Just moments after the Chiefs had beaten the Chargers 30-13 at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this month, linebacker Justin Houston had a burning question.
“Hey!” Houston shouted. “Anybody got a marker?”
It may not seem like your typical postgame request, but it’s becoming more common at NFL contests as players have taken up the soccer tradition of exchanging jerseys after a game. On the Dec. 16, Houston met with the Chargers’ Melvin Ingram, each removed their jerseys (Ingram had some troubles) and, after a marker was located, signed the memorabilia.
The Chiefs’ Reggie Ragland said he is collecting the jerseys for his man cave, but it comes at a cost.
“It does come out of our paycheck, because they have to go order a new jersey for the next game, but I don’t mind it,” Ragland said. “It’s all about the memories for me.”
You can see more of what Ragland and teammate Chris Jones said about swapping jerseys in the video above.