History Of The Number: Allen’s 35

Anthony Allen becomes the first offensive Ravens player to don No. 35 since 1996.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Even though the No. 18 that rookie Anthony Allen wore at Georgia Tech will probably be available next year – as Donte’ Stallworth is slated to become a free agent – the young running back enters the NFL with 35 splashed across his purple jersey.

Consider 35 more position-friendly for Allen, as running backs and defensive backs must have numbers spanning from 20-49. Quarterbacks, punters and kickers are assigned numbers from 1-19.

With his new assignment, Allen actually becomes the first offensive player to don No. 35 for the Ravens since 1996.

Here is a look at those who have preceded Allen for the purple and black:

2006-08, 09: CB Corey Ivy
Ivy may have only been 5-foot-9, but he had heart for miles, which showed during his two tours in Baltimore. The Ravens’ top nickel and a solid special teamer at the time, Ivy suffered a torn kidney in a 2006 game at Denver that forced the team plane to make an emergency landing. Told he would miss the season, Ivy only sat out two games, then returned to score an interception, sack and forced fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2001: DB Reggie Waddell
Waddell was an undrafted free agent out of Western Illinois who only got on the field for one game in 2001. He did not record any statistics in the season opener and was subsequently waived and re-signed to the Ravens’ practice squad. Waddell played only one year of NFL football.

2000: DB Robert Bailey
A key cog in the Super Bowl XXXV championship team, Bailey was the Ravens’ top nickel back for one year. In the 2000 playoffs, Bailey intercepted a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship and recovered a fumble in the title bout. A neck injury ended his 11-year career the following season.

1996: FB Carwell Gardner
A 6-foot-2, 240-pound battering ram, Gardner was on the Ravens’ inaugural squad and caught the first regular-season pass in franchise history. His brief stay in Baltimore saw him play in 13 games, starting three, and rack up 108 rushing yards on 26 carries. But, he did solidify the Ravens’ backfield as their only fullback on the roster.

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