Mark Brunell, another left-handed passer who backed up Mark Sanchez in 2010 and 2011.
The Jets have another pending number decision involving Chris Johnson. The recently signed running back wore No. 28 for six seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but that number isn't an option. It was retired by the Jets to honor Hall of Famer Curtis Martin.
Michael Vick, who has worn No. 7 since high school, has decided to wear No. 8 for the New York Jets.