Night net null null The Falcons have allowed a rookie running back to change his jersey number to honor his murdered brother.Qadree Ollison was given perm
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Falcons rookie changes jersey numbers to honor murdered brother

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Falcons rookie changes jersey numbers to honor murdered brother

Night net null null The Falcons have allowed a rookie running back to change his jersey number to honor his murdered brother.Qadree Ollison was given permission to switch

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numbers from No. 32 to No. 30 to pay tribute to his older brother, LeRowne Harris, who died in 2017 at age 35. According to Ollison, it was Falcons coach Dan Quinn who came up with the idea after the team waived fullback Ricky Ortiz, who originally had No. 30."They've got to call and ask the league, but [Quinn] said it shouldn't be a problem,'' Ollison told ESPN. "A number is a number, but this means a little bit more to me. It's going to be really nice to have that. It's going to be exciting for everybody, just wearing that number and what it represents to me and my family.'' While playing for Pittsburgh last season, Ollison changed from his No. 37 to 30 to honor Harris.The Falcons' star running back, Devonta Freeman, said he understood where Ollison was coming from. Freeman wears No. 24 to pay tribute to his late aunt, who died from a heart attack at age 24. Related News Night net preview 2019: Three surprising teams to watch this season Night net preview 2019: Five rookies to watch this season Night net preview 2019: Five circle-the-calendar games "I definitely respect it, for him to represent his brother like that,'' Freeman said of Ollison. "Everything I do and when I perform, it's about my family, my auntie, and success for generations.''Since the request can take up to seven days to be granted, there is a chance Ollison won't be able to wear No. 30 for Atlanta's season opener at the Vikings. However, he should be suited up in the new number for the Falcons' home opener against the Eagles the following week.Ollison was drafted in the fifth round and is expected to back up Freeman and Ito Smith this season.

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