Veterans get more perks than rookies. Stars get more perks than veterans. It's the way the world works; pretending otherwise is wishful thinking. Nowhere else is this more apparent than when considering uniform numbers -- a star coming to a new team generally gets the number of his choice, even if it's already held by another player. Typically, there's an exchange involved; maybe the star has to buy the person whose number he's usurping dinner, or a car, or something. When those negotiations break down, however, you get a situation like the low-level kerfluffle between Tracy Porter and Charles Woodson. Porter's a bit miffed that the Raiders essentially stripped him of his No. 24 to give it to Woodson after the two couldn't come to an agreement on a fair exchange. Porter will now wear No. 31, which fortunately, isn't some ridiculously lame number like 57 or 71.

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