Former 49ers punter Andy Lee, who was recently traded to the Browns, has decided to make the last stretch of his NFL career mean something more than just wins and losses.
After 11 years of wearing No. 4, Lee has changed his jersey number to No. 8, to commemorate his late daughter Madelyn.
The significance of the eight is to represent the number of days before she passed away from post-birth complications.
"I think sometimes, not necessarily by me and my wife, her life can get overlooked. She was here, she was a person but nobody got to meet her, nobody got to see her,” Lee told the team's official website. “She was really alive and really a person. It's a way to honor her and kind of just give her some glory she deserves.”
Lee’s wife, Rachel, gave birth to Madelyn, on January 27, one month after Lee attempted what would be his final punt in a 49ers uniform.
Madelyn was their third child. The 32-year-old punter has two other children: 5-year-old Ryan and 3-year-old Adam.
Lee is a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro. He is the most decorated punter in 49ers franchise history, and one of the most accomplished of his generation.