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Former Ravens QB Joe Flacco doesn’t care that Marquise Brown took his No. 5 jersey: ‘It’s just a number’

When Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown switched from his No. 15 jersey to No. 5 this offseason, there was some blowback.

Not from Joe Flacco, though. The former Ravens quarterback and the franchise’s most famous No. 5 said Monday that he doesn’t have a problem with Brown taking his old number.

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“I think that’s all a bunch of crap,” he said of the criticism in an interview on WJZ-FM 105.7′s “Inside Access with Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman.” “I mean, numbers are numbers, man. It’s all fair game. ... It’s just a number and all that.

Flacco, who signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, said the only exceptions for Ravens jersey numbers are those belonging to the defensive icons he played with in Baltimore — linebackers Ray Lewis (No. 52) and Terrell Suggs (No. 55) and safety Ed Reed (No. 20) — “just because I look up to those guys so much.”

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Brown, who wore No. 5 at Oklahoma, was allowed to switch to a single-digit number for the first time under the NFL’s relaxed uniform guidelines.

“I was excited when I heard I had the opportunity to get No. 5,” said Brown, who, under NFL rules, had to buy out the existing inventory of uniforms. “So I was like, ‘You don’t know what could happen next year, so let’s just get it done now.’ ”

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