May 1 (UPI) -- Washington Redskins legend Joe Theismann has granted rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins approval to wear the No. 7 jersey.
Theismann spoke about his conversation with Haskins on Wednesday on the Grant & Danny show on Washington's WJFK-106.7-FM. Haskins was the No. 15 overall pick by the Redskins in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was the third quarterback selected.
Theismann, 69, played 12 seasons for the Redskins. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, a Super Bowl champion and an All-Pro. He also won the 1983 NFL MVP award.
No Redskins player has worn No. 7 since Theismann retired in 1985. Haskins sported No. 7 during his career at Ohio State.
"I just got off the phone with Dwayne just a little while ago, and I told him it was OK to wear No. 7," Theismann said. "I've given him permission. Not that I feel like I needed to, but he was respectful enough to ask."
"We had a really nice conversation. It's important to him. And hey, I want the kid to be successful. He doesn't need to worry about, 'Well, I wish I could've worn a different jersey. I wish I could've worn a number.'"
Theismann was a fourth round pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 1971 NFL Draft, but opted to sign with the Toronto Argonauts that year instead. After he played a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, the Redskins obtained his rights from the Dolphins.